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Shadow IT is a good thing for IT organizations…and here’s why... It is important to first understand what Shadow IT is and why it happens. Shadow IT is commonly referred to when non-IT organizations delve into the delivery of technology solutions…without IT’s involvement. It happens for a number of reasons. But the most common is when there is demand for a technology solution and it is believed (right or wrong) that IT is not able to assist or deliver the solution. This could be due to timing, availability, experience, bureaucracy, or a number of other factors. The bottom line is that the non-IT organization believes they can address a need better than the IT organization can. In general, is Shadow IT a bad thing? Yes, but has the opportunity to evolve into a very good thing. Shadow IT (as it is often implemented today) is a reaction to a problem with a solution tha... (more)

IT Reaches the Tipping Point

IT is dead. Long live IT! 2013 is turning into a watershed year for CIOs as the traditional CIO is not the CIO of today. Business expectations, IT leadership styles and technology solutions are all driving an evolutionary change for CIOs and the IT organizations they lead. The changes did not happen overnight as business shifts, Shadow IT and New Technology were all contributors. Tim Crawford with Cloud Expo, Inc. CEO Carmen Gonzalez Now that the industry is reaching a tipping point where the new CIO model becomes the new standard, look for a number of changes moving forward: Bus... (more)

Strategic Impact of Acquisitions: Oracle Acquisition of Virtual Iron Example

This week’s announcement of Oracle’s (NYSE: ORCL) acquisition of Virtual Iron caused a bit of a stir. Oracle’s press release is a bit vague and financial terms were not disclosed: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/018535 The acquisition acknowledges an architectural shift toward a collapsed stack. Today’s stack includes layers for applications, platforms and infrastructure. A future stack would eliminate the middle [...] ... (more)

Could Data Centers Become Black Sheep?

Could they? Could it be out of Vogue to operate your own data center? Current developments in Corporate Social Responsibility and a maturing data center marketplace are starting to drive these changes. For many, this could be a discussion about the pink elephant in the room. Data centers have been, and continue to be a requirement for businesses around the world. We rely more heavily every day on systems and the applications they run. Those applications run on servers and use storage subsystems; all of which are connected with networking devices. Collectively, we call this the “... (more)

Cloud Computing Turns InfoSec Upside Down

I had the opportunity to write a post for SecureWorld Post’s site. The role Information Security (InfoSec) is nothing new to many organizations. InfoSec’s methods and best practices are well understood. Note I am distinguishing between being understood and well implemented. As technology and methods make incremental changes, InfoSec processes evolved accordingly. And best practices become more widely understood. That is all well and good. Then Cloud Computing comes along. Without getting into the nuances what it is and how long it has been around, it is significantly changing the I... (more)