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The next BriefingsDirect IT business model innovation interview explores how pay-as-you-go models have emerged as a new way to align information technology (IT) needs with business imperatives. We'll now learn how global aerospace and defense integrator Northrop Grumman has sought a revolution in business model transformation in how it acquires and manages IT. Listen to the podcast. Find it on iTunes. Get the mobile app. Read a full transcript or download a copy. Here to help explore how cloud computing-like consumption models can be applied more broadly is Ron Foudray, Vice President, Business Development for Technology Services at Northrop Grumman. The interview is conducted by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Here are some excerpts: Gardner: What trends are driving the need to change how IT is acquired? People have been buying IT for 40 o... (more)

Serverless and Container Orchestration | @DevOpsSummit #Docker #Kubernetes #Serverless

The use of containers by developers -- and now increasingly IT operators -- has grown from infatuation to deep and abiding love. But as with any long-term affair, the honeymoon soon leads to needing to live well together ... and maybe even getting some relationship help along the way. And so it goes with container orchestration and automation solutions, which are rapidly emerging as the means to maintain the bliss between rapid container adoption and broad container use among multiple cloud hosts. This BriefingsDirect cloud services maturity discussion focuses on new ways to gain container orchestration, to better use serverless computing models, and employ inclusive management to keep the container love alive. Listen to the podcast. Find it on iTunes. Get the mobile app. Read a full transcript or download a copy. Here to help unpack insights into the new era of using... (more)

Google Tries Making App Engine More Appealing to the Enterprise

With its eye on Amazon Web Services and Amazon's attractions for business, Google has set up App Engine Premier Accounts, an enterprise service for its restrictions-beset PaaS that abandons per-user, per-app pricing. For $500 a month, it's promising premier support, a 99.95% uptime SLA and the ability to create an unlimited number of apps. Interested parties, however, are advised to read its terms of service and definitions of downtime before rushing in. Google is demanding that users try hard to fix any problems before bothering Google in writing and don't expect any help on weekends or late at night. (See http://support.google.com/enterprise/doc/terms/tssg_cloud.html.) Google has also pushed Google Storage for Developers out of Code Labs, renamed it Cloud Storage and lowered the prices on storage and bandwidth across-the-board. It says the all-purpose storage widge... (more)

Case study: How HCI-powered private clouds accelerate efficient digital transformation

The next BriefingsDirect cloud efficiency case study examines how a world-class private cloud project evolved in the financial sector.   We’ll now learn how public cloud-like experiences, agility, and cost structures are being delivered via a strictly on-premises model built on hyper-converged infrastructure for a risk-sensitive financial services company.   Listen to the podcast. Find it on iTunes. Get the mobile app. Read a full transcript or download a copy.   Jim McKittrick joins to help explore the potential for cloud benefits when retaining control over the data center is a critical requirement. He is Senior Account Manager at Applied Computer Solutions (ACS) in Huntington Beach, California. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.   Here are some excerpts:   Gardner: Many enterprises want a private cloud fo... (more)

Is Your Enterprise Data Secure? | @CloudExpo #Cloud #BigData #Analytics

Keeping your enterprise data safe and secure is more important now than it ever has been. IT has always been an ever-changing industry, but in recent years, it has been changing more and more quickly. Now, thanks to the cloud, big data, and mobile devices all expanding at once, it may seem like the entire IT field is completely different every other day. This means your company is going to almost always be re-evaluating and upgrading your network security tools and methods. It's hard to deal with the current threats to your data, never mind prepare for new ones. Fortunately, while it is stressful to keep up with this changing world, it's not impossible. If your team is up to the challenge and is dedicated to protecting your network and the big data you collect, it is possible. Here are five techniques you can use to eliminate a large number of threats and secure yo... (more)

Winning in Chaos - Digital Enterprise Strategies | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #DigitalTransformation

