Hot Spots: Web 2.0 storage: Challenges and choices


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Speed and agility is essential in a Web 2.0 economy and can be critical for success. It's therefore vital for IT leaders to understand and start evaluating their specific business requirements to determine the appropriate infrastructure that will be needed to provide a sustainable and successful Web 2.0 business. This will require deviating from traditional solutions and approaches. A shift in mindset, perhaps even in culture, may also be needed. You will need to consider the following:
  • If you decide to build, do you have the technical acumen and vision to build the right thing?

  • If you buy, do you go with what you know or do you take a step back and analyze the needs of a Web 2.0 world vs. your current landscape?

  • If you rent, who are the right partners? Do they have what you need and can you work with them effectively?

  • Can you rise above being a technologist and realize that core services and business processes are vital to implementing Web 2.0?
Traditional brick-and-mortar businesses will need to figure out how to capitalize on Web 2.0 because if they don't, someone else in their market will.

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This was first published in November 2007

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