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MSP's Adapt or Die

  Guilty to an Advantage: Cloud is Blurring the Line Separating IT Infrastructure & Business Operations From healthcare carriers to public sector entities, the last decade witnessed businesses investing heavily in enterprise applications to ease workflows and increase productivity and efficiency. Oracle acquiring PeopleSoft is a common example of this. The major problem with this strategy was the speed at which these strategic acquisitions quickly lost their relevance, sometimes never getting off the ground at all. The reason lies in the costs to support, maintain, and integrate these type of applications. Customers quickly found it was increasingly difficult to customize...
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Rapid Cloud Growth and the Industry Impact

Public IT cloud services spending will reach $56.6 billion in 2014 and grow to more than $127 billion in 2018, according to a new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC). This represents a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.8%, which is about six times the rate of growth for the overall IT market. In 2018, public IT cloud services will account for more than half of worldwide software, server, and storage spending growth.  The above will cause an explosion of software development firms and according to the IDC, 10 times the number of products, services and offerings. What...
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I want to move to the "Cloud"...

How many of us IT service professionals have heard this comment over the past 18 months? I hear it at least 3 times a week from our customer in one form or another. What exactly do they mean by cloud?  There have been many, many articles written on how to define the cloud and it rapidly becomes a useless debate. The way that I approach this interaction with the client is to find out what they think the cloud is and how they can use it. This may be counter intuitive but I find that many technology pros lead with a...
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Planning for the Cloud: What CIOs Need to Know

There’s no doubt the cloud can make things easier for organizations seeking to ramp up and scale applications, services and other business and IT service delivery initiatives quickly. However, diving into the cloud isn’t as straightforward as it’s sometimes made out to be. In this first of two blogs, we’ll be discussing some of the things we think CIOs and their organizations should seriously consider when starting a cloud deployment. The Best Migration PathEven mainstream applications such as email may not migrate and operate in the cloud as smoothly as you’d think. When considering applications for cloud migration, it is wise...
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Thoughts on the Cloud

As I sit here and think about the “Cloud” and what it really means, I can’t help but wonder about the millennial generation and beyond.  For those of us who’ve been around a bit longer and can remember “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” had him acting in the movie 'Animal House' with John Belushi, we’ve seen the onsite data rooms in our office buildings and have sat through numerous internet data security trainings, back-up and archive procedures, etc… So for us the shift to the cloud can create some fear of cyber security safety with our data even though we now...
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