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The CIO P (Chief Information Security Protection) Factor It's easy to invent additional C-suite job title designations. We might conjure up Chief Data Analytics-Insight Officer (CDAIO - pronounced "see-day-oh") for example. Equally, we can see that the role of the CIO quickly gained additional layers some time ago - and we now see the CSO (Chief Security Officer) quite commonly being ranked as the CIO's right hand man or woman. IT facilitator & IT protector With this expansion of the CIO role itself in mind (some companies won't be able to afford a dedicated CSO or will fail to formally create the role for other reasons), we should perhaps offer greater empathy, deference and respect to the new CIO who has to serve as both IT facilitator and IT protector. Why is this? Because, quite simply, security today is definitely a business issue - and managing risk is growing... (more)

Cloud Federation and the Intercloud

5th International Cloud Expo New York Last week's post explored federation in the cloud, allowing enterprises to move workloads seamlessly across internal and external clouds according to business and application requirements. Advances in federation are good news for companies considering a move to the cloud since deployments no longer need to be custom projects and applications no longer have to be tightly coupled to a particular cloud. To follow up, there's been lots of discussion recently about the concept of the "Intercloud," a direction for cloud computing that is closely rel... (more)

Integration Concerns No Barrier to Enterprise Cloud Adoption

Study from Mimecast Finds that Security and Integration Concerns are not Preventing Enterprises' Cloud Computing Adoption London - February 4, 2010 - Mimecast®, a holistic email management company offering SaaS-based email archiving, continuity, security and policy control, today announced the results of its Cloud Computing Adoption Survey, which examined the perception and adoption of cloud computing solutions among 565 respondents responsible for managing their organization's IT operations and budget across the U.S. and Canada in the Fall of 2009. Data from the recently complet... (more)

Is Facebook at the Peak of Its Hype?

The record of Facebook so far is impressive … in fact it is unprecedented. Facebook with $40 billion valuation & 500 million users – Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, the youngest billionaire & Time “person of the year” … the list goes on. So, where does Facebook go from here? Are we looking at the tip of the iceberg or are we standing at the top of Mt Everest? Here is a 2007 May Fast Company article – Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg: Hacker. Dropout. CEO. It makes interesting reading. The article goes on to says “…TechCrunch posted documents said to be a part of an internal valuation of Faceb... (more)

Best CIO Practices Shared from SHI’s Customers

Richard Taggart, CTO of SHI, will share in his upcoming breakout session at 12th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo New York a collection of best Information Technology Practices and Innovation Programs that have been proven to work in real life situations. These practices are some of the best ideas taken from SHI’s database of customer submissions. These programs include those designed to solve business to technology alignment issues, technology effectiveness, and new ways to stimulate true innovation in IT. Taggart is the former SVP and Corporate CIO of the Walt Disney Company. Speaker B... (more)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in e... (more)