IT Providers Give Businesses Room to Innovate

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Think, let others do.

When it comes to business IT, that outlook has become more prevalent. Because by letting others take care of the technology that drives business processes, business leaders are free to think: about the myriad ways they can innovate and add value to the business.

As businesses move more IT functions to providers, in-house talent can, according to Phil Fersht, principal of HfS Research, “add value to their organizations that are insightful to help base decisions; that are creative, which help try new ways of doing things, or targeting new markets; that are innovative, where their organizations can find entirely new ways of competing, or developing unique products or services.”

This idea was emphasized at this year’s WIRED BizCon. We spoke to a couple of business leaders after the event who explained that outsourcing IT infrastructure isn’t just about cost. It’s about letting them keep the focus on creating, innovating — and doing the strategic work that keeps their businesses moving forward. Read more…

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4 Steps to a Seamless Hybrid IT Solution

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cloud-computing2As cloud deployments mature at more businesses and government organizations, many are evolving to a more hybrid approach. And for good reason.

Hybrid cloud, an often customized integration of private and public cloud solutions, helps organizations meet their specific data, security and regulatory, scalability, and capacity needs. Businesses are able to count on the control of on-premise IT functions, while taking advantage of the agility, mobility, cost savings, and competitive advantages that public cloud solutions offer.

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4 Steps to Ensure IT Security in the Cloud

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200by200securitythumbprintFor companies of all sizes — and increasingly, governments — adopting cloud computing for IT services makes business sense. The cost savings, efficiency, and flexibility are just too impressive to ignore.

But, despite the benefits and rising cloud prevalence, some security professionals still have concerns, particularly regarding identity, data, and visibility. And whether it’s public, private or hybrid cloud, it all starts with the people you bring on to support your organization.

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Why It’s Time to Consider Hybrid IT [INFOGRAPHIC]

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From improved agility and flexibility, to cost-savings and faster delivery of business applications, business executives are looking at sourcing even the most critical enterprise applications in the cloud. And IT departments are learning quickly that public cloud service providers are not able to meet the requirements necessary to host mission-critical business applications.

In fact, many companies — for regulatory or other requirements — need certain data and applications to remain on premise. Others need the ability to better manage high-production workloads and add capabilities as the needs arise. And many want the ability to respond quickly to business demands.

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The Week in Links: Big Data Is No Longer the Biggest Deal

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Welcome to “The Week in Links,” where we’ll feature a series of business and tech-focused articles that really got people talking this week.

  • What’s new with the Internet of Things?
  • How can hybrid cloud help governments better engage with citizens?
  • Why should retailers take a good look at location-based technology?

The answers to these questions, as well as the latest on other important business and IT trends, are discussed in this week’s articles. Read on: Read more…

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From Fad to Fundamental: The Evolving Applications of Tech Trends

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dronestechWhat do you get when you cross 200-mph winds, thousands of bytes of data, and one unmanned aerial vehicle?

The perfect storm.

A recent Forbes article outlines the latest in hurricane forecasting technology: A three-foot disposable drone nicknamed “The Coyote” as part of the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s research initiative. This small but powerful bot will circumvent the storm, streaming a constant feed of data showcasing the way energy collects in the heart of a tempest.

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Meeting Connectivity Demands of Tech-Centered Schools

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classroomtechThere’s no doubt that technology is constantly transforming education. From tablets and smartboards in the classroom to online learning tools stored in the cloud, schools, teachers and parents understand the need for proper funding to keep these programs running.

Thanks to recent news of the Federal Communications Commission approving changes to the E-Rate program, which provides discounted telecommunications, Internet access, and internal connections to eligible schools and libraries. The move means Wi-Fi funding is set to increase $1 billion a year over the next two years, and will see an annual “funding target” for that amount for years after that.

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Why Your Business Needs Its Own App Store

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Welcome SXSWPressingModernResizeto Fresh Tech Market. May I take your order?

Yes, I’ll have the CDN package with 2GB of private peering, but hold the IPv4. I only need IPv6, and my two developers will have their own instance of hyperscale cloud. Also, does the cloud provide Hadoop support for my Apache Environment? If so, please add block storage, and add 300GB on one and 100GB on the other. Then I will have a combo of proactive DDOS and network-based firewall.

This conversation might sound out-there in terms of IT application marketplaces. But is it?

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