IDG Contributor Network: Cloud security: Trends and strategy

Cloud computing can generate mixed feelings. Corporate leaders generally welcome technologies that produce efficiency, agility and speed. Cloud services deliver those benefits, yet many are concerned about security, even while being often uninformed about how widely the cloud is used within their own businesses.

Executives of large companies, for instance, tell us that they are holding back on the cloud because of security concerns. But when our professional services teams engage with them, we generate log files and find evidence of large numbers of cloud services the company’s employees are using every day.

It is easy to understand the disconnect. Consider a simple example: a director of HR, tasked with filling several critical positions as quickly and confidentially as possible, turns to a low-cost SaaS recruiting tool. Job descriptions, resumes, cover letters, job offers and other documents are shared and possibly uploaded to a third-party server. Soon enough, candidates arrive for interviews. Mission accomplished, thanks to an efficient cloud-based business tool, with the C-suite never needing to know all the details.

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CIO Cloud Computing

8 Critical Elements Of A Successful Data Integration Strategy

Integrating data from multiple sources that employ different structures and schema has always posed complex, messy problems for IT professionals. Today’s growing volume of data and data types made things even more complicated. Here are some key tips to help your organization integrate its increasing amounts of data.
InformationWeek: Cloud

CIOs: Shadow IT is actually great for your cloud strategy

In a survey, cloud security broker vendor CipherCloud found that 86 percent of cloud applications used at workplaces are unsanctioned. That’s a pretty big percentage. Obviously, the security vendors have an incentive to raise such fears about shadow IT, so take this claim with much salt. However, the issue merits attention.

I don’t see shadow IT as that big of deal. Moreover, I believe that CIOs can embrace, rather than fight, the rise of shadow IT for their own benefit. How?

There are three benefits to the CIO from departments’ shadow cloud use.

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Network World Cloud Computing

CIOs: Shadow IT is actually great for your cloud strategy

In a survey, cloud security broker vendor CipherCloud found that 86 percent of cloud applications used at workplaces are unsanctioned. That’s a big percentage. Obviously, the security vendors have an incentive to raise such fears about shadow IT, so take this claim with much salt. However, the issue merits attention.

I don’t see shadow IT as that big of deal. Moreover, I believe that CIOs can embrace, rather than fight, the rise of shadow IT for their own benefit. How?

There are three benefits to the CIO from departments’ shadow cloud use.

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InfoWorld Cloud Computing

IDG Contributor Network: Cloud is now a core strategy — are you onboard?

What are clouds?

That’s a question a child might ask, but for CIOs today, the answer centers on a completely different meaning. Top tech chiefs and company executives are trying to figure out how to use cloud technology and to what degree it should be part of their company strategy.

Without a doubt, statistics show the cloud can no longer be ignored:

  • According to a Gartner study cited by Information Age, public cloud spending increased 32 percent in 2015 and is expected to reach $ 16.5 billion this year
  • A Forbes survey found 93 percent of organizations run cloud applications, and 82 percent of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy
  • A Verizon survey found that cloud strategies enabled 69 percent of respondents to reengineer their business processes

Security, however, remains a top concern. To find out more about the use of cloud, I connected with Bryce Austin, CIO and CISO at Digineer and a cybersecurity expert. We talked about cloud strategies, misinformation about security issues, and why public and private clouds are part of a sound strategy. 

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CIO Cloud Computing

IDG Contributor Network: How Microsoft is changing its strategy with Dynamics

Go back a handful of years and Microsoft was seen as a big, bad, monolithic vendor that was very much resting on its laurels. The change of CEO marked a turning point for Microsoft, however, and under Satya Nadella the company has shown itself to be innovative, nimble, and a pragmatic operator. This is perhaps best seen in Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform, which most commentators see as the most credible public cloud after Amazon Web Services (although, it has to be said, Azure is a distant second to the AWS powerhouse). The company has also done great work with its office productivity applications – Office 365 is now seen as a truly credible cloud office productivity and collaboration offering.

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Network World Cloud Computing