Cloud: Over the Hump, but Maybe Not the Bumps

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Now that more than 50% of US companies use public cloud technology , we are clearly “over the hump” in cloud adoption. But migration, security, and the realities of managing a hybrid IT infrastructure are key topics that may still cause bumps in the road for IT organizations. Want more information on smoothing out the road on your cloud journey? If you’re at Interop this week, join CenturyLink as we address these hot topics in cloud adoption.
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Big Data Challenge: A Transformational Journey

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Authored by Siva Darivemula and Devyani Sharma

The Big Data challenge is more nuanced than just capturing, managing and processing large data sets.  Today, to optimize actionable insights, organizations must consider variables such as frequency, storage capabilities and data sensitivities, computing capabilities, data-sharing tools, visualization tools, and analytics. This may seem daunting, but the solution is becoming more accessible with new methodologies and technologies, such as SAP HANA and highly automated cloud services.

The core component of any Big Data effort is data preparation. For many organizations, gleaning actionable insights from Big Data can remain elusive.  This is especially true for businesses that are cuffed to legacy process and infrastructure that results in reactive data warehouse management, poor data quality, complex data integration, a weak IT stack, or poor Decisions Science skill sets.  When investigating appropriate Big Data technology solutions for an enterprise, it’s important to determine the type of data to be managed and problems to be addressed.
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Navigating the World of Hybrid IT: The eBook

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Data center transformation doesn’t belong just to IT anymore. Key decision makers across business groups are pushing to move data centers from black boxes of raw processing power to flexible IT systems that enable rapid innovation.
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Hybrid IT, the Latest Evolution of the Data Center

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In the IT world we are barraged by terms like cloud, agility, DevOps, and a myriad of others including Hybrid IT. If George Carlin was in the enterprise compute space today, I think he would have a field day with our current vocabulary. So what is this Hybrid IT thing? The truth is IT has always been hybrid in one-way shape or form. Every technology evolution requires that enterprise IT take a hybrid approach to implement new IT technologies.
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IDC Analyst Insight: The Business Challenges of Hybrid IT

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Hybrid IT isn’t just about the cloud. With ever increasing challenges to support employees, partners, and customers in a rapidly evolving data-intensive world, business strategy needs to include a broader concept of hybrid IT that involves a full range of available IT infrastructure options.

CenturyLink sat down with Rick Villars, vice president of IDC’s Datacenter and Cloud program, to talk about the challenges facing enterprises with hybrid IT environments.

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Walk Me to the Car… What’s the Big Deal with Agile Software Development?

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This is part of our Walk Me to the Car series – be sure to take a look at a few of our other topics such as “3 Things I Need to Know about the Cloud”

Today’s installment of our power-packed new “Walk Me to the Car” blog series for busy execs asks: What is the big deal with the new software development models, such as DevOps, Agile, CD, and so forth?
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Data to Decisions from CenturyLink

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By Devyani Sharma and Ben Brauer

Just imagine an avid football fan is about to head to a big game and it’s raining heavily. Through the power of experiential real time analytics, the retail store nearby can combine and factor information about the fan’s prior purchases and preferences, opt-in cell phone location data, store inventory data and combine it with external sources like weather and local events data to personalize a real-time offer of 20% off team logoed ponchos and umbrellas sent right to their cell phone. How convenient! Such intelligent use of Big Data Analytics is allowing retailers to connect with the customer at the right time with the right offer.

Retail organizations faced with the challenges of the increased competition for the shopper are constantly looking for ways to differentiate through innovative business models that introduce new products, services and methods of purchase. By recognizing that various data sources can be the source of value and customer insight, retailers can evolve from a descriptive, predictive, and finally to a more prescriptive method of decision-making.
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The Modern Data Center

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Ever since the days of Jim Cutler and his evil plan to replace the SC&P creative lounge with 125 square feet of raised floor and a well-ventilated metaphor, the enterprise has been struggling with the right way to manage its data center.  These days, enterprise IT leaders juggle a complex mixture of telecom closets, server rooms, overbuilt showcases, high-density colocation, shipping containers, and energized shells.

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