Distributed Generation – Can we keep up with demand?

With the growing concerns of carbon emissions, rising cost of energy, and the decreasing costs of renewable energy, we are starting to see more and more distributed generation installtions emerge across the country.  Under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, one of the three primary focuses is “Deploying Clean Energy” – particularly “Promoting American Leadership in Renewable Energy.”...

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Network Virtualization and Microsoft Azure

A colleague of mine, Kyle Tobin, and I attended TechEd 2013 down in New Orleans earlier this month. We are writing a series of blogs about what most impressed us about Microsoft’s message around their newly released or updated software TechEd 2013 brought with it a number of new feature releases for many of the traditional Microsoft products, but what Microsoft delivered (in my mind...

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IT Bridges To Nowhere

In 2005, Congress approved funding for a bridge to Gravina Island (later known as “nowhere”), Alaska. At that time, the island had a population of 50 people and was served by a regular ferry service. There is little doubt that this bridge could have been successfully completed. Similar bridges had been constructed before, and there was never any concern about the difficulty of engineering the...

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Insurance: Trends in Differentiation and Potential Impacts

With insurance carriers, TPA’s and benefits advisory firms racing to differentiate themselves from the fierce competition for business and talent, there are many trends that shaping up in the industry. Being digital by default: Many firms are offering their employees, customers, clients web and mobile applications to provide both transactional and analytical information to assess risk...

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Control is an illusion: Why a data center in the cloud is better than yours

I often talk with IT leaders about using public cloud technologies such as infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, or hosted multi-tenant applications.  Generally, I hear one of two different reactions: If my business users’ requirements can be supported by public cloud based technologies, I am happy to get out of the data center business (i.e., if I can push those headaches...

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Striving for Cloud Nines

The mark of IT excellence for an enterprise has historically been the delivery of services at a “five-nine” level of availability, or 99.999%. At a high level, this equates to delivering services with only 5 minutes of downtime in a given year. Those who do not operate their IT services at five-nine availability are typically aspiring toward that level of service.…

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Driving Value to the Business with the Cloud

The cloud. I’m going to be up front with you: I have a fairly strong dislike for the term. Everywhere you go its seems “To the cloud!” is shouted at you.  From television to airport billboards, advertisements are strategically placed to pique your interest on what the private cloud can do for you.…

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Unintended Consequences of BYOD

You can’t pick up a trade magazine without reading about the pitfalls and advice regarding Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. While most organizations have not yet embraced BYOD for laptops, many have done so for mobile phones and tablets. In my experience, most organizations have focused their efforts during BYOD deployments on device security, regulatory requirements, and end...

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Private Cloud CFO Lever Hybrid-Cloud

Depending on the professional circles in which you travel, cloud computing could mean different things to different people.  Generally though, most people can (knowingly or not) agree on the NIST definitions of there being essentially three distinct variants (I’ve excluded their Community Cloud definition): Private cloud. The cloud infrastructure is provisioned for exclusive use by a...

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IT Financial Management Conference

The World of IT Financial Management Conferences, Workshops and Seminars How to Achieve IT Cost Transparency and Business Alignment Scott Fuzer, ITSM and ITAM Practice Leader, West Monroe Partners Understanding how IT enables and affects the business is more important today than at any point in history. However, few IT organizations understand how the infrastructure and applications they...

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