Changing the delivery of IT

Tony Bishop

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As the debate rages on regarding whether to cloud or not to cloud across enterprise IT, it is important for IT executives and strategists to keep in mind some of the following: What other IT delivery fulfillment strategy is available today that when applied in a proper manner can enab...
The management of people, capital, relationships, assets, and information is one of the most critical functions of business AND information technology. However, the resource planning and management of IT across the enterprise is typically either an undisciplined practice or an underi...
Today's IT organizations face a dual challenge of "keeping the lights on" while providing "new services" at unprecedented rates with reduced investment support from the business. At the same time, the very business model of IT is changing – how applications, content, information, and i...
IT shops continually struggle with keeping resource documentation up to date. Too often IT departments seem resigned to accepting mediocre results, as if the world conspires against them. Resource tracking is a prime example of this. Fundamentally, the different organizational aspects ...
Design of enterprise clouds incorporate multiple dimensions (security, data,service brokering, infrastructure management, etc..) and one of the most critical to understand is the impact of latency. With Network vendors starting to provide 10GigE connections, switches and fabric, and gi...
We are entering a new phase of IT where organizations must orient delivery of service across the entire IT supply chain to behave and operate in a real-time manner. Those organizations that don’t embark on this transformational journey will not deliver the desired business growth and m...
Businesses today face a tsunami of challenges unlike it has ever faced in history: globalization, geo-political, rise of the Internet consumer, customer mind-share dynamics, proliferation of information and content to manage and maintain (with regulatory & security concerns). This r...
The principles and freedoms of the American dream are finding themselves resurrected again with cloud computing. The following blog will outline background, details and living proof that cloud computing is one of the catalysts of the future that will bring the American dream back! A...
The Enterprise Cloud Requires a real time infrastructure and a management discipline that understands and can enforce service level discipline. Organizations have become increasingly dependent on technical infrastructure to enable customer interactions. As such, the business has a vest...
The intent of these blogs is to provide the thought leadership for readers seeking to create a sound strategy for exploiting cloud computing for the enterprise. Foundational principles of enterprise-class cloudsread more
Anyone who’s ever had the pleasure of swinging a hammer for a living or to pay for a semester of school knows this fundamental truth: build a solid foundation or whatever you place on top of it stands a pretty good chance of toppling over at some point in the future. This truth is perp...
Congratulations! You’ve successfully virtualized your network/server/storage environments and saved xx% (insert percentage). But who besides your CFO really cares? All you’ve done is lower the cost of an increasingly commoditized service, and anyone who’s spent a day working for a vend...
A global 2000 Enterprise IT group is caught in a groundswell of chaos. The current economic malaise is forcing a challenge from the business to IT to cut operating expenses by 20 percent or greater while preserving capital ferociously.read more
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Have you ever been pulled into a troubleshooting call, where all the support teams report their monitoring systems are reporting a ‘green’ status, but the users are reporting horrendous performance? Unfortunately, this happens more frequently than most of us would care to admit. When I...
What does it really mean to be green in IT? Is it just decreasing a datacenter’s power consumption by making the cooling process more efficient and thus consuming less energy? Is it addressing the footprint of the data center and examining the infrastructure to ensure that the design i...
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In a recent blog about IT and innovation, the point was made that there are numerous untapped opportunities for IT to become an enabler of the business as opposed to just a cost center to be tolerated. Read more
A recent blog mentioned the importance of the business to consider strategic investments during this recession. IT should be a significant participant in this effort. This is an opportunity to perform strategic house cleaning, while helping the business manage costs, while establishing...
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Now that the gold rush of mortgage backed securities trading has led to a severe crash, what do surviving investment banks do with all that hardware (i.e.10 million dollars plus for each institution or more)? Why not become a service marketplace, reduce the risk that comes from directl...
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Network vendors are starting to provide 10GigE connections, switches and fabric, and given the exponentially increasing demand for bandwidth, enterprises will buy this equipment. Applications that can gobble up the bandwidth will soon follow-there is simply never enough bandwidth. It i...
The current volatility of the financial markets is an example of why understanding demand is so important. The inter-connections across all aspects of our global village, Insurance, Capital Markets, commodity supplies such as energy, forces questions about the characteristics of demand...
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A complex system such as an enterprise network is subjected to many kinds of stresses from a large variety of business applications that have different demand profiles. Dig deeper into any large network and you will see that one solution doesn't solve all problems. Pockets of point sol...
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Enterprise users are coming to expect the same options they get as consumers, heralding the Platform as a Service (PaaS) movement