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Transformation on a Global Scale

Transformation on a Global Scale

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but it’s people that make it happen. For an IT organization to help transform an institution, the individuals in the technology group need to make a concerted effort to look beyond their...

NRAM: The Next Generation of Memory Technology

NRAM: The Next Generation of Memory Technology

The tech industry is notorious for its unquenchable thirst for upgrade. With new models and generations of the same product being released often several times per year, this is an easy trend to detect. This idea is to increase...

IT Briefcase Interview: Why Increasing Demand for Always-on Connectivity is Driving Advances in Network Resiliency

IT Briefcase Interview: Why Increasing Demand for Always-on Connectivity is Driving Advances in Network Resiliency

with Gary Marks, Opengear
In this interview, Opengear CEO Gary Marks offers analysis into why network resilience has become such a challenge for today’s enterprises, as well as how businesses are improving the management of their remotely-located network sites....





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CLOUD COMPUTING

Section 508 Refresh Seeks Digital Access to All

March 23, 2017 No Comments

It is time for government agencies to take heed of accessibility requirements. The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (also known as the Access Board) delivered a final rule, effective March 21, concerning the contemporary implementation of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which relates to ensuring the availability of accessible IT in the federal workplace. Because technology is constantly evolving, this “refresh” serves to address technological advancements and keep the Rehabilitation Act current.

Transformation on a Global Scale

March 22, 2017 No Comments

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but it’s people that make it happen. For an IT organization to help transform an institution, the individuals in the technology group need to make a concerted effort to look beyond their jobs in order to understand the needs, struggles, and goals of the business. Only by doing so will they be able to create and bring to the table new technology-enabled solutions.

Which Is Better: Private Or Public Cloud?

March 14, 2017 No Comments

When companies look at putting up a cloud infrastructure, one of the first questions that comes up is whether they should use a private or a public cloud. 10 years ago, the answer was more often a yes for private clouds than it is today. Somewhere along the technology growth path, publicly traded computing facilities like Amazon got so good at security that it made sense for most companies in most situations to go out and implement a public cloud.

NRAM: The Next Generation of Memory Technology

March 13, 2017 No Comments

The tech industry is notorious for its unquenchable thirst for upgrade. With new models and generations of the same product being released often several times per year, this is an easy trend to detect. This idea is to increase or optimize speed, capacity, durability or versatility. “Innovate or die.” That’s the mantra. In keeping with this trend, Massachusetts-based tech company Nantero Inc. is cooking up a new and innovative computer memory component that is expected to make major waves: NRAM.

IT Briefcase Interview: Why Increasing Demand for Always-on Connectivity is Driving Advances in Network Resiliency

March 9, 2017 No Comments

with Gary Marks, OpengearIn this interview, Opengear CEO Gary Marks offers analysis into why network resilience has become such a challenge for today’s enterprises, as well as how businesses are improving the management of their remotely-located network sites. Read More >>>

5 Benefits of Cloud Computing for Big Businesses

March 9, 2017 No Comments

Businesses from different industries and geographical locations are turning to cloud services to store, manage and process data. According to a study done in 2015, the annual spending by companies on cloud computing infrastructure has increased by 30 percent. Companies have reported a lot of benefits due to their cloud strategies. Here are key benefits of cloud computing organizations are experiencing today that has led to quantifiable improvements in their businesses.

Box: Securing Business Information in the Cloud

March 8, 2017 No Comments

The rise of mobility cloud services, and service oriented platforms have created immense value for IT end users, but adapting security controls to protect sensitive content in this highly decentralized architecture has proven difficult. 

eBook – IBM and Box Together in 2016: Transofrming Work in the Cloud

March 7, 2017 No Comments

Tweet This ebook takes you on a  journey to discover a cloud-based content management solution that provides greater visibility and collaborative control over business content. Meet Mike, an IT Solutions Executive, looking for an innovative way to collaborate that’s secure, easy to use, immediate and accessible — all while meeting strict governance policies. Click here to […]

Cloud Security for Enterprises

March 3, 2017 No Comments

Enterprises have begun to move to the cloud as security concerns are remedied and the value of cloud services are realized by businesses. Traditionally, enterprises have been more heavily scaled on the Microsoft infrastructure than small and midsize businesses (SMB). In the past many SMBs worked primarily with third parties and non-Microsoft technologies. That trend is now changing as larger providers develop offerings catered to SMBs.

