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    One benefit of AWS is it's a quick and easy way to spin up resources. But cloud lock-in can be a serious concern for enterprises that go all-in on AWS.Continue Reading

  • Big Oracle cloud migration just one more challenge for IT-trained CFO

    With PeopleSoft, SAP and Workday deployments in his background, Chad Eckes has the IT and business chops to move Wake Forest Medical Center to Oracle cloud financials and HCM.Continue Reading

  • Key IT metrics: A CIO guide

    As technology and the business evolve, so do IT metrics. In this Essential Guide, learn how to navigate KPIs, IT investment and cloud cost optimization techniques.Continue Reading

  • Tips to align cloud computing strategies with clients' business goals

    Many organizations remain puzzled about how cloud computing should integrate with their overall business objectives, creating an opportunity for cloud providers to step in and help.Continue Reading

  • Everything you need to know about storage snapshots

    The role of storage snapshots in data protection is growing. Essentially, groups of disk blocks -- physical in an array or virtualized within a software-defined storage or virtual appliance -- storage snapshots embody what a file system or volume looked like at a specific moment. So if you are performing instant recovery, flat backup or any type of continuous data protection, storage snapshots are going to be a part of the picture.

    Switching cloud storage providers isn't often a breeze, and one of the biggest headaches of all when doing so is data migration -- especially if you've got hundreds of terabytes, or even petabytes, of data stashed away. Fortunately, there are tools, approaches and third parties that can ease the transition process.

    Technology convergence in the modern data center is reshaping traditional IT jobs and responsibilities. Consequently, storage know-how, while still very valuable, is no longer the only area of expertise a storage professional needs to be proficient in to succeed. The good news is there are plenty of ways to take your career into your own hands to adapt to this new reality.

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  • Networked cloud emerges to meet evolving infrastructure needs

    Some enterprise network managers are beginning to move networking out to the cloud, as they sort out how to best meet their organizations' evolving infrastructure needs.Continue Reading

  • Google's Stackdriver taps into growing multicloud trend

    A clear trend has emerged around public cloud adoption in the enterprise: organizations increasingly employ a mix of different cloud services, rather than go all in with one. As that movement ...Continue Reading

  • Benefits of moving from EC2-Classic to VPC

    AWS replaced EC2-Classic instances with Virtual Private Cloud to help enterprises better secure networks and resources. Here's how the two instances differ and how to migrate to VPC.Continue Reading

  • Use log analysis tools to help you find problems in your data center

    Log analysis tools do the heavy lifting when it comes to identifying the root cause of issues occurring in your data center, but they come with their own challenges.Continue Reading

  • Will Operations Management Suite boost confidence in Office 365?

    Office 365 has been a relative success, but some are hesitant to adopt it. New features in the Operations Management Suite, showcased at Ignite, may allay some of those fears.Continue Reading

  • Both promise, issues abound when supply chain partners share the cloud

    Many businesses are migrating business processes to the cloud, but what does that mean for their supply chain partners? Here's what you need to know.Continue Reading

  • Q&A: VAI's Kevin Beasley discusses cloud ERP adoption

    In this Q&A, Kevin Beasley of ERP provider VAI Inc. discusses why cloud ERP adoption is increasing for the midmarket and what companies should consider when going to the cloud.Continue Reading

  • CFOs see maturity of ERP in the cloud as grounds for migration

    The cloud has engulfed many a business application over the past few years. Companies are developing more confidence in vacating the premises and migrating to a place where they believe their processes can be managed with greater flexibility, less expensively and, yes, just as securely as on the ground. However, ERP processes have been among the laggards in cloud migration, and for good reason. Many CFOs have had concerns about compliance, security, data access, moving legacy data to a new platform and immature financial capabilities in cloud systems. But CFO resistance is softening as some of these long-time barriers to cloud adoption are now some of the principal drivers encouraging CFOs to embrace ERP in the cloud. A Gartner survey shows that 47% of responding organizations plan to move core ERP systems to the cloud within the next few years.

    This handbook examines the benefits and disadvantages of doing just that. In the first feature, writer Beth Stackpole reports that CFOs confronted with the limitations of on-premises ERP are being drawn in by the new capabilities of ERP in the cloud platforms, including analytics, performance dashboards, more sophisticated planning and modeling, and support for mobility. In the second feature, writer Alan Joch points out that newer, more agile companies migrating financials to the cloud can gain an advantage over established companies whose highly customized premises ERP systems, once considered leading edge, are quickly turning into legacy systems. And in the third feature, Joch talks with CFOs who explain why cloud financials became a solid choice after outgrowing their old systems and overcoming concerns about cloud security, data access and functional depth.

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  • How can IT administrators improve a SaaS backup plan?

    Migrating to software as a service can benefit an organization, but there are some questions administrators need to ask when considering a cloud-to-cloud backup.Continue Reading

  • Microsoft slates Windows Server 2016 availability for mid-October

    Microsoft dedicated its opening keynote to the benefits of Azure, but IT pros say the company's on-ramp to the cloud still needs some work.Continue Reading

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