Articles By: Doug Theis

Nobody Ever Got Fired for Buying Hyperscale… Until They Did

Posted on 11.19.2018 in Cloud Computing, IaaS, Infrastructure as a service, public cloud

One of the oldest and most well-known sayings in IT is “Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.” The meaning is simple. Many IT leaders choose to play it safe when selecting vendors or products. By buying well-recognized brands, they feel that they are making a safe decision that won’t get them fired. Sadly, the […]

What are the key decision points for selecting your cloud computing platform?

Posted on 11.13.2018 in Cloud Computing, IaaS, hybrid cloud, digital transformation

What are the key decision points for selecting your cloud computing platform? It’s a trick question. Few organizations can adopt a single cloud platform to solve all their computing needs.  Even small organizations who run pure software-as-a-service (SaaS) environments find themselves using multiple cloud platforms to deliver the applications they need to support their products […]

What Steps Have You Left Out of Your Disaster Recovery Strategy?

Posted on 10.05.2018 in Disaster Recovery, DRaaS

Disaster recovery is usually a subset of activities around a larger business continuity initiative in an organization.  For this article, we will describe disaster recovery, or DR, as the activities required to restore availability of the computing environment to the organization. IT teams inside organizations have been practicing DR for years, often by implementing do-it-yourself […]

IT simplification – What approaches are succeeding?

Posted on 06.29.2018 in Cloud Computing, Virtual Colocation, private cloud, public cloud

Many IT strategists today are promoting the simplification of IT as a path to better business outcomes. The consensus among them is that complexity can hurt business. Siegel + Gale’s Global Simplicity Index says the world’s top 200 companies lose about 10% of their profits every year due to excess complexity. The SAP whitepaper “Leading […]

Is multi-cloud strategy a sensible approach for your organization?

Posted on 05.22.2018 in Cloud Computing, On Premises Cloud, Multi-cloud

IT strategy is more complex than ever, thanks to all the software as a service (SaaS), cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and multiple platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings available today. In the past few years, cloud-first strategies proliferated resulting in hybrid IT environments in which some computing workloads were outsourced and others were not. Reasons for […]

How will FASB lease accounting standard changes impact technology infrastructure procurement?

Posted on 05.02.2018 in Cloud Computing, Infrastructure Availability, IaaS

Off-balance-sheet operating lease financing is used by many companies to manage spend on IT infrastructure.  Many companies use this vehicle, also known as an operating lease, to flatten IT infrastructure spend and minimize risk of asset ownership. But the leasing rules are changing.  The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and International Accounting Standards Board are […]

Should the Information Technology team be tasked with reducing the cost of IT?

Posted on 03.26.2018 in Data Centers, Data Security, managed services

On a recent episode of data center podcast The Hot Aisle, Mark Thiele of Apcera talked about the dangerous belief among some business leaders that IT is created to reduce the cost of IT.  Sounds ridiculous, but it happens in so many organizations that this belief deserves more attention. Certainly, a good IT department has a […]

How are you keeping IT aligned with the business?

Posted on 02.12.2018 in Infrastructure as a service, managed services

Information technology organizations have been pursuing business-IT alignment for as long as businesses have used computers.  Wikipedia defines business-IT alignment as: A dynamic state in which a business organization can use information technology to achieve business objectives – typically improved financial performance or marketplace competitiveness.  Some definitions focus more on outcomes, like the ability of […]

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