How Business Intelligence Has Evolved Over the Last Few Decades

February 28, 2017 No Comments

It’s unprecedented the way business intelligence (BI) has evolved over the course of several decades. In your parents’ and grandparents’ generation, data was limited to sales numbers and a few other broad metrics. Today, that has all changed due to the breakout of new key performance indicators made possible through advancements in BI.

How To Turn Your Smartphone Into The Ultimate Portable Storage Device

February 27, 2017 No Comments

Do you remember those little USB memory sticks you would carry around with you? At one point in time, there was no denying they were the ultimate portable storage solution. Suddenly they were rendered useless thanks to the smartphone and it’s only improved over the last few years. Unfortunately, I don’t think the majority of people are using their smartphone to its maximum potential when it comes to data storage. It could easily be fixed if they followed a few tips, so let’s take a quick look at the main ones you should use.

Five Key Questions to Ask Before Migrating to the Cloud

February 27, 2017 No Comments

Migrating applications to the cloud offers incredible opportunities that can make your business more versatile and efficient. Collaboration is often easier with the cloud, for example, and it can make disaster recovery a breeze. However, the cloud isn’t necessarily the right choice for every application. Is your team thinking of shifting your application to a cloud-based model? Make sure to take the following considerations into account before making your move:

Appliances Retain Leading Role in Backup Market

February 27, 2017 No Comments

Despite the benefits of cloud backup, relatively few organizations are using the cloud as their primary data storage tier. One of the consequences is that on-premise backup appliances remain a popular solution for many organizations, particularly small and mid-sized enterprises that lack the resources to implement big-company business continuity strategies.

ebook: Getting a Grip on Content: Empowered Content Collaboration in the Cloud

February 27, 2017 No Comments

This ebook takes you on a journey to discover a cloud-based content management solution that provides greater visibility and collaborative control over business content.

7 Reasons Manufacturers Should Have Moved to the Cloud Yesterday

February 24, 2017 No Comments

Sometimes, it’s hard to see the forest because of the trees. You’ve likely heard that truism before as it applies to many situations, including business application and manufacturing processes. This also is true for Cloud deployment. Because cloud technology is right in front of us, it can be difficult to see the total impact of this disruptive technology on the entire industry.

2017 Predictions: Cloud-Based Software Development Accelerates

February 23, 2017 No Comments

Adoption and use of cloud-based software engineering platforms will accelerate in 2017. Teams have been working in the cloud for a few years now, but in 2017, the trend will gain far more momentum as senior engineering staff and service providers realize and document the benefits of cloud-based development gains. Adoption will not be limited to open source or Microsoft solutions as all software engineering tool stacks are moving quickly to catch the adoption wave.

Top safety tips for using Cloud

February 20, 2017 No Comments

The wave of cloud adoption has brought along a wave of data safety and authorization concerns, particularly for organizations with critical data safety concerns. Whereas cloud computing based technologies empower organizations by providing affordable, agile, and scalable software, platforms, and IT infrastructure, the decision to embrace them is frought with serious qualms for most, because there have already been instances of data theft, hacking, and unauthorized accesses related to cloud based services.

Challenges the Cloud Needs to Overcome in 2017

February 16, 2017 No Comments

Despite the many cloud advancements made in 2016, there are still challenges to be addressed. Some of these are still keeping some organizations from migrating their data and infrastructures. The main concerns are the same. As cloud computing has evolved, these issues may have changed as far as level of priority. They haven’t yet disappeared, and more must be done to prevent organizations from avoiding the cloud.

Featured Tech Article: Preemptive Transformation at Western Union

February 16, 2017 No Comments

Western Union has always been on the forefront of technological innovation. The company launched in 1851 with the invention of the telegraph. Now, 165 years later, we are digitally transforming ourselves and devising new and easier ways for our customers to move money around the world.

