IT Management

It’s no secret that the stakes are high and getting higher when it comes to protecting corporate information. After all, these crown jewels—intellectual property, finances, details about customers, most successful products and top talent—are valuable to every organization. Data governance missteps threaten the success and perhaps even the longevity of most enterprises…

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When it comes to storage networks—or networks in general—being proactive hasn’t always been easy or, in some cases, even possible. However, the storage networking world has really evolved over the past two years when it comes to managing the storage area network (SAN) infrastructure. A proactive management methodology is going to pay you immense dividends with the entire SAN, both for FICON and open systems…

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The rate of information technology change remains exponential and IT executives must keep pace if their companies are to remain competitive. As a whole, IT executives have failed to do so, while most of those who are adopting the disruptive technologies aren’t doing a decent job of explaining the productivity gains they’ve achieved year over year. Rapid technology change isn’t something that began with the computer. You can go back to the start of the industrial revolution to see how each generation of disruptive technologies has changed the world. IT executives can’t forget the historical trends and must provide the leadership for their organizations to create and execute a disruptive technology agenda for the next decade…

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Innovation is the driving force behind everything we do. Innovation isn’t just about the technology; it’s the dynamic process by which we bring high-value solutions to our clients. We think about how we address our business, what’s happening with our clients and shifts in the marketplace, and how we need to quickly implement change to help them successfully run their businesses…

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Recently, I was asked to create a seminar on risk avoidance and business continuity planning for software-defined data centers (SDDCs). I found the request vaguely amusing, since I’d been saying for some time that SDDCs were nothing new; that since I entered “data processing” back in the early ’80s, we had always architected data center infrastructure, services and processes to meet the needs of business applications and databases. In other words, we had always had software defining our data center. …

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There’s no question that information in the age before the Internet was limited. Every aspect of our lives was more private. We had to know people personally to truly “know” who they were. Even our professional lives—traditionally summed up in the form of the one-page resume—tended to remain unknown until we had the opportunity to actually show what we could do in the workplace. The resume may have been good at outlining job history, but it certainly couldn’t prove to employers that the person they hired would ultimately be successful in a certain position…

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could improve collaboration, responsiveness and decision-making between business teams and IT so you could accelerate business growth? Predictive analytics can improve the management and availability of critical business processes. It has the ability to gather and process vast amounts of data from application and operational systems so critical applications run more effectively with fewer outages. This results in better business decisions based on real-time and historic insight, contributing significant ROI to your business…

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We’ve known for years that the digital age would eventually make so many aspects of daily life as we knew it in the 20th century obsolete: land lines, camera film, even DVDs. It’s no different in the job market, where the resume is also increasingly becoming obsolete. Especially for those in IT, recruiters aren’t looking at a one-page explainer anymore to find out if someone has what it takes for a certain job. They’re looking at the entire Internet. It’s where we’re all living our lives, after all…

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It’s amazing to see how one individual can bring an entire market segment to its knees by raising questions about the very fabric on which the solutions are built. As they say, “Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion.” Snowden’s exposure of the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs PRISM and XKeyscore are very scary. This has made companies rethink their business and solution delivery strategy going forward. In recent years, many companies have had a “CloudFirst” strategy; now I’m hearing “ConfusionFirst” from them…

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