Digital technology innovations and advancements, and our adoption of them, have changed us. We are different consumers, employers and employees. Our expectations have increased. We have become mobile, impatient and demanding. We are global. We demand immediate, accurate and real-time responses. We use our technology not just for reading historic events and news, but also for predicting our future turn while navigating at 60 MPH. Today we want personalized and contextually relevant experiences. We want digital experiences that are beautiful, simple and elegant. We want instant access to all products, services, news, information and friends' status. We want to share our lives instantly and globally. We want to find things, buy things, move money and complete transactions from anywhere at anytime. We want to work from anywhere and have all the information we need instan... (more)

Cybersecurity Is Now A Key Part Of Technology Due Diligence For M&A

Historically due diligence assessments before Mergers & Acquisition (M&A) transactions have focused on traditional risk areas that could pose a significant financial risk, like issues of tax, employment, compliance with regulatory environments, intellectual property protection, and of course contracts. Now that technology is a part of every firm’s business model things have changed. Cybersecurity has become part of every M&A due diligence. Crucial Point has contributed to cybersecurity assessments on both side of M&A transactions. We have helped acquiring firms better understand the digital risks and security posture faced by the firm they are going to acquire, and we have helped firms that want to be in a better position to be acquired ensure they have taken prudent steps to reduce their digital risks. If you are on the buy side of an M&A deal, you will want to mak... (more)

[slides] @SAP in the Cloud | @CloudExpo @Approyo #API #SAP #AI #DX #DigitalTransformation

Approyo CEO Chris Carter got a chance to sit down with Stefana Muller of Datagrid Systems at the recent Cloud Expo. Chris and Stefana discuss the state of the industry, DevOps, Cloud Computing, Big Data and more.... Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here SAP in the Cloud, Is It the Best for You and How? In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Carter, CEO of Approyo, discussed the basic set up and solution for an SAP solution in the cloud and what it means to the viability of your company. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Speaker Bio Chris Carter is CEO of Approyo. He works with business around the globe, to assist them in their journey to the usage of Big Data in the forms of Hadoop (Cloudera and Hortonwork's) and SAP HANA. At Approyo, we support firms who are looking for knowledge to grow through current business process, where even 1% increase can... (more)

Milestones to DevOps Integration

The challenge that every business constantly faces is how to remain relevant to its customers. In a world where changes are happening around us at breakneck speeds, the tools we create and support as development teams need to be cycled faster and more efficiently than ever before. While there are still some legacy applications that see updates quarterly or annually, those days for nearly all of us are well in the past. Now development lifecycles are typically measured in days, hours, and even minutes. For development organizations that are not yet using these expedited development lifecycles, the challenge is significant, and it can appear as though the chasm for adoption is growing and that the rest of the development world is leaving you behind. Fear not. Regardless of the size or complexity of your organization, there is a path that will get you up and running on... (more)

The Top 250 Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem

In the run-up to the next Cloud Expo, 7th Cloud Expo (November 1–4, 2010) being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, it's time to give my earlier list a complete overhaul. Here, accordingly, is an expanded list of the most active players in the Cloud Ecosystem. I have increased it from the 'mere' 150 I identified back in January of this year, to 250, testimony – as if any were needed! – to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites of the companies themselves. Omissions to this Top 250 list should be sent to me via Twitter (twitter.com/jg21) and I will endeavor to include them in any future revision of this newly expanded rou... (more)

Book Review: The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture

This book is a mature book on Enterprise Information Architecture. By mature I mean thorough and packed with wisdom gained through experience. I am a member of the Microsoft camp. I have been for a long time now, and I have no intention of switching to IBM, but I wish Microsoft would be producing books like this that included their technology. Microsoft may able to in a few years, but they are no where close to being this mature with their Enterprise Architecture tools now. The Microsoft MDM tools are showing signs of improvement with Denali, but they still have a way to go before the product is a competitor to the IBM MDM stack. This is one of the best real world Enterprise Information Architecture books I have read. It starts off with a few chapters that go into great detail introducing and defining Enterprise Information Architecture. It then has individual chapt... (more)