Government IT Departments Must Go Private, Not Public, Cloud

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Government IT Departments Must Go Private, Not Public, Cloud

I feel for the federal agency IT departments. They are faced with a mandate to go cloud-first, but moving IT to a public cloud (SaaS) is mostly a business decision, not an IT decision. Let’s be honest, a public cloud offering is not really a technical change from what large agencies’ IT department can do themselves. So it’s really about shifting risk to an external entity and converting IT costs to operating budget (OPEX) instead of capital budget (CAPEX).

Business Analytics Solutions Will Spread

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Business Analytics Solutions Will Spread

Conventional thought is that clustered non-SQL databases are going to change business analytics and make the data that large organizations collect more useful. As usual, a few tools have risen to the top of the competitive heap, each with its own specialty.

The fishing problem for public cloud companies

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The fishing problem for public cloud companies

Ever heard the story of the fisherman who was so focused on catching a big fish that he missed all the medium and small fish swimming around him? Many public cloud companies have hired high-paid sales people to go find enterprise customers. Get the big fish. It makes a splash in the news and makes the sales guy lots of money. But there’s a problem with this strategy. What about the easy-to-catch fish?

Public cloud: It’s not a technical decision

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Public cloud: It’s not a technical decision

I ran across the GigaOM article “Cloud is a corporate strategy, not a tactical solution,”and it helped me clarify what I’ve been trying to say for a while about cloud service — it’s not a technical decision. It’s a business decision. 

A winning combination for VDI

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A winning combination for VDI

Since 2001, an increasing number of government employees and contractors have started teleworking. Although it is a convenient alternative for employees, the growth in teleworking over the years has presented new challenges for agency IT administrators.  

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