Addressing Data Insecurity and Jurisdictional Concerns Once and For All

February 16, 2017 No Comments

There are many circumstances that benefit from a completely novel approach. While the IT industry has evolved rapidly in the last three decades, so have hackers’ tactics. Security vendors have focused on walling in networks or plugging holes in their porous perimeters, but results have been mixed at best.

The Enterprise in 2017: Driven by Cloud

February 9, 2017 No Comments

It’s becoming increasingly evident that cloud adoption is going to become one of the most dominant forces in the IT industry over the next few years. As CIOs continue to focus on the digital transformation of their companies, the transition to cloud-based architectures will undoubtedly be at the forefront.

What it Takes to Get to the Cloud

February 2, 2017 No Comments

IDC forecasts that 65 percent of organizations’ IT assets will be offsite, in co-located, hosting and cloud data centers, by 2018. One-third of IT professionals will be working at third-party service providers. As cloud becomes increasingly popular, it is contributing to an industry-wide shortage of cloud skills. Global Knowledge in 2015 found that one out of five decision-makers was having difficulty finding talent with the skills for cloud initiatives, while cloud computing jobs were one of the highest paying, with a mean salary of $102,000.

Understanding 2017′s Top Cloud Security Risks and How to Protect Your Data

February 2, 2017 No Comments

As the cloud becomes a more popular medium for individuals and businesses alike, many people are searching for new ways to break through cloud security and acquire more information. In order to ensure that you and your data are protected, you must understand the security risks and implement methods to protect your data that is stored in the cloud. Since over 70 percent of businesses operate in the cloud, it is more important than ever for those businesses and their customers to take the necessary precautions to protect and backup cloud data.

9 Reasons Why Health Practices Should Switch to the Cloud

January 23, 2017 No Comments

In a study conducted by MarketsandMarkets, they discovered that the healthcare industry is set to increase their spending on the cloud-based services by nearly $9.5 billion in 2020. Why is this? Because health practitioners manage a huge amount of data particularly in the financial, operational, human resources, and back office department. 

Bridging Unisys MAPPER to Cloud-Ready Java

January 19, 2017 No Comments

During a recent webinar, Astadia legacy modernization expert Craig Marble and Abbey Road Software CEO Dave MacSwain discussed how companies can cost-effectively solve the ever-increasing demand for Unisys MAPPER/BIS conversion as they move to the cloud. Today, CIOs take a very different view of MAPPER. Most see it as an increasingly costly application that is keeping them from modernizing their legacy systems and realizing the promise of digital transformation and cloud computing.

Cisco Intercloud Fabric: Hybrid Cloud with Choice, Consistency, Control and Compliance

January 17, 2017 No Comments

This document is written for IT decision makers, architects, engineers, and application owners who make architectural decisions for hybrid deployments. The architecture described in this document is for large and medium-sized businesses that are considering hybrid cloud solutions. This document is also useful for service providers that deliver hybrid cloud services to businesses.

Future Proof Your IT Job: What You Need to Know about the Cloud & Your Business in 2017

January 11, 2017 No Comments

If you’ve worked in IT for very long, you’ve seen a lot of changes as businesses have started the journey to cloud. As an IT professional, you have a choice. You can fight the change (good luck with that!) and try to keep all technologies on-premise, or you can accept the change and help your company make a successful transition.

Hybrid-Ready Private Cloud Lets Your Business Soar

January 4, 2017 No Comments

Read more to learn how Cisco® ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite delivers a modular approach to hybrid-ready private cloud that allows you to adopt cloud services at a pace that is comfortable for your business.

WebSphere on Cloud TCO Calculator

January 3, 2017 No Comments

Do you wonder how much you could save by moving your apps to the cloud? Well now with the IBM Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Calculator, the mystery is gone.

How Cloud Computing Has Influenced Education

January 2, 2017 No Comments

The internet, and more recently cloud computing, has made a huge number of changes in the way many individuals today live their lives. Cloud computing has had a huge impact on both personal and business use of the internet, making it easier for individuals and groups to collaborate, safely store data and information, host websites, and much more without having to even think about a physical server or physical storage devices.

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