Whether you are dealing with a natural disaster, or an Alpaca Stampede (as Stephen has apparently witnessed before) it is important that the IT team to not only deliver robust high-performing services to application teams, but to also enable trust. Being able to do this in the form of robust “use case optimized” data protection services, assures the business that its mission critical data is protected and resides in the optimal place, even during a major disaster scenario. Continue reading
For many organizations, information infrastructure has become a leading corporate concern because of the expense of managing the legacy environment, poor responsiveness to business needs, and the potential for significant risk of data loss. Other than that, they’re happy.
What happens when business teams don’t get their needs met? They go rogue and bypass IT in search of better services. Despite the disruptive shifts in technology and the way IT is consumed (i.e., consumption models), IT can not only regain the confidence of the business but also position itself as trusted advisor. It’s all about trust.
What Is Trusted IT – And How Do I Make It Happen?
Trust is the contract that binds IT to the business.
When things go wrong (failure, cyber-attack, natural disaster, or stampeding alpacas), the business looks to IT. When there are issues with application performance and availability, the business looks to IT. When information accessibility is locked into one vendor, the business looks to IT. Continue reading
“No one understands the cloud. It’s a [BLEEP] mystery.” —Jason Segel
Perhaps more than a few of us got a kick out of the trailer from one of this summer’s blockbuster movies. In this clip, the cloud is the villain.
If your family is like mine, meaning not that tech savvy, so their only exposure to the cloud is limited to what’s available on their favorite Apple device, then, yes, the cloud may seem as vaporous as its heavenly counterpart.
But if you’re a tech-savvy CEO, CIO, application or data protection administrator, or business line manager, understanding the cloud and its potential value to your business has become critical. In fact, not understanding the cloud won’t be an option moving forward, which will hold true whether you’re in the IT business (like me) or a different industry altogether. We’re all on a journey, and the cloud will play a part in everything we do.
Let me explain.
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“When someone steals another’s clothes, we call them a thief.
Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not?
The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry;
the coat unused in your closet belongs to the one who needs it;
the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the one who has no shoes;
the money you hoard up belongs to the poor.”
– Basil the Great
Mark Stempeck’s latest Harvard Business Review (HBR) Blog Sharing Data Is a Form of Corporate Philanthropy got me thinking about data in yet another dimension.
For the past year or so, Guy Churchward, Stephen Manley and I have been focused on helping businesses change the way they think about data — the value they assign to it; the processes they use to better manage, access and protect it; the way they leverage it to support and develop lines of business, etc.
And I think we’ve done a pretty good job, painting the business and technology picture today as well as 10 years out. But one thing we haven’t talked much about is sharing data – that is, in the altruistic sense of the word. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again.
The kids are back in school – well, at least they are here in the South – and we all have our sights set on Labor Day, and the last hurrah of summer. (If only Atlanta weather would acknowledge this day, and temperatures would miraculously drop on September 2.)
So, how was your summer? How did you do on your reading list?
While I did better than last year, I still didn’t make a dent in my list. I read 3 “for fun” books and 2 “for work” books (with 1 more in progress). And that’s without a trip to the beach. Six books in essentially six weeks… not too shabby (for me).
However, like this summer’s lineup of lackluster movies, the “for fun” books I read didn’t come close to living up to their reviews either. Continue reading