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Gartner Reveals Top Predictions For IT Organizations And Users For 2014 And Beyond

Gartner Reveals Top Predictions For IT Organizations And Users For 2014 And Beyond

Gartner Reveals Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users for 2014 and Beyond

Analysts Explore Latest Industry Directions at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013 October 6-10 

ORLANDO, Fla., October 8, 2013 – Gartner, Inc. has revealed its top predictions for IT organizations and IT users for 2014 and beyond. Gartner’s top predictions for 2014 combine several disruptive topics — Digital Industrial Revolution, Digital Business, Smart Machines and the Internet of Things — that are set to have an impact well beyond just the IT function.

Gartner’s 2013 CEO survey suggests CEOs feel that business uncertainties are declining and yet, CIOs awake each day into a world of technology uncertainty and change,” said Daryl Plummer, managing vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “The savvy CIO will get his or her CEO to recognize the change being brought about by disruptive shifts is coming at an accelerated pace and at a global level of impact.

Gartner analysts presented their findings during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, being held here through October 10. Gartner’s top 10 predictions are broken out into four categories and include:

Digital Industrial Revolution — IT is no longer just about the IT function. Instead, IT has become the catalyst for the next phase of innovation in personal and competitive business ecosystems. One place where this is evident is in the beginnings of a Digital Industrial Revolution that threatens to reshape how physical goods are created using 3D printing.

By 2018, 3D printing will result in the loss of at least $100 billion per year in intellectual property globally. Near Term Flag: At least one major western manufacturer will claim to have had intellectual property (IP) stolen for a mainstream product by thieves using 3D printers who will likely reside in those same western markets rather than in Asia by 2015.

The plummeting costs of 3D printers, scanners and 3D modeling technology, combined with improving capabilities, makes the technology for IP theft more accessible to would-be criminals. Importantly, 3D printers do not have to produce a finished good in order to enable IP theft. The ability to make a wax mold from a scanned object, for instance, can enable the thief to produce large quantities of items that exactly replicate the original.

By 2016, 3D printing of tissues and organs (bioprinting) will cause a global debate about regulating the technology or banning it for both human and nonhuman use. Near Term Flag: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration or comparable agency in a developed nation that is charged with evaluating all medical proposals will introduce guidelines that prohibit the bioprinting of life-saving 3D printed organs and tissues without its prior approval by end of 2015.

Bioprinting is the medical application of 3D printers to produce living tissue and organs. The day when 3D bioprinted human organs are readily available is drawing closer. The emergence of 3D bioprinting facilities with the ability to print human organs can leave people wondering what the effect of it will be on society. Beyond these questions, however, there is the reality of what 3D bioprinting means in helping people who need organs that are otherwise not readily available.

Digital Business — Digital business refers to business created using digital assets and/or capabilities, involving digital products, services and/or customer experiences, and/or conducted through digital channels and communities. Gartner’s digital business predictions focus on the effect digital business will have on labor reductions, on consumer goods revenue, and on use of personal data. While these do not cover the sum total of digital business, they do highlight critical areas of medium to long-term impact.

By 2017, more than half of consumer goods manufacturers will receive 75 percent of their consumer innovation and R&D capabilities from crowdsourced solutions. Near Term Flag: Consumer goods companies that employ crowdsourced solutions in marketing campaigns or new product development will enjoy a 1 percent revenue boost over noncrowdsourced competitors by 2015.

Engineers, scientists, IT professionals and marketers at consumer goods companies are engaging crowds much more aggressively and with increasing frequency using digital channels to reach a larger and more anonymous pool of intellect and opinion. Gartner sees a massive shift toward applications of crowdsourcing, enabled by technology, such as: advertising, online communities, scientific problem solving, internal new product ideas, and consumer-created products.

By 2020, the labor reduction effect of digitization will cause social unrest and a quest for new economic models in several mature economies. Near Term Flag: A larger scale version of an “Occupy Wall Street”-type movement will begin by the end of 2014, indicating that social unrest will start to foster political debate.

