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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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An open letter to CIOs about open, hybrid cloud technology and the blended environment

Remember when the topic of open technology made many people in the industry uncomfortable? At IBM, we foresaw how critical open technology would become to our clients and the industry, and therefore embraced it. It was and remains essential. Now we’re at the forefront of another disruption: a transition to cloud in the form of […]

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Expand your infrastructure with cloud and VMware

What might a retailer, an oil company and a tennis club have in common? They all need to increase their IT capability for short periods of time to support a peak business need. Retailers run sales promotions at different times during the year. Oil companies receive and then process seismic data from potential oil fields. […]

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IT operations analytics – Let humans tackle the harder problems

It’s a fact: IT challenges organizations face every day are increasing, while the staff needed to resolve these issues is decreasing. We see this trend across markets—transportation, finance, broadband and retail. For example, financial options trading halted on the biggest US exchange following an outage caused by software issues. And a leading freight company lost […]

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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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How to achieve success in cloud outsourcing projects

Outsourcing is a stepping stone on the way to cloud computing. I would even say that companies with outsourcing experience can much more easily adopt cloud than others. They are already used to dealing with a service provider, and they have learned how to trust and challenge it to get the desired services. But certain […]

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How the cloud is revolutionizing roles in the IT department

Many people see cloud as an evolution of outsourcing. By moving their traditional information technology (IT) resources into a public cloud, clients can focus on their core business differentiators. Cloud doesn’t nix the need for the hardware, software and systems management—it merely encapsulates and shields the user from those aspects. It puts IT in the hands of […]

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Why you should try ‘cloudstorming’ for your next cloud project

Today, the cloud is affecting how we have discussions in information technology (IT) and business sectors. In fact, “cloudstorming” is a term that has been used to describe brainstorming around cloud-related projects. But to fully understand this idea, we need to start at the beginning of cloud. The concept of the cloud was taken from […]

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How will the IT organization change because of cloud innovation?

Cloud computing is a trending topic, and although it is much debated, few speak about how it will affect information technology (IT) organizations. Years ago I drew a diagram of a generic IT organization’s structure, but upon revisiting it today I realized how many changes in IT departments I had left out. This led me to speculate about […]

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Preview: 2014 Business Tech Trends Report

Two years ago, the IBM Center for Applied Insights released the 2012 IBM Tech Trends Report. This is an exhaustive biannual survey of more than 1,200 IT and business decision makers who are determining when, where and how their organizations adopt mobile, analytics, cloud and social technologies. The survey found that fewer than 40 percent of […]

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Five ways the healthcare industry benefits from cloud computing

While many industries benefit from the cloud, it has been especially the case for the healthcare industry, resulting in improved outcomes. Let’s take a look at some of the areas that are bringing significant benefits to the industry. Data analytics: The exploitation of data by applying analytical methods such as statistics, predictive and quantitative models […]

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Overcoming institutional fears of cloud computing

In my previous post, I addressed some of the inherent fears that some organizations have regarding cloud computing. Today, I’d like to take a look at why these institutions, and the people who lead them, might fear the cloud. I propose that it comes down to four basic concerns: Fear of the Unknown: What is cloud computing?  Is it just […]

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