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Fabric Data Centers: The End of Complex, Expensive and Inefficient Infrastructure | Article

Outsourcing Center, Karthik Nagendra, Business Writer

What’s new in the data center? Last year, the buzz was around “fabric data centers” as organizations began to worry about costs. Did it make sense to have dedicated and expensive network, computing and storage resources around applications even if the IT infrastructure was outsourced? Could IT infrastructure costs be brought down? CIOs were under …

The Next Generation Shared Services through BPO | Article

Dennis Winkler, Director, Jim Matthews, Managing Consultant, Alsbridge

Executives are all asking similar questions of their shared service organizations (SSO): “How do I get to the next level of shared services and realize more value?” “How do I change my SSO model to expand services and go global?” “How do I drive continuous process improvement initiatives?” “How do I deal with social media …

Seven Success Factors for Outsourcing | White Paper

Outsourcing Center, Karthik Nagendra, Business Writer

Completely new challenges in 2012 are surfacing. CIOs are being forced to consider Big Data, Analytics, Cloud, Virtualization, and Social and Mobile technologies to deliver business value. Customers are changing. Gen X is being replaced by an information hungry, mobile Gen Y. With rapid change, demand for flexibility and the urgency of real-time needs, organizations …

Mobility’s Coming of Age: All Grown Up and Changing Business for the Better | Article

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

Before cloud, mobility was in its infancy—a means of obtaining email, calendar and contacts on the go. People who relied on desktop computers for communication were unchained. For salespeople, this was awesome. But, for the rest of us, the business apps we needed required too much processing power to travel with us. Then, along came …

Business Applications Get the "Cool" Factor | Article

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

Admit it. We all loved getting emails on our Blackberries when mobility first burst on the scene. And back in the day (maybe four years ago), most of us thought of our smartphones as portable computer Mini Me’s, giving us things like mobile banking, mCommerce and a means to book a reservation or check for …

Automation: the Key to a Successful Dynamic Enterprise in the "Now Economy" | Article

Simon Shah, Redwood

Today’s business enterprise is in a state of continuous change—the pressure to optimize performance while lowering costs is enormous. The real-time expectations of the ‘now’ economy is no longer limited to manufacturing and shipping but is driven by information services, an increasingly mobile workforce and time-sensitive legislation. This means that quick response, transparency and real-time …

Cloud Computing: Four Legal Pitfalls to Avoid | Article

Outsourcing Center, Samuel Crow, Senior Business Writer

Part of the charm of cloud computing for many corporate leaders is its seemingly simple set up: sign on the dotted line, flip a switch, and the service is up and running. But taking that first step too lightly can lead to complex and costly problems down the road for cloud buyers. “Many customers look …

Keeping it Simple: The New Model for IT Service Management | White Paper

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

Today’s IT infrastructure has a lot of moving parts. There have always been the servers, network, security concerns and desktops to deal with – along with standard and custom applications. Enter cloud, virtualization and mobility, and that complexity moves to a whole new level. In addition to desktops, IT personnel have to find a way …

The Impact of the U.S. Patriot Act on Cloud Data Privacy: The Myths, the Rumors and the Reality | Article

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

There’s a rumor circulating in Europe, igniting fear and paranoia among businesses and consumers alike:  Big Brother is alive and well and living in a U.S.-based cloud. Allow us to explain. In November of 2011, two European companies announced the creation of the first fully European “Database-as-a-Service” cloud offering – one that provided a “safe …

Under the Radar: A Look at the Oft-Overshadowed ITO Trends for 2012 | Article

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

If ITO were a movie, Cloud, analytics and mobility would be the headliners. Although this trendsetting triad is having a dramatic impact on how services are consumed and how companies operate, a number of other significant trends are emerging in the ITO space. This article focuses on those unsung heroes and the impact they’ll have …

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