I speak with a number of Business Leaders, CIOs, IT leaders and IT staff
about this very issue. The subject of IT Transformation is one that keeps
coming up. Yet, it seems as illusive as it is alluring.
Looking For Direction
The technology (specifically IT) world is becoming more complex and
challenging every day. I speak with a number of Business Leaders, CIOs, IT
leaders and IT staff about this very issue. The subject of IT Transformation
is one that keeps coming up. Yet, it seems as illusive as it is alluring. The
prospect that it could bring is enough motivation for many to try. For most
IT organizations, the capacity to take on the challenge seems out of reach.
Many still struggle to keep up with day-to-day operational challenges. Let
those fall and nothing else matters. On the flip side, doing nothing is not
an option either. Warning: This is hard work and is mu... (more)
Building data centers in specific areas is nothing new. Data centers are
large consumers of power.
That’s not news either.
Typically, data centers are located near sources of low-cost (and hopefully
Energy is a large portion of the overall data center operational costs. But
power isn’t everything. Two other major considerations are connectivity
The data center industry is heading toward an inflection point that has
significant impact on enterprises. It seems many aren't looking far enough
ahead, but the timeline appears to be 12-18 months, which is not that far
out! The issue is a typical supply chain issue of supply, demand and
A Change in the Winds
First, let's start with a bit of background... The advent of Cloud Computing
and newer technologies are driving an increase in the number of enterprises
looking to ‘get out of the data center business. I, along with others, have
presented many times about ‘Death... (more)
Over the years, IT has had the ability to customize the heck out of
applications. Even the industry enabled this addiction to feature creep.
Vendors asked what new button, bell, and whistle customers wanted and then
delivered what they could. Customization became a hallmark of IT trying to
ultimately please the customer and meet their ever-changing requirements.
Custom configurations lead to the ability to do more and increase the value
of the application/ service to the user. As the number of customizations
increased, so did the level of complexity. Eventually, that very flexibil... (more)
In the past week, the conversation around cloud computing has pulled the
spotlight toward Rackspace (NYSE: RAX). Today alone, the stock is trading up
20%. So, why all attention in an otherwise mixed field of great innovators
and steady stalwarts? … Continue reading →