Digitization is reducing labor content of services and products in an unprecedented way, thus fundamentally changing the way remuneration is allocated across labor and capital. Long term, this makes it impossible for increasingly large groups to participate in the traditional economic system — even at lower prices — leading them to look for alternatives such as a bartering-based (sub)society, urging a return to protectionism or resurrecting initiatives like Occupy Wall Street, but on a much larger scale. Mature economies will suffer most as they don’t have the population growth to increase autonomous demand nor powerful enough labor unions or political parties to (re-)allocate gains in what continues to be a global economy.

By 2017, 80 percent of consumers will collect, track and barter their personal data for cost savings, convenience and customization. Near Term Flag: The number of Kickstarter-based auctions of personal data will increase by triple-digit percentages by the end of 2014.

The escalation of consumer awareness of data collection practices has set the stage for offering consumers more control over the disposition of personal data — collected both online and offline. As increasing demand and scarcity drives up the value of such data, incentives grow to entice consumers to share it voluntarily. Meanwhile, consumer interest in self-tracking also suggests that consumers are investing more time and energy in collecting data about themselves. They increasingly view such data as a key asset for life improvement, which is potentially consistent with the idea of trading it for value under the right circumstances.

By 2020, enterprises and governments will fail to protect 75 percent of sensitive data, and declassify and grant broad/public access to it. Near Term Flag: By 2015, at least one more Snowden or WikiLeaks moment will occur, indicating an upward trend in corporations and governments’ acceptance that they cannot protect all sensitive information.

The amount of data stored and used by enterprises and governments is growing exponentially, such that any attempt to protect it all is unrealistic. Instead of facing an unfathomable task of protecting all data, enterprises and governments will focus on protecting only a small part of it, but protecting it well. Wider society will also gain from this approach, enabling it to establish better control over government and business, preventing abuses of power and engendering greater trust.

Smart Machines — The emergence of smart machines adds opportunity and fear as “cognizant and cognitive systems” and can enhance processes and decision making, but could also remove the need for humans in the process and decision effort. CIOs will see this as a means of delivering greater efficiency, but will have to balance between the active human workforce and the cold efficiency of machines that can learn.

By 2024, at least 10 percent of activities potentially injurious to human life will require mandatory use of a nonoverideable “smart system.” Near Term Flag: Economically priced cars with “automated assist” technology added as standard equipment will increase by through 2014 as an indicator of adoption.

The increasing deployment of “smart systems” capable of automatically responding to external events is increasing all the time, but there remains a deep-seated resistance to eliminating the option for human intervention. The capability, reliability and availability of appropriate technology are not the issue. The willingness of the general population to accept initial widespread deployment and increasing removal of manual override options is the issue.

By 2020, a majority of knowledge worker career paths will be disrupted by smart machines in both positive and negative ways. Near Term Flag: Virtual personal assistant usage in business grows more quickly in 2017 and 2018 than iPad usage did in 2010 and 2011.

Gartner forecasts that smart machines will upend a majority of knowledge workers’ career paths by 2020. Smart machines exploit machine learning and deep-learning algorithms. They behave autonomously, adapting to their environment. They learn from results, create their own rules and seek or request additional data to test hypotheses. They are able to detect novel situations, often far more quickly and accurately than people. IT professionals need to recognize that smart machines can create substantial competitive advantages, as well as entirely new businesses.

By 2017, 10 percent of computers will be learning rather than processing. Near Term Flag: In 2014, the number of speech recognition applications running on deep neural network algorithms will double.

Deep learning methods, based on deep neural networks, are currently being applied in speech recognition systems as well as some object recognition applications. Quality of life improves when society is able to derive useful information from the copious amounts of unstructured data collecting in the Internet. The most important implication of a learning computer is that it expands much less energy to recognize more complex patterns.

