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Datacenter Automation on Ulitzer Down economy or not, IT managers have never had a blank check with which to meet an organization’s needs. As time goes on, IT managers have to deal with increased demand for computing and information services, all while being asked to cut costs and create grater justification for expenditures. One of the areas IT departments are asked to cut back in is operational costs for their data centers. There are a few steps involved in reducing data center costs while maintaining the kinds of service levels your organziation has come to know and expect: 1. Look at Energy Management. One of the areas most data centers can reduce costs in is the area of energy management. You can set the temperature of your data center to 24 degrees Celsius, in most cases. Another way to reduce your energy costs is to use outside air to cool the data center, as ... (more)

CIA was Headed to an Enterprise Cloud All Along: Jill Tummler Singer

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer "I believe commercial solutions - whether its Google’s cloud or Amazon’s web services - may be perfect for many companies. But some corporations and government agencies are not going to be comfortable outsourcing their information and services to the Internet-based cloud," said Jill Tummler Singer, Deputy CIO of the Central Intelligence Agency, on Tuesday, at SYS-CON's 1st Annual GovIT Expo, in the event's opening keynote. "For agencies like mine," Singer (pictured below) continued,  "and for many corporations, keeping such precious gems in our own possession is a foregone conclusion." Jill Tummler Singer keynoting at 1st Annual GovIT Conference & Expo, Oct. 6 The answer, for the CIA at least, is what Singer calls Enterprise Cloud Computing. Enterprise Cloud Computing as defined by Singer is behind the firewall and contained within a business... (more)

Unisys: A Clear Vision for Cloud Computing

Following Unisys’ recent announcement regarding their cloud computing strategy (Unisys Moves to Break Through Barriers to Adoption of Cloud Computing) I had the opportunity to speak with Rich Marcello, president of Unisys Systems & Technology, and Sam Gross, VP of Unisys Global IT Outsourcing Solutions. What struck me was the coherence and clarity of their cloud computing vision as compared to HP or IBM. Unisys’ strategy bridges public, private and hybrid cloud models, and includes well-differentiated infrastructure, platform and software as a service offerings (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS). Further, they wrap this all in a set of comprehensive service offerings that they can deliver globally. It’s a big vision, and if they can pull it off it should make them one of the more interesting providers out there. One of their key differentiators is Unisys Stealth (described bel... (more)

Should Mid-Sized Firms Outsource IT to the Cloud?

Sam Gross is Vice President of Global IT Outsourcing Solutions at Unisys Corporation, where he leads the vision, strategy, technology development and implementation for Unisys innovative global IT outsourcing solutions. He is a recognized industry expert and thought leader in business and IT alignment, application management, service level management and enterprise systems management. Here's his latest Tweet: Sam_Gross: Should mid-sized firms outsource IT to the Cloud? Check out EMC Webinar today focusing on this question: http://tinyurl.com/m52dkb ... (more)

The Path to the Intelligent Cloud

Let's face it right now the cloud is pretty immature. The level of automation and management of these environments are analogous to the early assembly lines, but it won't be this way long. This is not the industrial revolution and it moves at a wicked fast pace. Before we know it the next generation of cloud computing will be upon us and it will be very different than the IaaS/PaaS/SaaS offerings we know today. For one, it will be intelligent. That is, the cloud will be content aware and it's network connections will act like mycelia hyphae and what one hyphae learns will become available to the entire cloud. Whereas the current cloud is focused on scalability and elasticity, the next instance of the cloud will focus on redundancy, resiliency and collaboration. The discussion regarding public, private or hybrid will become moot as the cloud simply becomes a system o... (more)

Cloudera KK to Help Spur Hadoop Adoption in APAC Region

"We believe that the presence of Cloudera KK will significantly propel Hadoop deployments and its application in Big Data forward in Japan," said Mr. Hiroshi Endo, Sr. VP Senior Executive Manager System Platforms Sector, NTT DATA, as Cloudera today announced that it has established a Japanese subsidiary, and an office in Japan.  To provide Hadoop enterprise support services in Japan, Cloudera KK is working with NTT DATA and Nippon Steel Solutions Corporation.  "We are excited to work closely together to deliver superior support services and solutions for enterprises, and also to promote open source software such as Apache Hadoop-based solutions," Endo continued. "NTT DATA looks forward to the global development of the Hadoop platform. By partnering with the industry leader, Cloudera, we are able to address the growing demand of enterprise customers for a more effectiv... (more)

Is Offshoring a Special Case of Agile Scaling?

