Within any organization, communication between the core business operations
and the IT group has traditionally been a challenging and adversarial
relationship. Most miscommunications between the two groups result from
misunderstandings related to software and other issues. Now the gap between
the business IT layers is beginning to close.
“My programmer doesn’t understand me! This software doesn’t
do what I need it to!” The deep sighs from the business side of an
organization are a familiar sound. Standardized applications are not a
perfect fit for the desired business processes, and customized applications
are costly and quickly outdistanced by real environmental conditions.
Management and departmental criticism of a company’s application
software is stirred up regularly due to the high cost of rolling it out as
well as a lack of flexib... (more)
Cloud computing remains the most discussed subject in IT. Many analysts
believe that it will fundamentally change how IT services are used, pointing
to lower costs and accelerated time-to-market for software-based projects.
But cloud computing means more for a company than just technology. It holds
the potential for establishing a new approach for innovations in business
operations. The cloud forms the technological foundation for new types of
collaboration that finally sweep aside the barriers separating business from
IT. More people, more expertise and more business information ... (more)
Cloud computing is the hottest topic in IT. Gartner ranks cloud in the #1
spot of its list of top 10 strategic technology topics. It is the overriding
theme at most industry conferences this year. Projections of cloud revenue
growth rates in the high double digits further underscore the relevance of
Yet today’s discussions of cloud computing only hint at its full potential.
Like the early days of e-business and the introduction of SOA, cloud is in
its infancy, with its promise still to be fully realized. Advocates of cloud
are limiting their focus to tactical cost ben... (more)