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This article is going to talk to the businesses out there. This article is going to talk to the CTO’s and COO’s who are currently thinking about utilizing a managed service provider (MSP) or a Cloud hosting firm (like Solar VPS) for their IT needs however have major concerns about outsourcing their IT needs. Yes, outsourcing. Be it needed office solutions like telephony and email, website hosting solutions like a Linux or Windows VPS, powerful dedicated server solutions or colocation needs, the idea of outsourcing scares a whole hell of a lot of business owners and chief technology officers. It scares them for the following reasons: Security Money These concerns are understandable and reasonable. No company wants to give up control or have to worry about how much am “auxiliary” backbone service like IT is going to cost them on a monthly basis. But here is the thing, ... (more)

Making the Case for Data Virtualization

Achieving compelling value from information technology is critical because IT is typically an enterprise or government agency's largest capital expense. Increasing business complexities and technology choices create greater demands for justification when making IT investments. Cambridge, MA-based analyst firm Forrester Research recently reported that, "Business and government's purchases of computer and communication equipment, software, IT consulting, and integration services and IT outsourcing will decline by 3% on a global basis in 2009 when measured in U.S. dollars, then rise by 9% in 2010." With smaller budgets, IT must validate purchases by correlating tangible business and IT returns that align with corporate strategic objectives. This validation should come early in the acquisition process as well as after the implementation to demonstrate actual value and j... (more)

Personal Branding Predictions: Top Ten for 2010

Personal Branding Journal on Ulitzer Every year since I founded my company, Reach, in 2001, I've made predictions about how the world of personal branding will evolve in the coming year. Here are my top 10 for 2010. 1. Video, Video, Video Thanks to greater bandwidth, cheaper storage, and a proliferation of products and services that make shooting, storing, viewing, and sharing video easy (Flip video, iPhone 3GS, YouTube, vimeo, blip.tv, vodpod, etc.), video will be king in 2010. Video is ideal because it allows careerists to deliver a complete communication and convey their personality—a critical component of branding. More services like videoBIO (a Reach Personal Branding partner) will make it easier to cost-effectively build a powerful and positive brand image using video. 2. Hiring Process Companies will be hiring brands rather than employees. They will use social... (more)

Agile and Offshoring – The Twain Shall Meet

There is enough evidence that Agile works – in most cases much better than waterfall. Even when you are working in an enterprise scale, distributed, multi-vendor and strong regulatory environment – agile works better than any other method. Here are some survey and research findings 1. Survey Result Indicates that Agile Projects Are More Successful Here is a review of the survey result by Scott Ambler. The gap between “Agile + Iterative” and “Traditional + Ad-hoc” has been increasing Iterative approach has consistently performed as good as Agile (Click here to see the full article) 2. Agile Practices Now Have Research Support Latest research suggests that iterative approach with trial and error is the best way to navigate through our environment which has become exceedingly complex. The Unselfish Gene Adapt: Why Success Always Starts With Failure The Origin of Wea... (more)

ManpowerGroup Reveals Why Leading in the Human Age Requires New Approaches to the World of Work at World Economic Forum

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world leader in innovative workforce solutions and World Economic Forum (WEF) strategic partner, today shared its annual analysis of the macro-economic forces evolving the world of work. "Leading in the Human Age: Why An Era of Certain Uncertainty Requires New Approaches to the World of Work," outlines how companies can reinvent themselves as flexible and adaptable Human Age Corporations in response to chronic unpredictability. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110330/CG73938LOGO-a) Since ManpowerGroup's announcement of the Human Age — a complex era where talent, as capital once was, is a key driver of economic growth — at the 2011 WEF Annual Meeting, the forces evolving this volatile age are growing more intertwined, pushing and pulling in different directions until they becom... (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)

Book Excerpt | The New World of Work: From the Cube to the Cloud – Part 2

It may be terrifying for those caught in the vortex between the old and the new way of work. Most professionals earned the right degrees, responded to the demands of their professions, learned the intricacies of their industries and were rewarded under the old system. It feels like a massive betrayal that an entire system is falling away. The truth is that the cube was moved in part by a new breed of professional. They are skilled and passionate global workers who want the freedom to choose the type of work, rather than choosing a job based on its proximity to their homes. Rather than being hindered by location, they are able to compete based on talent and passion. While most of us were sleeping, they unknowingly leveraged cloud and mobile technology and created the New World of Work. And it was their passion for work, rather than some indiscreet evil force, that c... (more)

Maximize Your Data Storage Strategy Using the Cloud

Earlier this year, Gartner published their list of Top 10 Cloud Storage Providers, highlighting key features and differentiators of the top cloud storage providers in the world. More importantly, the report highlights the emergence of a maturing industry of cloud storage providers offering a new option for businesses thinking about their next data storage purchase. Although each cloud storage provider has a unique set of strengths, nearly all offer a common set of cloud storage benefits that include: A nearly unlimited supply of on-demand capacity: organizations can avoid the dreaded cycle of refreshes, upgrades and migrations from running out of capacity Multi-site redundancy: most cloud storage providers offer multi-copy and data center redundancy for disaster tolerance Reduced maintenance: cloud storage means never having to touch or replace a disk drive or go thro... (more)

Seven Strategies for Surviving Outsourcing

One of the most enduring of American legends is that of John Henry, the "steel drivin' man," who pitted his strength against a machine - and won. Unlike many legends, John Henry was a real person - a former slave who was hired by the C&O Railroad to cut holes in rock into which explosives were placed in order to create tunnels. It was slow, difficult, dangerous work and John Henry did it better than anyone. One day, a salesman came to John Henry's camp and boasted that his steam-powered drill could outwork any man, and the now-famous contest was on. John Henry won the race, drilling fourteen feet to the machine's nine, but his victory was short-lived as he died a few hours later from the stress of the competition. It's ironic, but the best thing for John Henry's reputation was his death after that victory. Had he lived, he would have seen his value as a worker dimi... (more)

IT Trends: "Intelligent Computing" is Greater Threat than Outsourcing

According to the president of a global research and consulting firm, about ten million manufacturing jobs involving physical labor and repetitive activities worldwide were lost due to machines replacing humans. In other words, the greatest threat to jobs is not IT outsourcing to India, it is rather that increasingly "smart" systems will lead to the replacement of more and more knowledge workers by smart applications. Harvey Cohen, president of Strategy Analytics, believes that higher value-added jobs - involving identification, assessment, conclusions, decisions, and recommendations - will continue to be lost to systems with increasingly intelligent capabilities, creating what he describes as as "a $100 billion opportunity." "In the next wave," of this trend, Cohen continues, "there will be an employment threat involving the substitution of emerging systems with emb... (more)

Interview: Timothy Ferriss, Bestselling Author of The 4-Hour Workweek

Scott Hanselman: Hi, this is Scott Hanselman and this is another episode of Hanselminutes. I'm down here in Sebastopol, California at Foo Camp and I've been lucky enough to sit down with Tim Ferriss, the New York best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek. That's four, the number four, not 40, not 14, four-hour workweek. How's it going, Tim? Timothy Ferriss: It's going great. SH: I want to understand how you're able to synthesize what is a 40- or 60- or 80-hour workweek to those four or few hours that really are the most value-added. Are you just outsourcing everything that's tedious? TF: No. I think that that's the most popular topic to discuss because it gets people hot and heavy and it's political and emotional, but at the core of the most important concept is that of reductionism. What I mean by that is it's very easy to make the simple complex, but it's quite ch... (more)