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Can cloud bridge the gap between lines of business and IT?

Over the course of our lengthy careers in information technology (IT) and sales, it has taken many years for us to understand a simple but pervasive fact: in many companies, people from the lines of business (LOB) and people from the IT department don’t really understand each other. In some cases, they behave as if they belonged to different companies.

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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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Executive Corner: Interview with Mike McCarthy, Vice President of Cloud Computing for IBM Global Technology Services

Vasfi Gucer and I recently interviewed Mike McCarthy, Vice President of Cloud Computing for IBM Global Technology Services to get his thoughts regarding IBM’s cloud strategy. Mike discussed various IBM cloud offerings, general challenges for IBM, and aspects about customers who are transitioning into cloud.

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How I learned to stop worrying and love the cloud

I heard for years about the cloud, and coming from a mainframe background, cloud really did not seem like anything new. At most, it seemed like a return to the things we used to do. Needed more processing on demand —ok we allocated more processor power to your jobs. What's the big deal?

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My client changed its department name to “Business Process Improvement Office”

This means that the CIO's focus has changed from IT to business process improvement. If possible, the CIO does not want to further change the IT infrastructure (for example correspondence of software, end of service, and so on).

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