Internet of Things — The Internet of Things cements the connection between machines, people and business interactions in the modern era. With the advent of massively connected devices, businesses, governments and people now have access to more information about themselves and their surroundings than they can actually act on. Gartner’s prediction focuses on the opportunity to build applications and services that can use that information to create new engagement models for customers, employees and partners, and to foster a new set of business and marketing models that make the word “engagement” a truly valuable asset.

By 2020, consumer data collected from wearable devices will drive 5 percent of sales from the Global 1000. Near Term Flag: The number of smartphone apps requesting to share consumer data will increase twofold by 2015, indicating a rise in the number of marketers or proprietors who seek access to customer profile data.

Wearable computing, or wearables, is quickly moving into mainstream society, led by the growing, multibillion dollar health and fitness markets. Within five years, consumer wearables will become more sophisticated, capturing what the user sees, hears or even feels through biorhythmic responses. The technical hurdles that have stalled the adoption of wearables (battery life, augmented reality, chip evolution and bandwidth) are quickly eroding; opening doors to creative minds determined to exploit this technology for commercial gain as evidenced by sizable investments in wearable technology from Samsung, Google, Apple and Microsoft.

While some of these disruptive topics might seem as if they do not have a direct impact on the IT function, we must embrace the notion that IT is now a part of everything,” said Mr. Plummer. “As the structure of businesses and industries change, the IT systems that support them will change and so will the skills, processes and controls needed to keep them functioning. The day when 3D-printed computer architecture exists is upon us, and the days when the digital business, smart machines or the Internet of Things change what computers are may not be far off.”

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What Do IT Managers Place As Top Priority When Thinking Cloud? Service!

What Do IT Managers Place As Top Priority When Thinking Cloud? Service!

What Do IT Managers Place as Top Priority when thinking Cloud? Service!

IT managers have a great deal to think about when considering or overseeing their company’s transition to the cloud, since this is a technology that positions itself both as a data-storage security platform – which IT managers know a lot about – and  a dynamic business tool – which they may know slightly less about. So IT managers often appreciate receiving help from their industry counterparts, which is great news for those managed hosting providers who wish to distinguish themselves from being simply a pipeline or storage tank for their client’s data. Today’s cloud hosting provider can, and indeed must, ensure that they are visible as experts, mentors and consultants; constantly up-to-speed on market changes, trends, new technologies and case studies, and able to anticipate the fears and desires of their clients, while still, of course providing access to the nuts and bolts of cloud technology.

Knowing what IT managers (and their bosses) are both worried about and not worried about requires regular polling and investigation, which is what UK-based company CWCS Managed Hosting ( did when it commissioned a study among Senior IT managers based in the UK, to see just where their priorities lay at this moment. Of the 104 people who responded, 44% represented companies of between 101 and 500 people, and 56% represented companies employing 500 or more people.

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To the question: “What do you consider the most important aspect of a hosting solution?” the top answers were:

  • Reliability/Uptime: 50.96%

  • Security: 22.12%

  • Flexibility and scalability: 15.38%

  • Price: 7.69%

Peter Elgar, Marketing Manager at CWCS, finds it surprising that not only did a small number of respondents (less than 8%) see price as the most important, but also that almost half (49%) thought that reliability and uptime were not top priority, perhaps indicating that reliability and uptime are starting to be taken for granted in the cloud.

These numbers align with polling performed informally by CloudTweaks at the recent VMWorld Exposition in San Francisco, in which a majority of IT specialists and decision-makers pointed out that a  satisfactory level of accessibility and scalability now prevalent in the world’s major cloud systems has allowed companies to focus more on their strategic goals, by ensuring, for example, reliable and common access to data across numerous platforms, faster delivery of applications, and ease of use by employees especially in conjunction with the newly blossoming bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend.

