Helping clients manage their technology for over 30 years.

Forging a path to IT resilience

 Forging a path to IT resilience

In my last post, I focused on wildfire, one of several kinds of disruptive threats that can quickly bring down a business and the IT infrastructure on which it critically depends.

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Wildfires are unique — and so are the ways IT must cope with them

Cloud Optimization

When it comes to the costs of natural disasters last year – what reinsurer Aon Benfield calls “perils” – wildfires ranked a distant third. Continue reading

Four cloud optimization best practices

Cloud Optimization

Just as your embrace of cloud computing has been unique, so will the approach you take to optimizing your cloud(s).

Inevitably, you’ll face the sheer complexity of emerging IT technologies as well as decisions about productively and cost-efficiently deploying and managing those technologies, and about choosing from among an ever-growing range of cloud provider options and pricing models.

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It’s time to optimize your cloud(s)

IT Integration

The great cloud computing experiment is over — because it’s been wildly successful and is now being replaced by cloud industrialization on a vast scale.

By 2021, cloud data centers will process 94% of all workloads and compute instances — and you need to be ready.
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Two steps to getting the IT talent you need

IT Integration

Despite occasional arguments that the U.S. IT talent gap is a myth, plenty of evidence (see my last post) points to what appears, in fact, to be a rather significant IT talent gap that’s particularly wide in cybersecurity, cloud computing, big data, analytics, and information management.
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Minding the IT talent gap

IT Integration

For a while now, organizations large and small have struggled to find and retain the IT skillsets they need. Two years have passed since Gartner noted, “Talent has now been recognized globally as the single biggest issue standing in the way of CIOs achieving their objectives.”

If your experience suggests the IT talent gap has intensified since 2016, you’re not alone. Among North American IT decision-makers, 75% say they face a skills shortage, and few expect it to ease over the next two years. Continue reading

Achieving business continuity:
7 strategic best practices

IT Integration

When it comes to risk management, best practices begin with best strategies:

1 Take the time to realistically assess your enterprise’s vulnerabilities
In one recent survey, increased reliance on technology itself and increasing business complexity ranked second and fourth as drivers of increased risk. Continue reading

Risky Business: What’s lurking in your risk landscape?

Risky Business: What’s lurking in your risk landscape?

Businesses have always faced risks. In the 1920s, shopkeepers in small Midwestern towns were issued surplus World War I rifles so they could run into the street and shoot skedaddling bank robbers.

But risks evolve, as do the ways any given risk may impact your business. Continue reading

6 ways Europe’s new data protection rules can impact US businesses — Part 1

10 networking capabilities to look for in your services provider

I’m here to ping you about GDPR.

That’s the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation — due to take effect on May 25. If this sounds like just another set of data privacy rules that someone else, not you, has to worry about — don’t be fooled.
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10 networking capabilities to look for in your services provider

10 networking capabilities to look for in your services provider

The right services provider can ease the burdens of sustaining your network performance. But take care in choosing one. You can start by asking and answering whether the services provider you’re considering can…

1  Scale in tandem with your business?
Meeting both your current and (often unexpected) future needs requires a services provider that’s been successful at combining breadth and depth of capabilitiescloud as well as managed services; data centers, co-location, and network operations centers; vendor-neutral needs assessments; and diverse professional services. Continue reading