Articles By: Doug Theis

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 […]

Why does cloud infrastructure seem complex to the business?

Posted on 02.01.2018 in Cloud Computing, Infrastructure Availability, IaaS, On Premise Cloud

When we meet with companies to discuss the value of migrating from traditional on-premises IT to cloud infrastructure, business stakeholders and financial teams are often skeptical.  Historically, these stakeholders have viewed the IT budgets and project plans in terms of previous budgets and transactions. When companies previously bought hardware, software and implementation services, the shopping […]

Moving to cloud – what sort of resistance can you expect from your organization?

Posted on 12.22.2017 in Cloud Computing, business outcomes, private cloud, public cloud, hybrid cloud, On Premise Cloud

When an organization changes how it attacks a business problem, it’s quite common for these changes to be met with resistance.  Information Technology is no exception.  Switching from traditional servers, storage, and other on premises IT equipment to cloud versions of these services often triggers resistance from leadership, finance, IT, and end users. Here’s a […]

Why Are So Many Companies Adopting a Multicloud Strategy?

Posted on 11.27.2017 in Cloud Computing, SaaS, private cloud, public cloud, hybrid cloud

Multicloud is a frequently cited topic in IT trade publications these days. Multicloud is defined in a few different ways depending upon the source, but for this article, we will define multicloud as the practice of using services from multiple, heterogenous cloud services, including public, private cloud, and software as a service (SaaS). To understand multicloud, […]

Apples to apples: How are you comparing cloud to on-premises IT?

Posted on 10.25.2017 in Cloud Computing, Data Centers, private cloud, public cloud, hybrid cloud, On Premise Cloud, On Premises Cloud, Expedient

Every year, more organizations are considering cloud computing as an alternative to traditional on-premises server, storage and network equipment. Change events that drive cloud consideration can include normal IT hardware refresh cycles, changes in company or IT leadership, new lines of business and new applications. How do these organizations compare cloud versus in-house both functionally […]

Are You Honest with Your Organization (and Yourself) About Technical Debt?

Posted on 08.21.2017 in Cloud Computing

Are you honest with your organization (and yourself) about technical debt? Let’s start with a definition. Much of the historical discussion about technical debt is in software development, even though technical debt can exist across the entire technology environment.  Technical debt is often described as inefficiency that compounds over time, like inefficiency related to maintainability, […]

Should you use an all-SaaS approach for your IT environment?

Posted on 07.10.2017 in Cloud Computing, SaaS, IaaS, Infrastructure as a service

One of the most frequent questions I hear revolves around the rise of Software as a Service (SaaS) applications.  IT professionals are asking “Why shouldn’t I use all SaaS applications if I can eliminate the need for a data center, the hardware and all the tactical IT effort that goes along with it?” The answer […]

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