applications

3 ways to avoid failure in application deployment

In my previous post, I discussed six causes of system failures and their resulting negative impacts for enterprises. How can one one avoid failure? 1. If you have not yet built your DevOps practice, now is the time. DevOps increases the feedback loop exchange from ideas to customer feedback. Automating the application release and deployment […]

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6 causes of application deployment failure

Today’s businesses operate in an environment of accelerated transformation and rapidly changing business models. It is critical for concerned IT leaders to reduce the risk of failure. It’s no secret that application deployment failures and slow deployment timelines lead to massive financial losses. Potential damage to one’s businesses reputation and, ultimately, the loss of customers […]

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Cognitive computing is driving ROI on cloud

A driving force in cloud adoption is the cost savings one gets from eliminating physical servers, then migrating applications and data into the cloud. This reduces up-front capital expenditures (CAPEX) and enables budget planning that is based around operating expenditures (OPEX) and on-demand service provisioning. Undoubtedly this propels pricing competition among major cloud service providers. […]

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Data and application portability in the hybrid cloud

You know those messages that show up sometimes when you’re logging into your bank account to check your balance? They’re the ones that say something like, “Due to scheduled maintenance, access to online banking will be limited,” usually over the weekend in the middle of the night. Would you miss them if they went away? […]

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A deeper dive into mobile cloud computing

I discussed  the benefits of combining cloud computing and mobile/handheld devices in a blog post called, “What is mobile cloud computing?.” In this post, I will dive deeper into mobile cloud computing concepts with cloud-based services for mobile solutions. Let’s revisit the definition of mobile cloud computing. It’s is an architectural pattern where data storage and […]

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Strengthening infrastructure as a service for enterprise clients

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is used in many of today’s cloud environments, but alone it may not be enough for enterprise cloud solutions.

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AIX in a public or private cloud – IBM Managed Services does both

In an era when CIOs are ever more cost conscious, required to support more customers on stagnant budgets, cloud managed services can control costs for AIX-based application environments.  In this post, I examine the traditional IT approach to customer support as well as a cloud managed services approach, which can provide tremendous benefits. The traditional […]

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Thursday Thoughts: Build the cloud skills recruiters want

In this Thoughts on Cloud video, Shelbee introduces Tim Vanderham, VP, IBM Cloud Services, to talk about three cloud computing skills IT leaders must have to impress recruiters.

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Should I move my application to hybrid cloud?

Should I move my application to a hybrid cloud? This is the question of the day. As hybrid cloud becomes the client and server, or service oriented architecture (SOA), of the 2010s, everyone is asking about trying cloud. As I covered in some previous Thoughts on Cloud blog posts, there are some fundamental structural aspects […]

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A guide to managing applications in a hybrid cloud

Hybrid cloud—the combination of using public and private cloud to host your applications and infrastructure—is becoming the de facto standard for cloud adoption rather than a transitory architecture. According to several industry surveys, 70 percent of organizations are using or evaluating the hybrid cloud today. There are two distinct directions in which the move to […]

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How to migrate existing SNA applications to cloud

One of the more popular TV fads today involves shows where old classic cars are modernized. The mechanics update the engines, tires and brakes and make the cars go faster, but they don’t change the way the owner drives the car. Similarly, Systems Network Architecture (SNA) applications are transactional applications that can be considered “classic.” These applications are […]

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Create and deploy a stand-alone Java application on IBM Bluemix

I’ve found IBM Bluemix to be very intuitive so far, giving users access to many templates, simple drag-and-drop options and illustrative help. But I wanted to provide some information on deploying a stand-alone Java application because it’s something I was searching for, and I assume others will be looking for the same. I intend to highlight common pitfalls and […]

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