Organizations are increasingly migrating services and applications to the cloud in order to reduce capital expenses, simplify IT management and provide employees with greater flexibility. But while the cloud can provide a number of tantalizing business benefits, organizations large and small continue to make many of the same mistakes as they race to the cloud. A lack of thorough planning is the source of some of the most common pitfalls:
Just about everyone agrees that the economic model of the American healthcare system is unsustainable, despite very different approaches for fixing the problem. The increasing urgency to reduce costs and improve efficiency is changing the economics of healthcare.
Every year, groups of technology prognosticators proclaim, “This will be the year of VDI!” When you look at the benefits of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), it’s easy to understand the optimism. VDI delivers a consistent desktop environment and access to the same data and applications across any device. Centralized desktop management and improved resource utilization increase operation efficiency. Security is also easier to manage because all the data is stored in the data center — a lost or stolen device won’t result in data loss.
End-user computing is quickly changing from a PC-centric environment to an environment that encompasses a wide range of devices. Organizations are changing their approach to capitalize on the improvements in productivity, flexibility and agility that mobility offers. Instead of providing employees with a single, physical computer where all business tools and resources reside, organizations are now providing access to business tools and resources from virtually any device.
When it comes to the protection of a given item, there are always risks involved. If you don’t get a home security system, you could experience a break-in. Forget to lock your bike? It may not be there when you go back for it. In cloud environments, the risks of ignoring or not prioritizing security are significant.
As we go about our everyday lives, we are faced with important security decisions at every turn. Some important decisions are mindless and quick, like locking the car door when you’re running back into the house to grab something, putting the alarm system on when you’re taking your dog for a walk, or running a virus scan on your computer. These actions can save us headaches in the long run.
When it comes to security within the cloud, there are a lot of misconceptions about what that actually means, making it harder to decide to move to the cloud. Take the quiz below to gauge your understanding of security in the cloud:
Waiting until a tire blows to check the air pressure is not the safe or inexpensive way to do things. Obstacles lie around every corner and the reactive method, specifically with data security, is always an unsafe bet. A proactive approach is a part of any healthy technology strategy and can save time and money over the long run. Below is a list of roadblocks that can force a business to hit the brakes, causing them to lose money, damage their reputation, and waste time.
Today, more and more businesses are adopting the cloud as their go-to model. RightScale’s survey found that 87% of organizations utilize the public cloud, while 74% of enterprises take advantage of a hybrid cloud strategy. Furthermore, the survey showed that “respondents reported more benefits from cloud computing in 2014 over the previous year in a variety of categories, including higher availability, geographic reach, cost savings, and business continuity.” Despite the major trends in cloud computing, there are still many concerns that IT teams and business executives share. Below, we dig into what they are most worried about.
As a CMO, I have a much stronger voice when it comes to IT spending than I did 10 or even five years ago. Having the right tools, services and applications is essential to analyzing big data, responding to customer needs, and quickly rolling out new products and services – all of which create competitive advantages and drive revenue. In fact, Gartner predicts that the CMO will outspend the CIO on IT by 2017.
In enterprise IT, where hidden expenses like downtime can cost the average mid-size business almost $700,000 each year, it’s important to have a plan in place for worst-case scenarios. In today’s business environment, disaster recovery tactics, addressing shadow IT, securing data, and maintaining operations are more important than ever. But how do you focus on important IT strategies, like planning for growth and creating business continuity plans, when day-to-day business operations take up most of your time?
Topics: Managed Services