Top 5 IT priorities in 2015

Strategy conceptGone are the days when the IT department could enjoy a healthy remove from overall business operations. Instead, today’s IT leaders are front and center — in boardrooms, sales calls, and customer meetings across the globe. This new role and visibility demands that CTOs and CIOs constantly shift and adjust their strategies, priorities, and tactics to effectively capitalize on emerging technological and business trends.

It’s a tough task, made all the tougher by the lightning-quick pace of technological change. Following is my take on the top five priorities for IT leaders to focus on in 2015: Continue Reading…

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IaaS buyer’s guide: Which provider is best for your business?

Choose infrastructure-as-a-service providerInfrastructure as a service (IaaS) is among the fastest-growing cloud solutions, predicted to expand 41 percent per year through 2016. It’s not hard to see why. Organizations scrambling to virtualize storage, hardware, servers, and networking components not only stand to reduce operational headaches and total cost of ownership, but gain a more scalable system and free IT staff to focus on more strategic work.

But deciding on the right solution to meet an organization’s needs isn’t always an easy task. From Amazon Web Services (AWS) to VMware vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) to Windows Azure to HP Public Cloud to Rackspace to Hosting.com, IT organizations have their fair share of IaaS offerings to choose from. Here’s a guide to help any organization, large or small, hone in on the most appropriate IaaS cloud solution. Continue Reading…

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