The CWCS Managed Hosting poll also revealed that IT managers, although becoming more technologically knowledgeable about the cloud, still have yet to access the power necessary to bring change to bear, with a full 60% of respondents stating their role was that of an “influencer” or “solution identifier” rather than an “authorizer”.

Perhaps most telling of all the questions asked, and most significant to managed hosting companies worldwide is the identification of “service” as the most important feature looked for in a managed hosting provider. Three related categories, “rapid response to issues or queries” (22%), “technical expertise of support staff” (22%), and “24/7/365 support” (21%) together comprised 65% of the collection of key priorities, with technological quality and security issues falling to jointly-held second place.

The findings of the CWCS Managed Hosting survey demonstrate that service – human contact and reliability – have the potential to make or break the fortunes of a managed hosting organization, especially when trust of both the technology and the perceived openness of the cloud have yet to solidify with the C-suite executive level. As Peter Elgar explains, “as a managed hosting provider, we are seeing a steadily increasing shift towards cloud computing, particularly towards cloud servers and private clouds. But there is still some reluctance out there and although many businesses feel cloud is the way forward, there has to be a clear business case and the benefits need to be clearly defined.”

Those managed hosting providers who invest in top-notch customer service, and who actually view themselves as a service company first and technology company second, stand to gain the long-term trust and business of IT managers and the companies for who they work. This allows both parties to work towards building a cloud solution over time, rather than forcing a customer to live with an out-of-the box solution that never quite fits. As Elgar says, “many of our customers, often prompted by C-level executives, who have heard about the efficiency and cost savings cloud hosting can bring, will take a phased approach. They’ll start off with one or two servers in our public cloud and scale up over time.”

By Steve Prentice

Post Sponsored By CWCS Managed Hosting

Some Recommended Cloud Music Services

Some Recommended Cloud Music Services

Some Recommended Cloud Music Services

Provided is a partial list of some of the recommended cloud based music services available.  Please feel free to comment and add to the list.


Google Play

With Google Play Music you can browse millions of tracks and listen to your favorite songs over Android or the web. Add your own personal playlist to the mix and discover some new hits. Account setup is free but you may choose to purchase All Access to millions of songs, radio with unlimited skips and access to custom crafted playlists put together by the Google Play Music geeks.



ZumoCast allows you to browse your library of music and videos on your browser and mobile device without having to wait for sync or long uploads… Stream video in any format to any connection, including 3G. ZumoCast also allows you to check your documents, data and other information from your mobile device any time you want.



Download whatever music you’d like to listen to with the Samsung Music Hub. All you have to do is download the app and sign in for instant access to all your favorite music direct to your mobile device.

Amazon Cloud Player

Amazon Cloud Player allows you to stream music to your iPhone, Kindle Fire or Android Device or download your music for offline use. Your MP3 purchases are stored for free at Amazon Cloud Player and your first 250 songs are free. Sign up and get access to over 250,000 songs for only $24.99 a month.

Apple iCloud

Get fast and easy access to all your data from any device including photos, music, documents with Apple iCloud. Easy photo and multi-media sharing makes Apple iCloud especially fun for families on vacation while location-based alerts are useful to keep in touch with nearby loved ones.  Also, if you ever misplace your phone, iCloud can back up your data and help you locate it from another device.


Grooveshark provides users with free music broadcasts in a variety of genres. New releases and featured videos are updated regularly so you’ll never miss out on new music. Find your new favorite radio station or create a broadcast of your own for the world to hear.


With Subsonic, it’s easy to manage over 100,000 files of music, download or listen in on Podcasts, watch movies on the go and share it all with family and friends. Stream music without any trouble to your Windows phone, Android or iPhone. Subsonic apps are also available for BlackBerry, Roku and many other phones. Enjoy all the reviews, cover art, lyrics and album info you could hope for.


Find out about all the new music and listen to your favorite music with Rdio. With a library of more than 20 million songs, you’ll have no trouble keeping up with the latest artists or finding the classic songs you love. You can find virtually anything you search for, and best of all Rdio is completely ad-free.


