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7 Steps to Controlling Cloud Sprawl

By Aaron Polikaitis



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IDC MarketScape Examines Global IaaS Players

By Erik Berggren

To be successful with a cloud strategy, organizations must take a comprehensive approach to adoption. Today, IaaS is a major component of any enterprise cloud adoption strategy. Selecting what workloads to host in a public or private cloud is a major decision. Further, selecting the right vendor for each workload is another complex decision. IDC’s IaaS MarketScape has taken a deep look at the marketplace of the major global IaaS players.

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Cloud - Current Trends

By Erik Berggren

Thoughts from the CIO 100 Symposium

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On December 8, 2016, AWS rolled out its Quebec (Canada) region, called Canada Central.

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I’ve written previously about how our firsthand interviews with SaaS buyers have revealed a mixed bag of user experience, and satisfaction with long-term results. The problems mostly stem from the implementation: even with significant input from 3rd party implementation partners (VARs, SIs), unforeseen challenges (the complexities of the SLA, difficulties of bulking up from trial to full deployment, and the process change required for users to map to the new solution), the journey can be daunting. Some of the fault for this situation is due to the whole IT supply (software services vendors, resellers) and demand (all sizes of IT organizations but especially mid-sized and smaller), because they are prone to selling, installing, and deploying subscription services just as they’ve done for years with packaged applications. Sometimes frustration with this regime inspires innovators. Recently I attended a briefing by the CEO of a cloud solution provider (one of NetSuite’s largest resellers) who after 100+ cloud deployments recognized a recurring problem in the SMB space: a lack of highly-experienced functional expertise that was slowing the pace of new SaaS HR/HCM deployments. Many of the problems stemmed from poor domain expertise, not lack of IT skills – there are plenty of talented admins and sysops around. The CEO is Brenda Brinkley, head of Epiphany, who is launching a new company in Q2 2014 called Elysian Field Software.

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IBM's Analyst Day in Canada

By Mark Schrutt

On September 23, 2014, IBM brought together the top IT services and outsourcing advisors in Canada

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The potential of cloud-based services has found expression in beautifully crafted marketing material from IT firms and consulting firms alike. Most of the visions are on the right track. What they fail to show is the development of the backend and the winners and losers that will emerge as cloud becomes a dominant IT paradigm.

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Millennials (born between 1982 and 2000) are attractive prospects in three ways: 1) Interest in leveraging technology; 2) Comfort with advanced mobile capabilities and resources available on the cloud; and 3) A genuine interest in doing things better and more efficiently to improve business outcomes, and also enhance the quality of life they enjoy. But only 6-9% of SMBs have them at the top. In ten years things will be different!

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