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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Co-sourcing: What is it? Is it real? Is it worth doing?

George S Day wrote a Harvard Business Review article about measuring risk of innovation called “Is it real? Can we win? Is it worth doing?” It’s a great article about how companies can measure risk before moving into a new product or venture. I think this type of activity applies really well to most technology projects, including co-sourcing.…

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Smart Utility Telecommunications and Network Managed Services

With today’s evolving utilities, the demands of Smart Grid, Smart Utility Services and communications have caused the sheer number of devices in the utility network to increase exponentially. Each of these devices needs to have telecommunications connectivity to allow for real time monitoring, control and collection of diagnostic data. These complex devices also utilize a variety of...

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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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West Monroe and Ubistor to partner to offer Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

West Monroe Partners this week, in conjunction with Ubistor announced that we will leverage our partnership to offer a complete disaster recovery solution as a service (DRaaS). The service will provide cloud infrastructure resources for recovery services to maintain and improve upon disaster recovery systems and processes.  Together we will utilize UbiStor’s infrastructure hosting...

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West Monroe Partners Adds Enhanced Offerings to Managed Services Practices

Recently our Managed Services practice announced that we have extended our capabilities to provide support for Microsoft SharePoint, disaster recovery programs, and software asset management. The fully-integrated suite of offerings complement West Monroe’s established FITservices solutions, which include service desk, infrastructure management, and advisory services, as well as full IT...

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