Spotify is a music app that can be used for computers, smartphones, tablets and even home entertainment systems. Stream music directly to your device or download songs with Premium to listen offline as well. With Spotify, searching for new music and sharing with friends has never been easier. Connect Spotify to your Facebook and check out what you’re friends are listening to. With Spotify, it’s never been easier to catalog your favorite songs and discover the latest bands.

Find your favorite artists on or listen in on their radio station to discover new music. Personalize your radio stations to suit your mood at and keep up with the latest new groups in the types of music that interest you the most.


Pandora is an excellent radio application that gives you access to all your favorite songs in one convenient location. Search for any song, band or album you want and get instantly connected. Pandora will play only the songs you want to hear while also suggesting new artists that may be up your alley.

Slacker Radio

At Slacker Radio you can create your perfect party mix or new playlist or browse the various handcrafted stations that have already been made. You can also keep up with the new bands getting noticed today or hear the latest news on your favorite artist.

By Robert Cole

Cloud Startup: Dropplets – Refreshingly Simple!

Cloud Startup: Dropplets – Refreshingly Simple!

Cloud Startup: Dropplets – Refreshingly Simple!

Dropplets is all the rage in the blogging world today with its seamless blogging layout, hassle-free of any database background.  Seriously, the blogging world is tweeting about it and spreading the news. Dropplets even made YCombinator’s Hacker News.


Dropplets launched back in February of this year and has since developed through to version 1.6. Built by Jason Schuller from Circa75 Meda, LLC out of Seattle, Washington, Dropplets is a blogging platform that many think of as a CMS or content management system; though it states right on their website that it is not. Regardless of the confusion, this innovative blogging platform is built for the avid advanced blogger who dislikes the database constricting services of other platforms.

So, how does this new, widely talked about blogging platform work? Let’s start with Dropplets’ easy installation process. In less than five minutes users can download the Dropplets file, upload it to whichever server the user desires and password protect all its content. Dropplets doesn’t even ask for an email during installation. Though email isn’t mandatory during installation, users can link their social media accounts or other means of contact to their blog if they desire. Once activated, users can begin blogging offline with Markdown tools and then upload and publish them to their site with Dropplets. It really doesn’t get much simpler than that. Even editing posts are straight forward and quickly completed. Simply adjust your post offline and re-upload it with the same publishing name as the first and it will overlap the first post.

Dropplets isn’t known for its high functionality. In fact, simplicity was Mr. Schuller’s top focus when developing the platform. This simplicity, of course, can be what sells the blogging platform for some users and thwarts it for others. With regard to blog appearances, users can upload a photo or image to stand as their blog icon, as well as select one of a few free templates or pay for a higher quality one. However, more advanced personalization capabilities are a bit limited within Dropplets; obviously this plays in with the platform’s simplistic nature.

While many startups seek funding and recruit staff to launch their company, Dropplets has not yet moved down that path. After speaking with Schuller it was found that he has put his own time and money into creating and maintaining Dropplets and has yet to obtain any outside funding.  With that said, Schuller has given much credit to his GitHub community for assisting with the startup’s maintenance. Considering all the kinks and troubleshooting that occurs in the beginning stages of a startup, one might think that it is challenging to maintain everything alone; however Mr. Schuller seems to successfully do it. Schuller deals with all user concerns and troubleshooting alone and publicly through his GitHub page which appears to work for both him and his company.

Dropplets is not Jason Schuller’s first online startup; he also created a few others, including Dropplets’ mother company, Circa75, and More information about Jason Schuller and Dropplets can be found here.

