Cybersecurity, Mobility, and the Expanding Perimeter

As businesses lose control of devices and rapidly adopt cloud consumption models, identity and data have become the new perimeter for IT operations and information security teams to secure and protect. My colleague Jon Oltsik and I sit down together to highlight how mobility, identity, and security are creating technology challenges, organizational barriers, and business risks as the security perimeter expands at a faster pace than business can keep up with. The discussion sparks attention towards the IT vendors that are attempting to enhance security postures from within a silo as opposed to the new purview business are dealing with today. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Digital Transformation: Innovation With A Body Count
Apr27

Digital Transformation: Innovation With A Body Count

For the majority of the IT industry’s history the focus has been on efficiency, how to do more with less. More recently, and now lumped under the catchphrase of ‘Digital Transformation (DT/DX)’, the focus has shifted to effectiveness: it’s no longer a case of just doing things right; the emphasis is changing to doing the right things. Increasingly, DT is an extinction-level event — it’s ‘go digital or die’ — and a new survey from Dell EMC reinforces this dire forecast (or incredible opportunity). The business phenomenon Digital Transformation (AKA digitization or Industry 4.0) and its related technologies — cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), big data and analytics (BDA), mobility, social media and security — changes everything… and nothing. New tools and new applications drive new ways of doing things, but ultimately, it’s still about selling more goods and services with acceptable margins. According to the ESG 2017 IT Transformation Maturity Curve study conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group and commissioned by Dell EMC, only 5% of large companies are prepared to meet the IT requirements of the Digital Business era. As do so many similar studies, Dell EMC found that 95% of survey respondents are falling behind their best-of-breed competitors who are accelerating their digital business goals through IT transformation, while 71% agree that they will not be competitive without IT transformation. Given that 96% of the more mature organizations exceeded revenue targets last year and are more than 2X as likely to meet revenue goals, I have to wonder why only 71% seem worried. As Dell EMC President David Goulden noted in the press release, “… the research shows that most respondents are falling behind a small and elite set of competitors who have cracked the IT Transformation code, and they’re competing more vigorously because of it.” Trey Layton, VP and CTO with Dell EMC’s CPSD, told IT Trends & Analysis the study reinforces the company’s belief that this “is more than a business agenda, it is a digital transformation at the foundation.” A major concern is that enterprises’ foundations typically consist of separate silos, and many employees and executives feel trapped. “If you look at the IT organizations we deal with around the world, they’re in various stages of their journey to transformation… but the power centers are siloed… in compute, storage and network silos…” The biggest concern they’re finding when they talk to customers “is that the future space doesn’t have a place for them from a skill-set perspective,” he said. “CIOs are trying to break down those barriers.” Global Knowledge’s 10th annual IT Skills and Salary Survey, released earlier this month, reported that more...

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2016 Mobility Trends that Change Employee Behavior

It is fascinating to research and analyze how mobility strategies are changing employee behavior inside the corporate world. Senior business leaders recognize the value and strength in mobility while employees request improved access and enhanced collaboration & communication which all ultimately lead to improved productivity. While the mobility world is rapidly changing and new technology, solutions and business outcomes are being discovered daily, ESG plans to keep a close eye on how businesses morph between traditional desktop and application management to an enhanced digital workspace. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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ESG’s In-Depth Mobility Perspective into a Workspace

IT vendors are fanning the fire when it comes to transforming the way desktops, applications and data are delivered and secured. The construct ESG has been speaking about for some time and continues to use is – workspaces. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE

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Mainframe: IBM’s Golden Oldie Still Got The Midas Touch
Nov11

Mainframe: IBM’s Golden Oldie Still Got The Midas Touch

Like the Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain misquote (mythquote?), reports of the death of the mainframe have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, the mainframe is doing very well, according to the recent BMC 2015 Annual Mainframe Report and a host of other sources, and its prospects have never looked brighter. “Last year the mainframe celebrated 50 years… there are few things in the IT world that have that kind of longevity,” said John McKenny, VP of Marketing and Customer Support of ZSolutions Optimization, BMC Software. A part of the company’s product management process, the 10th annual study was intended to provide a broader understanding of what’s happening in the overall market , as well as to help customers looking for more justifications for their existing and/or future mainframes With the sale of its x86 server business to Lenovo last year, IBM moved into the ‘other’ category in terms of server shipments, but when it comes to revenues, Big Blue held down a respectable third place (13.7%), behind HP and Dell, and $1.8-billion in Q2 (Gartner). IBM’s mainframe sales were up 15% in Q2, following a 30% increase in Q1, primarily driven by the release of new box. “People say the mainframe is dead,” said Vernon Turner, an analyst at IDC, “but we say, hmmm, that’s a $4.5 billion tombstone.” Claire Bailey, Director of Federal, State and Local Solutions, Compuware: “The mainframe is a technically matchless platform. Its performance, scalability, reliability and security are far beyond that of any distributed or cloud infrastructure. In fact, despite the incalculable investments made in these commodity platforms, they have never come close to delivering what the mainframe does. That’s why the most critical workloads in both the public and private sectors continue to run almost exclusively on mainframes.” Chad Rikansrud, aka Bigendian Smalls, infosec and security nerd: “If it’s important, it’s running on a mainframe.” Most Fortune 100s – 90% according to IBM – are mainframe users. In addition: -71% of all Fortune 500 companies have their core business on the mainframe; -23 of the world’s top 25 retailers use a mainframe; -92% of the top 100 banks use a mainframe; -10 out of 10 of the top insurers use a mainframe; -more than 225 state and local governments worldwide rely on a mainframe; and, -9 of the top 10 global life and health insurance providers process their high-volume transactions on mainframe. In many respects, the BMC study’s key findings were similar to previous results, said McKenny. It’s not a huge surprise that the primary growth drivers are security and availability. What was a surprise was the growing interest in the platform. “The amount of...

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