CIO Insights and Trends: How IT Will Change in 2012 October 1, 2011 - 8:22 PM The evolution of social media, the challenges of virtualization and the rise of cloud computing in the enterprise are just a few of the advancements in IT that are changing the face of today's businesses - and the function of the chief information officer. With the alignment of business and IT becoming increasingly more relevant and critical in what continues to be an uncertain economy comes the delicate balancing act of discretionary versus non-discretionary funds; CIOs must reinvent their IT mission to compete and succeed.
The Great Cloud Debate: Which Model is Right for Your Organization? October 1, 2011 - 7:41 PM Virtualization has paved the way for cloud computing to become more readily adopted by organizations; the business benefits of utilizing a cloud model are much more apparent than they were with virtualization. While it took virtualization many years to be widely accepted by businesses, cloud computing is experiencing a much shorter ramp-up period for acceptance by every size organization.
How Dirty Is Your Data Center? August 1, 2011 - 9:24 AM For businesses "greening" their data centers these days, it means much more than improving their corporate reputation or doing good for the environment - for senior-level executives and IT leaders, it's all about adding green to the bottom line.
Cloud-Sourcing: The Next Generation of Outsourcing August 1, 2011 - 9:12 AM Cloud computing has been whispering a lot of promises to IT, ones that CIOs are still not sure will be delivered. While the cloud is simplifying some aspects of IT, it's making others that much more complex, including outsourcing models and redefining the role of service providers.
Embracing Network Optimization August 1, 2011 - 9:00 AM Whether you're operating a mobile, fixed or converged network, companies are facing unprecedented demand for an improved quality of experience from customers. In a nutshell, network optimization ensures that companies are operating as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, while they prepare to transform to an all-IP next generation network. The very heart and soul of network optimization are simplification, efficiency and automation.
Dispelling the Convolution Myths of Virtualization April 1, 2011 - 5:04 PM Virtualization and cloud management solutions can simplify how IT is managed, accelerate IT service delivery, increase operational efficiency, automatically assure compliance, and reduce business risks. With all of these benefits, how can firms avoid struggling with the technical and organizational changes that virtualization brings?
The DDoS Security Threat to Mobile Networks April 1, 2011 - 5:03 PM Due to the increased usage of 3G mobile devices like smartphones or PCs with air cards, that are accessing Web 2.0 applications for video and social network type of experiences, the amount of data traffic traversing mobile broadband networks is growing at a phenomenal rate. Cisco, for example, predicts mobile data will grow 66 times by 2013.
The CIO's Guide to Mobile Security April 1, 2011 - 5:02 PM The demanding needs of the mobile workforce have established a clear set of challenges for IT. From service to security, IT is now charged with ensuring that the user experience on the wireless network is as reliable as that of a wired network. It's a pretty tall order.
Patton Rocks the VoIP World with SmartNode Gateways April 1, 2011 - 5:01 PM InfoTech Spotlight sat down with Burt Patton, executive vice president of Patton Electronics, and co-founder of the Gaithersburg, Md.-based company to talk about the future of VoIP and other "over-IP" technologies that are integral to truly Unified Communications.
10 Tech Companies to Watch January 1, 2011 - 12:06 PM In fact, cloud-based and software as a service (SaaS) delivery continue to be key adoption factors, and of the more than 80 vendors that Gartner tracks for this marketplace; more than 50 provide social software through cloud-based and SaaS delivery. Cloud-based and SaaS models have many potential advantages for social software deployments as buyers of these services tend to be business executives with specific marketing, R&D or HR budgets, the research says.
The Year of the Bull? Disruptive Forces Transcend Year of Recovery January 1, 2011 - 11:40 AM By all accounts, 2010 was the year of economic recovery and it seems safe to say it looks like the worst (knock on wood) is behind us. In fact, according to industry analysts and senior-level decision makers, the U.S. economy will begin to show signs of improvement in 2011 with a little help from a sector known as IT. Disruptive forces including emerging devices such as the media tablet as well as cloud computing, virtualization and social media will continue to drive industry growth in the New Year.
The Future of Social Media January 1, 2011 - 11:00 AM Social media has had a profound impact on businesses not only in terms of corporate reputation and branding, but perhaps more important, security and the rise in social media usage in the workplace. With Web 2.0 collaborative tools on the rise, a key part of employee collaborative tools is social media, which has necessitated company policies and best practices.
Starting Up from 20,000 Feet October 1, 2010 - 12:00 AM From startups to Yahoo and back again, Jeff Bonforte talks to InfoTech Spotlight about the opportunities for new ventures in an uncertain economy, the plusses and minuses of venture capital, skydiving and wanting to be a tech entrepreneur since the sixth grade.
Strategic Planning Helps IT Stretch Budget Dollars: Doing More With Less October 1, 2010 - 12:00 AM The economic downturn has forced IT decision makers to modify their objectives. In many cases, reducing costs, improving workforce productivity and making business processes more robust in light of tighter industry regulation replaced focus on planning for growth. "Doing more with less" has become a popular theme over the past few years in IT planning/budgeting.
Enterprise WiFi Takes Off October 1, 2010 - 12:00 AM If you have occasion to step foot on a university campus this fall, once thing is certain: you will see more wireless devices than ever before. Students and faculty across the globe will be flaunting their iPhones, iPads, BlackBerries, Android devices, and the latest notebooks and netbooks, allowing them to communicate and study anywhere on campus. It's just one example of the surging growth of WiFi usage in the enterprise space today, which, in many cases is replacing traditional wired networks.