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Weekly IT Highlights on DevOps, Change Management, CIO and trends for Cloud and More


Weekly IT Highlights on DevOps, Change Management, CIO and trends for Cloud and More


As Friday comes around, we want to recap some of the best stuff we read this week on DevOps, Change Management, the CIO and trends for cloud. Enjoy!

2013: Business Intelligence Dawns on The CIO

By Eric Ernest

In today's fast-paced digital age, given the amount and the rate of data generation, it is incumbent on enterprises to use data to gain insights and stay one step ahead of the competition. Fortunately, CIOs are stepping up to the challenge. 

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Behaviorally Speaking—2013 Predictions for DevOPs and IT Operations

By Bob Aiello

The wrong version of a piece of software ultimately resulted in Knight Capital ceasing to exist as an independent corporate entity. I do have good news, though, for professionals whose organizations plan upgrades: it doesn't cost $440 million dollars to implement DevOps! 

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Devops, complexity and anti-fragility in IT: Risk and anti-fragility

By James Urquhart

Enterprise IT organizations have spent decades trying to create systematic approaches to control and (hopefully) eliminate disruption in computing operations. The standard approach to date has been to strictly control change. Now, concepts like continuous integration and deployment, modularized application systems, and "fail fast" agile processes encourage continuous change.

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Non-IT sees cloud computing advantages, drives adoption

By Alex Barrett

That not-IT crowd sees plenty of potential in cloud computing advantages. The finance side of the house looks at public cloud and sees an easy way to avoid unnecessary capital expenditures, overhead and head count. Business units see Software as a Service (SaaS) versions of applications that are easy to get up and running and don't require any maintenance. Developers see a thriving community of their peers doing cool stuff and delivering new ideas. 

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There is a silver lining to cloud computing despite challenges


Cloud computing as a virtualisation technology has real benefits and troubles as well. The silver lining of the clouds notwithstanding, there are issues that leave the clouds too stormy for some businesses. Cloud computing troubles are mainly manifested in the outages, insecurity and issues of accessibility. Given the enabling nature of cloud technology, most businesses are slowly coming to terms with it. 

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How To Not Fear Change

By Sasha Gilenson

EvolvenChange is a norm in IT operations and it is becoming both more intense and more complex to manage. This surrounds change in fear and dread, holding back IT from implementing change, and impacting the business. Are you ready to smoothly manage change in your IT environments?

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IT Operations Lessons From Charlie Brown

By Sasha Gilenson

EvolvenIT Operations are driven by changes. Nevertheless, ensuring that critical business systems continue to stay on track, becomes one their biggest contributions to the business. At the same time this most critical function relies on processes and tools that have hit their limit.

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CIOs say cloud computing is really, truly a priority this time

By David Linthicum

At least CIOs finally get it: Either figure out a way to leverage cloud technology, or get into real estate. Although this technology is still emerging, the value of at least putting together a plan and a few projects has been there for years. The business cases have always existed. 

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Process Should Enable Change without Pain, but …

By Jim Sinur

In todays world, change will be come the norm, so we will all get a good dose of it going forward. 2013 will be a transition year to something new for processes and complex business outcomes. 

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IT Priorities for 2013 Include Faster App Delivery, Less Cloud

By Paul Krill

Delivering applications faster has remained the top priority in all three years of the survey, although the percentage who rated this as important dropped from 68 percent last year to 59 percent this year. 

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CIO's cloud solutions meet collaboration needs and speed up innovation

By Karen Goulart

The cloud model is a significant paradigm shift; it's not just a different way of sourcing. And because of that, I think early adoption of the cloud is a competitive advantage. 

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Reasons to pursue a multi-cloud strategy

By Thoran Rodrigues

Like what happens in any market where competition abounds, on the cloud there are significant differences between providers: some will offer better support, some will offer better SLA terms, some will have lower prices, some will have better APIs and so on. The best way to understand these differences and choose the providers that best fit your needs is to experiment with them. I spent a good six months experimenting with different infrastructure providers before settling on the ones (three at any given time) I currently use, and I'm always evaluating new alternatives. With the tools and functionality available today, there is no excuse for not going the multi-cloud route. 

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Secret CIO: 5 Steps To That CIO Title

By John McGreavy

My biggest issue is that I believe I'm doing the CIO job right now based on what job descriptions I can find. The primary goal of our ERP system has been to support the long-term growth and efficiency of our organization. Although I still have a fair number of specific tasks to do because of resource constraints, I think my value and the focus of my work over the last four years has been setting and implementing corporate strategies. What should I do? Stop worrying and be happy that I have a good job at a solid company, one where my opinions are valued and I'm in line for a big promotion in five to 10 years? Continue to press for the CIO title? Or start looking elsewhere? 

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Why Your Data Center Costs Will Drop

By Jim Ditmore

But an interesting thing has happened to server power efficiency. Before 2006, such efficiency improvements were nominal, represented by the solid blue line below. Even if your data center kept the number of servers steady but just migrated to the latest model, it would need significant increases in power and cooling. You'd experience greater compute performance, of course, but your power and cooling would increase in a corresponding fashion. Since 2006, however, compute efficiency (green line) has improved dramatically, even outpacing the improvement in processor performance (red lines).

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Good and Bad Patterns in Development and Operations

By Aaron Nichols

Dev teams rely on these metrics to make decisions, help identify what metrics are important. 

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