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    When to outsource bespoke software development

    By Albert VanderplankeOutsource bespoke software development

    In my articles to date I have been examining the issues around legacy modernisation and in this article I examine how a project to modernise business systems might be resourced. As the issues are the same for any bespoke software development project I will use that more generic term as I discuss the pros and cons of outsourcing.

    What business are you in?
    One of the first issues that arises is what business are you in? For a manufacturer, a retailer, a district council their business is not primarily IT. Saying that, management policy may dictate that all corporate services are managed and executed by in-house resources. 

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    The rise and rise of IaaS

    By Ian Hight

    Today you can buy almost anything from the cloud. Applications, back-up and DR and, now, the organisation's entire IT infrastructure.

    This environment can be hosted, managed and serviced somewhere other than on its own premises.

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    It’s all fun and games until someone loses a deal

    By Simon Murphy

    It is shaping up to be another cracker year for the storage industry so grab your popcorn and settle in for the show.

    Public cloud continues to gobble up data like a fat kid at a buffet. The perennial contenders can only strap on the gloves and duke it out for supremacy of what remains of the on-premises storage market. There have been some casualties and there are certainly more to come (more on that in a later post).

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    Assessing the need for storage virtualisation

    By Ian Hight

    Introducing the concept of virtualisation for storage systems and set out the key components of the storage virtualisation plan. 

    I will also drill down into the assessment that provides the foundation for executing a storage virtualisation project.

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    Q: What is the key defining factor in a data centre? A: Resiliency

    By Ian Hight

    Here I examine the differences between a professional data centre and a computer room.

    I will show that resiliency, in both infrastructure and in skills and resources, is the defining factor.

    What is resiliency and why is it important?

    According to searchcio.techtarget.com, data centre resiliency is defined as “the ability of a server, network, storage system or an entire data centre to continue operating even when there has been an equipment failure, power outage or other disruption.”

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    Best practices for a Business Intelligence (BI) project

    By Ian Hight

    In this article I take a deep dive into how to develop a best practices approach to BI based on seven project phases.

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    Bimodal IT: threat or opportunity?

    Since Gartner created the term ‘Bimodal IT’ in 2014 there has been considerable debate as to the pros and cons of this organisational model for IT. The analyst organisation sums up bimodal IT as an IT organisational model with two types of services/two modes:

    Mode 1:    Traditional IT focused on efficiency, robustness, safety and accuracy. It's a deliberate, consensus-driven and slower moving process and often involves technology core to the business. Also known as ‘systems of record’.

    Mode 2:    Modern IT focused on experiment, agile, agility and speed to market around technologies that are often business applications, but they can be core technologies as well. Also known as ‘systems of engagement’.

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    Why IT is key in the new marketing wave

    In my last article, I joined the growing debate about the increasing need for closer cooperation between IT and marketing to enable business transformation. I summed up:

    ‘Inevitably, marketing is poised to exert even more influence over technology spending. But doing so without the solid foundation of a strong cross-functional collaboration with IT makes will not work. Marketing and IT have no choice but to get on the same page of the hymn book and drive business value by working together as strategic partners.’

    In this article I focus on a hugely important area, data management (encompassing big data and analytics), where IT can help with the rapid changes that marketing is undergoing as it shifts the organisation to become more customer-centric.

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    Beyond email archiving

    In this article I look at how archiving is moving from a tactical play around email to underpinning a more strategic content archiving environment. 

    As the corporate information landscape changes and grows organisations are looking for new, enhanced solutions to manage that new content.

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