Are Utilities Moving to the Cloud? Don’t Wait for Regulators to Make the First Move

Are Utilities Moving to the Cloud? Don’t Wait for Regulators to Make the First Move

As part of our cloud advisory engagements, we work with clients to determine their strategic visions and goals for adopting cloud technologies. Cloud adoption in most industries is well underway but the landscape within energy and utilities is a bit different. This is primarily driven by two factors: Utilities’ unique IT organizations, matched with their technical and operational...

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5 Security Keys for Leaders Considering Cloud Software

Business leaders are adopting cloud software at an extraordinary pace.  Enterprise applications, file storage, email, and line of business applications are all moving out of corporate data centers as business managers take an active role in driving application selection, and often an inadvertent role in shaping information security policy. This is happening at a time when corporate data is...

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Boots on the Ground, Head in the Cloud

I’ve been talking to you for the last couple of weeks, mostly about the cloud. Let’s face it: it’s been a bunch of technical mumbo-jumbo about infrastructure-as-a-service, five-nines of availability, and unplanned downtime. The cloud can’t possibly be yet another IT field consisting of nothing but buzzwords and acronyms, can it?…

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Are you Down with the Cloud?

In a previous post I discussed how an excellent IT enterprise is available 99.999% of the time – also called “5 nines.” In that piece I wrote about how an organization can incorporate cloud technologies while trying to achieve this ideal level of service. While this is certainly an admirable goal, I would be misleading you if I was implying that the cloud is the absolute most...

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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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