By Tyla Gilings

Victim Of Cloud-Washing? Use VPCs To Compete With The Big Firms

Victim Of Cloud-Washing? Use VPCs To Compete With The Big Firms

Victim of Cloud-Washing? Use VPCs to Compete with the Big Firms

As Amazon continues to innovate and deliver new services at an incredible pace it can be a challenge for others in the Cloud Service Provider (CSP) market to keep up. Predicted high growth on public cloud services is causing some existing data center providers to engage in cloud washing – labeling their services as “cloud” or “cloud-enabled”. This leaves genuine CSPs squeezed at both ends – struggling to keep up with Amazon, and struggling to differentiate from cloud washed managed services.

Virtual Private Clouds (VPC) provide one way to stand out. By giving subscribers the means to secure their data in a public cloud environment and connect back to resources in the enterprise CSPs can ease the transition into the cloud and add value for customers.

CSPs have two approaches they can take to delivering VPC. The first is to implement a service provider software defined networking (SDN) layer that can be exposed through an API (and user interface) to customers. This requires a significant investment in the SDN capability and its associated equipment, software and roll out. An alternative approach is to make use of network function virtualization (NFV) where the VPC is implemented entirely in software that’s under the customers’ control. The NFV version operates by running in existing virtual machines and over the top of the existing network. This can be done by simply offering an image to customers as part of a standard image library.

NFV-based VPCs: All the capabilities without the hardware

An NFV based approach to VPC gives cloud customers full control over their security, topology, protocols and addressing, which allows customers to bring workloads to the cloud that they otherwise wouldn’t. Security remains a top concern for those looking to adopt cloud, and security of data in motion to the cloud and in the cloud helps a great deal. Flexible deployment topologies are another benefit of the NFV approach to VPC, allowing for networks that span multiple regions and fault boundaries. It’s hard for CSPs to support protocols like multicast in a multi tenant environment, but a VPC provides the containment and NFV provides enablement. Finally control over addressing lets customers move applications without time consuming, costly and potentially hazardous changes to application configuration.

VPCs can increase the number of potential application topologies customers will move to the cloud and create new revenue streams. With a VPC offering, data center providers and CSPs can expand core cloud offering and make enhanced security and network control features available to their end customers without the cost of new hardware.

ryan-koopBy Ryan Koop,

Ryan Koop is the Director of Products and Marketing at CohesiveFT. Ryan’s role spans technical product development, customer support, business development and thought leadership. Prior to joining CohesiveFT, Ryan was part of a trading platform software company in the US Derivative Markets.

Cloud & 3D Printing – Next-Generation Manufacturing Set Up

Cloud & 3D Printing – Next-Generation Manufacturing Set Up

Cloud & 3D Printing – Next-Generation Manufacturing Set Up

Global engineering has started its journey towards cloud computing. This transformation is not just a fashion – the move from traditional business models to Internet has been gaining hold over the past decade. The 451 Research says, “Cloud market’s revenues will go above $20 billion by 2016. Cloud computing is making the manufacturing process smarter and leaner – and welcoming to Industrial Revolution. John Koten says, “Although there is little similarity between digital manufacturing environment and traditional way of making things, the industrial revolution is shattering the existing business models”.

How does 3D printing work?

How does 3D printing do that? Here is a simple example: just draw a design on your computer, add data, and drive the machine that spreads very thin sheets of metal or plastic powder on the layers one-by-one. A sinterer or a laser welder solidifies these layers; as soon as the process ends the product you sketched on the computer comes out into physical form. This is how 3-dimensional technology brings your visions to reality. Most users tend to use 3D printing objects in a way they use paper-based print objects. For 3D printing output, you just have to hit the button ‘Print’ on your Windows machine and operating system starts producing products. Emerging 3D printing trends are bringing transformations in almost all spheres of life such as:

Faster product innovation: Everything from home appliances to the latest car models is going to be produced more rapidly. Since the faster 3D technology has turned production ideas into production-ready designs, the manufacturers focus on the utility of products instead of worrying about cost and design – and results are faster and better products.

