Are Blockchain and Decentralized Cloud Making Much Headway?

There is some debate about potential benefits of hosting cloud computing on a centralized or decentralized network, and whether the blockchain might pose some relevance on such a front. The answer seems to be a definite maybe — under certain circumstances. Avivah Litan, vice president and analyst with Gartner, says blockchain enables decentralized cloud computing, … Read more

Fintech, Cloud, and Finding Ways to Bridge the Skills Gap

How can companies take advantage of innovation in fintech if they do not have the skills in-house or tools to exploit the latest such resources? They might tap into third-party solutions providers such as Prophix or look to education providers such as Skillsoft to tighten up those gaps. There is a growing expectation among organizations … Read more

California Association of Realtors Discusses Its Cloud Migration

The cloud migration of the California Association of Realtors (CAR) led to deeper reassessment of how the organization handled its workloads. That was one of the takeaways recalled by Josh Sharfman, chief technology and innovation officer with the organization when discussing migrated resources from on-prem to the cloud via cloud service provider OVHcloud. Sharfman says … Read more

Bringing Shadow IT Into the Light

Shadow IT is the unauthorized use of software, hardware, and cloud services. Typically, users skirt official IT channels in order to complete their work faster and easier. If they secretly use these things for other purposes, then that’s a far more serious security concern for the business. But by and large, there’s fruit to be … Read more

How to Maximize Your Organization’s Cloud Budget

Cloud services are an integral part of IT and business life. So, too, are concerns about spending too much on cloud operations. It’s easy to overspend on the cloud, says Elizabeth Ebert, CIO advisory partner at IT and management consulting firm Infosys Consulting. “Companies that are overspending on cloud resources tend to be the ones … Read more

Fender’s CIO Talks Tuning Up SAP with a Migration to AWS

The rise in business has prompted the global guitar maker Fender to think of more efficient ways to use its SAP resources. Moving from company-controlled computing resources to the public cloud can be a challenge. Although Fender has already embraced the cloud for other aspects of its operations, there has been some reluctance to make … Read more

How to Repurpose an Obsolete On-Premises Data Center

There comes a time in the life of every data center when its owner is faced with a stark choice: update the facility, reset its purpose, or empty it. In 2019, Gartner predicted that by 2025, 80% of companies will close their traditional data centers. Today, the trend shows no sign of slowing. A “cloud … Read more

Reliance on Cloud Requires Greater Resilience Among Providers

The final weeks of 2021 brought a reminder that with the transition to a cloud-driven world, the future the likes of Gartner had predicted, it also came with the risk of accidental service loss and the need for backup plans. A few days before Christmas, Amazon Web Services (AWS) dealt with another outage, this time … Read more

HPE and Transamerica Open Their Cloud Transformation Playbooks

Moving to the cloud meant a tightening of IT resources with the expansion of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Transamerica. During a panel discussion held at the Infosys Americas Leadership Forum in New York, companies shared some of their experiences leveraging cloud resources as part of their ongoing IT and operations transformation. The panel explored … Read more

How are Organizations Doing with Cloud?

Businesses continue to flock to the cloud, eager to weed out huge capital expenditures in data centers – but should we demand more from cloud providers? It is no secret that cloud service providers are prime targets for hackers, and they can also make mistakes that trigger security breaches and data theft. In 2020, disgruntled … Read more