Put your hand up if you and your smartphone/tablet are inseparable. OK, so that’s unanimous. Our connectivity has officially melded into our lifestyle – everywhere we go, our miniature mobile data hubs keep us connected while we work, play, live, and travel. Continue reading
A year ago as I prepared to attend my first EMC World as the new head of what was then EMC’s Backup Recovery Systems Division, getting folks to think outside the box about backup and archive was top of mind for me.
Fast-forward a year (and I do mean fast-forward – wow, that was a quick 365 days!) and how truly fantastic is it that I can say that we’ve done more than just check that box; we’ve really moved the needle when it comes to data protection.
Yes, we amped up our portfolio by making some key product updates throughout the year that will help ensure we can support the next waves of big data, cloud computing, social networking and mobile computing that awaits us and help you bridge between traditional and next-generation platforms. Continue reading
“Like the physical universe, the digital universe is large – by 2020 containing nearly as many digital bits as there are stars in the universe. It is doubling in size every two years, and by 2020 the digital universe – the data we create and copy annually – will reach 44 zettabytes, or 44 trillion gigabytes.”—2014 EMC Digital Universe Study
Sounds ominous but there’s no escaping it; our world is being invaded by data.
So, the question begs, is your business up to the challenges and opportunities all this data will present, however many petabytes, exabytes or zettabytes this may mean? Or will it fold under the pressure? Continue reading
By many media and vendor accounts, Big Data is simply that: big data. Large volumes of structured or unstructured data the likes of which are generally associated with companies in data-crunching industries like oil and gas, seismology, genomics and finance.
Even Wikipedia defines Big Data as “the collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing.” Continue reading
Times they are a changing, and so are CIOs.
But for the past several years, the focus of most IT organizations across the globe has really been on one thing and one thing only: reducing IT costs. Blame it on the economy, the IT adoption curve or just (bad) habit, but we, as an industry and as consumers of IT, have prioritized short-term cost-savings often at the expense of longer-term business value, and we’ve prioritized instant gratification over strategy and innovation.
And this isn’t good.
However, a recent IDG survey highlights a very different trend taking shape globally ―one that we’ve been talking about here on The Backup Window since last year’s EMC World, or before.
Of the more than 1,500 CIOs and other IT leaders in the U.S. that IDG surveyed for the study, 49% ranked improving IT productivity as their number-one goal for 2013, followed by better, faster, decision-making; improving service levels; protecting corporate data and increasing agility.
Do I hear cloud?
As for lowering costs – the historical front-runner – it ranked eighth in the survey. Yes, it’s still on the list, and so it should be, but it’s no longer the driving factor, or force, behind many of the decisons CIOs are making and the things IT organizations are doing.
This is huge. Why?
Well, as we’ve discussed on The Backup Window as well as on Backup Game Day I and II, companies with IT organizations that see themselves as change agents (or “brokers of value,” as IDG puts it) have a definite business advantage over companies with IT organizations that see themselves only as task-doers. They think and manage IT resources from a business viewpoint; they think smarter, not just faster.
For these CIOs and organizations, “time to” is a measure of IT efficiency (or productivity). It’s the time it takes to spin up a new business application, analyze a complex data set or expand business operations or customer base, and this has real business value. Stephen Manley explains why in this short video – part II of his three-part Accelerating Transformation series.
Check it out and then let us know what you think. How’s your CIO doing?