Improved life expectancy: Using 3D printing and cloud computing technology, medical industry has started producing custom-matched orthodontic devices, prosthetic limbs and better bone implant products. Experts are also trying to print soft tissues, arteries and veins to be implanted in operations – this is how 3D printing improves life expectancy.

3D printing is saving today for tomorrow: 3D printers combine printed electronics, nanoscale and new materials to produce products with distinctive features. The secret behind competitive advantages of 3D printing lies behind its power to control printing materials to atoms and molecules. It reduces manufacturing costs and materials for future use.

Factories are turning towards 3D printing: The more skills in integrating 3D printing into business applications manufacturers acquire, the more favor 3D printing gains. Factory owners are improving supply chains and production lines using hybrid production methods and hybrid manufacturing process also includes 3D printing machinery. However, if customers’ demand for 3D-printed products increases, manufacturers will continue investing in 3D printing. Besides speeding up the manufacturing process, 3D printing has the capacity to meet next-generation production needs within the means.


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By Walter Bailey

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – The Fog

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – The Fog


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How Did The Cloud Transform The World Of Change Management?

How did the Cloud Transform the World of Change Management?

Change management is extremely important for organizations embracing and deciding to go through with all kinds of technology initiatives. However, since much of the focus on cloud services over the last few years have been on Agile, or in general rapid deployments, many fail to realize this concept. Moving your business to a SaaS model (based in the cloud of course) not only has technology implications, but also various business implications. Business operations and processes can be encapsulated as services. Thus, they can be delivered expeditiously. This is even true for online products like software or other services.

In reacting to the evolution of cloud computing, change management professionals should look into technology, strategic and development changes. It should also focus on other related impacts. For instance, when you need a particular software, do you just install the first thing you see on the internet or do you check specifications, price, compatibility etc. In simple words, you determine how a specific change will impact your system. However, when organizations are excited to move to the cloud, they fail to consider some important aspects of change management.

Here are some ways in which the cloud has improved change management:

Enhanced Productivity – SaaS can easily enhance productivity by providing application or infrastructure platforms and other resources to bring changes in customer service. Employees are able to respond to customers quickly and efficiently.

Mobility Services – SaaS also brings mobility changes to an organization. A company is able to use mobility services at an affordable price. With SaaS implemented in your organization, you don’t have to worry about maintaining and integrating databases and servers. You can rather focus on managing services.

Process Driven Change Management – Business Process Management or BPM-based solutions can provide support for processes driven change management initiatives. In such a situation, business models can drive specific changes and ensure traceability by linking various business processes to specific changes in the analysis and requirements documentation. However, a business may have to refine structured approaches like Information Technology Infrastructure Library with IT Service Management to support dynamic ad rapid SaaS deployments.

There are many important considerations to evaluate change management :

● Organization – SaaS changes the existing roles and responsibilities of your employees.

● Business Operations – Since SaaS changes various business processes, it causes operational changes.

● Procurement – SaaS changes the way services are procured.

● Technology – SaaS solutions can easily offer scalable access. Moreover, they also enable advanced analytics and data collection.

● Development – SaaS ensures proper deployment and integration.

When an organization does not focus on a coherent approach for governance, it struggles with having silos of SaaS deployments. In case particular services have their own procedures and policies, it may lead to some serious problems regarding centralized management. Without proper alignment of enterprise security and architecture, it can quickly lead to a difficult situation. Therefore, SaaS solutions should always give proper attention to service management and interoperability.

With enterprise-level SaaS solutions, hybrid services can be easily leveraged. However, situation can also quickly spin out of your control. Thus, it is very important to have a sound strategy and vision to address important elements like service management, policy management, interactions between data and applications, performance, availability and control related to change management.

By Christopher Smith,

Christopher is an organizational development manager at WalkMe, and editor of the blog Change, which looks at the issues and ideas relating to change management, performance management, and organizational transition. Follow him on Twitter at @changemblog.