Nobody in their right mind will claim today that distributed agile is not possible. There are simply too many success stories available to disprove the feeling that “distributed agile does not work”. There is also enough evidence that “agile offshoring” works better than “waterfall offshoring”. But, this was not the case ten years back. It was a firm belief of the initial proponents of agile that to deliver good quality software that meets the user need you need to get a group of excellent developers and the key users into one room and let them iteratively build the software without outside interference. There is no doubt that this is the most productive way of working but over the course of the years we have realized that in a real enterprise scenario such luxury may not be feasible. Why did the Agilists believe that Agile & Offshoring cannot be mixed? To better a... (more)

Book Excerpt | The New World of Work: From the Cube to the Cloud

Thereʼs a popular childrenʼs book called Whereʼs Waldo, in which the lead character - with his signature red-and-white striped shirt and somewhat goofy expression - is obscured by various collections of people and things. Heʼs hidden, but in plain sight (if youʼll excuse the oxymoron) and itʼs the young readerʼs task to locate him in every illustration. By the end of the book, children become adept at locating the enigmatic Waldo in a glance. We can only hope that this instructional parable reminds us of how sometimes the simplest truth can be obstructed by our need to make things complex. And so it is with the new world of work. If you want to know where the jobs are, hereʼs a hint: Theyʼre in plain sight. You might call this new, adult game Whereʼs the Work. And the stakes couldnʼt be higher. The Case of the Disappearing Jobs - Or Not In listening to politicians a... (more)

Curious Story of Software Outsourcing

Have you heard the story of the person who outsourced his work for US$ 50,000, which was just one fifth of what he was earning! His complete work was done by somebody in China (not India) while he spent his workdays surfing the web, watching cat videos on YouTube and browsing Reddit and eBay. He was also considered one of the best software developers in the company! Here is the blog post from Verizon Business Security that gives detail of what happened and how it was discovered. Investigators had the opportunity to read through his performance reviews while working alongside HR. For the last several years in a row he received excellent remarks. His code was clean, well written, and submitted in a timely fashion. Quarter after quarter, his performance review noted him as the best developer in the building. Was the employee smart … or … was the employer dumb? Assumin... (more)

Document Work Process Market

NEW YORK, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Document Work Process Market http://www.reportlinker.com/p02293950/Document-Work-Process-Market.html WinterGreen Research announces the following study: Business Document Work Process Management (BPO): Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2014 to 2020Business Document Work Process Management (BPO): Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2014 to 2020Business Document Work Process Management (BPO): Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2014 to 2020 Worldwide markets are poised to achieve significant growth as the cloud computing utility infrastructure and the smart phone communications systems for apps are put in place, continuing to drive the use of electronic document replacement of all paper... (more)

Engineering Services Outsourcing (ESO) Market in the APAC Region 2014-2018: Key Vendors are HCL Technologies, Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro

DUBLIN, August 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/j4d3sx/engineering) has announced the addition of the "Engineering Services Outsourcing (ESO) Market in the APAC Region 2014-2018" report to their offering.       (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ) ESO refers to the outsourcing of specific engineering tasks to third-party service providers. Though engineering services are a critical part of any vertical, the recent economic downturn and the need to survive in extremely competitive market environments has forced organizations to outsource these tasks to ESO vendors.  ESO enables organizations to develop innovative and cost-effective engineering products in minimal time. Also, ESO services help organizations access talented and skilled engineering professionals from across the world. Thus,... (more)