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How Workforce 2020 Will Change Outsourcing

How Workforce 2020 Will Change Outsourcing

We’ve all heard it, or said it, a million times: Our outsourcing engagement works because of the relationship. It is a partnership, not a buyer-vendor arrangement. And for the most part, that statement has held true. Traditional outsourcing typically involved a 10-plus-year contract, along with a real need to make the relationship work. Changing providers […]

Steering Through the Cloud

Steering Through the Cloud

Those who thought cloud computing was just a passing fad are learning that it is made of more solid stuff. That said, severe competition could still rip a large hole through some clouds. Read on for some pointers to stay afloat. Even as we talk, the two companies that dwarf all other cloud providers, Amazon […]

Making Waves—Cloud Brokerage and Integration

Making Waves—Cloud Brokerage and Integration

Although the definition of cloud computing is still evolving, it hasn’t slowed the adoption of applications being deployed in the cloud. Looking back five years, Ajay Srivastava, VP of Product Management and Strategy at Oracle Managed Cloud Services, recalls early conversations with other IT industry executives about client server computing as the advent to a […]

Criminals Turn to Outsourcing to Launch Distributed Denial of Service Attacks

Criminals Turn to Outsourcing to Launch Distributed Denial of Service Attacks

Here’s one sign that outsourcing has become an accepted global business strategy: the criminals have adopted it! Yes, friends, neighbors and countrymen, criminals are hiring IT experts to perform distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, which effectively bring down Websites. NSFOCUS, Inc., a company that provides enterprise-level network security solutions and services, tracked 168,459 individual DDoS attacks […]

Why ConAgra Foods Decided to Outsource HR Analytics After Doing It In house

Why ConAgra Foods Decided to Outsource HR Analytics After Doing It In house

This is the second article in a series on how companies are using Big Data to gain critical business insights. ConAgra Foods, a food maker based in Omaha, Nebraska, started its journey to using predictive analysis in an incremental way. The company, whose brands include Healthy Choice, Banquet, Orville Redenbacher’s, Marie Callender’s and Chef Boyardee, […]

Six Tips for Telcos to Cross the Cloud Chasm

Six Tips for Telcos to Cross the Cloud Chasm

Cloud technologies are changing both consumer and business behaviors. Breaking down barriers associated with storage and compute power, cloud solutions are freeing users from the limits of their smartphones, tablets and PCs allowing them to access unlimited resources and pay only for what they need. But how do providers of cloud services and solutions move […]

How Big Data is Becoming Predictive, Helping Executives Make Better Decisions

How Big Data is Becoming Predictive, Helping Executives Make Better Decisions

Businesses have always wanted a crystal ball to predict the future. Now they can almost have one if they combine Big Data, analytic prowess and deep domain and process knowledge. For the first time, analytics is becoming predictive and can help executives make less risky decisions that affect their corporate futures. The key is you […]

Open Hybrid Clouds: The Best of Both Worlds

Open Hybrid Clouds: The Best of Both Worlds

Everyone loves hybrid models. Who doesn’t want the best of both worlds? IT organizations everywhere crave “a little bit of this and a little bit of that” approach to spread their risk. They want to keep control over infrastructure, business critical apps, data and processes that help preserve IP or enable a competitive edge while […]

Get More Bang for Your Buck: Do’s and Don’ts in Formulating Cloud Computing Contracts

Get More Bang for Your Buck: Do’s and Don’ts in Formulating Cloud Computing Contracts

In late September, high-profile cloud storage start up Nirvanix told its customers to stop replicating data on its servers and migrate to other providers like Microsoft Azure, IBM SoftLayer and Amazon S3. For several reasons, Nirvanix, sitting on a tidy $70 million in funding, was shutting down . Users had until October 15 to download […]

A Cloud of Controversy: Protect People or Privacy?

A Cloud of Controversy: Protect People or Privacy?

During the same decade that the USA PATRIOT Act conferred unprecedented powers on U.S. law enforcement officials, such trends as the consumerization of information technology (IT) and virtual servers gained traction on the enterprise data center scene. Simultaneously, the advent of cloud technology ushered in an era in which data from companies all over the […]

15 Top ITaaS Do’s and Don’ts for Enterprises

15 Top ITaaS Do’s and Don’ts for Enterprises

The IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) model began as a way of provisioning IT services, infrastructure and support for businesses that did not really understand how to create or run IT services. The ITaaS model does this at scale in a cost-effective and predictable manner. Put another way, ITaaS is a pay-as-you-go model aimed at SMBs who want […]

Five Big Myths About Managing Applications in the Cloud

Five Big Myths About Managing Applications in the Cloud

Say the word ‘cloud’ and the energy in the room instantly increases. People move to the edge of their chairs.  Eyes light up and more often than not, lively conversation ensues. This excitement is not unfounded. Cloud computing is one of the biggest things to disrupt  the IT industry in decades; and a delivery model […]

Big Data Trends 2014: New Uses, New Challenges, New Solutions

Big Data Trends 2014: New Uses, New Challenges, New Solutions

It’s hard to find a business enabler that’s evolving as quickly as Big Data analytics. This undisputed darling of the loyalty program and retail world has now infiltrated nearly every industry, from transportation and healthcare to insurance and supply chain management. It’s the catalyst for a new marketing mindset, where targeted offers are not only […]

The Flexi-pricing Route to Cloud Innovation

The Flexi-pricing Route to Cloud Innovation

A wealthy looking woman entered an optician’s shop, pointed to a very stylish frame and declared to the shopkeeper, “I’d like to buy that. How much?” Gauging at a glance her capacity to pay, he replied: “$500.”  When she didn’t bat an eyelid, he added quickly, “for the frame.” “And the glass?” she asked haughtily. […]

Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud: A SMAC in the Face for Industrial-Age Business Models

Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud: A SMAC in the Face for Industrial-Age Business Models

It’s no secret that our mobile devices and social networks are rapidly transforming our relationships with people and data. Analytics have driven customer intimacy to previously impossible levels; the cloud has irrevocably changed the way we store and share information. A report from Forrester Research declares that by 2016, we will have 10 billion mobile […]

Capex vs Opex: Five Must-dos Before You Take the Leap

Capex vs Opex: Five Must-dos Before You Take the Leap

First off, let’s get the basics out of the way. Capex, or capital expense, is what you spend on purchasing anything needed to run your business for more than a year. This means that your company holds ownership of the product. We’ll not get into the financial niceties of tax and depreciation, but in general […]