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Reuters News: Powerfull DDoS Knocks Out Several Large Scale Websites

Reuters News: Powerfull DDoS Knocks Out Several Large Scale Websites

DDoS Knocks Out Several Websites Cyber attacks targeting the internet infrastructure provider Dyn disrupted service on major sites such as Twitter and Spotify on Friday, mainly affecting users on the U.S. East Coast. It was not immediately clear who was responsible. Officials told Reuters that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau…

The DDoS That Came Through IoT: A New Era For Cyber Crime

The DDoS That Came Through IoT: A New Era For Cyber Crime

A New Era for Cyber Crime Last September, the website of a well-known security journalist was hit by a massive DDoS attack. The site’s host stated it was the largest attack of that type they had ever seen. Rather than originating at an identifiable location, the attack seemed to come from everywhere, and it seemed…

Your Biggest Data Security Threat Could Be….

Your Biggest Data Security Threat Could Be….

Paying Attention To Data Security Your biggest data security threat could be sitting next to you… Data security is a big concern for businesses. The repercussions of a data security breach ranges from embarrassment, to costly lawsuits and clean-up jobs – particularly when confidential client information is involved. But although more and more businesses are…

The Cancer Moonshot: Collaboration Is Key

The Cancer Moonshot: Collaboration Is Key

Cancer Moonshot In his final State of the Union address in January 2016, President Obama announced a new American “moonshot” effort: finding a cure for cancer. The term “moonshot” comes from one of America’s greatest achievements, the moon landing. If the scientific community can achieve that kind of feat, then surely it can rally around…

Do Not Rely On Passwords To Protect Your Online Information

Do Not Rely On Passwords To Protect Your Online Information

Password Challenges  Simple passwords are no longer safe to use online. John Barco, vice president of Global Product Marketing at ForgeRock, explains why it’s time the industry embraced more advanced identity-centric solutions that improve the customer experience while also providing stronger security. Since the beginning of logins, consumers have used a simple username and password to…

Three Tips To Simplify Governance, Risk and Compliance

Three Tips To Simplify Governance, Risk and Compliance

Governance, Risk and Compliance Businesses are under pressure to deliver against a backdrop of evolving regulations and security threats. In the face of such challenges they strive to perform better, be leaner, cut costs and be more efficient. Effective governance, risk and compliance (GRC) can help preserve the business’ corporate integrity and protect the brand,…

Digital Twin And The End Of The Dreaded Product Recall

Digital Twin And The End Of The Dreaded Product Recall

The Digital Twin  How smart factories and connected assets in the emerging Industrial IoT era along with the automation of machine learning and advancement of artificial intelligence can dramatically change the manufacturing process and put an end to the dreaded product recalls in the future. In recent news, Samsung Electronics Co. has initiated a global…

Lavabit, Edward Snowden and the Legal Battle For Privacy

Lavabit, Edward Snowden and the Legal Battle For Privacy

The Legal Battle For Privacy In early June 2013, Edward Snowden made headlines around the world when he leaked information about the National Security Agency (NSA) collecting the phone records of tens of millions of Americans. It was a dramatic story. Snowden flew to Hong Kong and then Russia to avoid deportation to the US,…

Four Keys For Telecoms Competing In A Digital World

Four Keys For Telecoms Competing In A Digital World

Competing in a Digital World Telecoms, otherwise largely known as Communications Service Providers (CSPs), have traditionally made the lion’s share of their revenue from providing pipes and infrastructure. Now CSPs face increased competition, not so much from each other, but with digital service providers (DSPs) like Netflix, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple, all of whom…

The Cloud Is Not Enough! Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions

The Cloud Is Not Enough! Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions

Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions Running a cloud server is no longer the novel trend it once was. Now, the cloud is a necessary data tier that allows employees to access vital company data and maintain productivity from anywhere in the world. But it isn’t a perfect system — security and performance issues can quickly…


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