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This month, the Lufthansa/IBM infrastructure outsourcing agreement, valued at $1.25B was particularly significant. These “big bang” outsourcing agreements have pared back the past few years because of difficulties associated with long-term contracts, such as vendor lock-in and expense, especially when project objectives are not met and client/vendor ...
Section: Content | Category: Sourcing & Staffing | Date: Wednesday, 03 December 2014 | Hits: 238
Conclusion: Cloud architectures offer a vast array of possibilities that are not an option for organisations limited to conventional IT solutions. Do not let infrastructure people convince the organisation they can match Cloud capabilities solely using legacy in-house resources Observations: Many organisations with long-term investments in ICT systems ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Tuesday, 01 March 2016 | Hits: 258
... cost reduction initiatives. IT organisations should revive the enterprise architecture practice by delivering IT-as-a-Service with an outward focus targeting business, information, applications, and infrastructure domains. This will increase IT organisations’ credibility to become key players in business transformation projects. Observations: Enterprise ...
Section: Content | Category: As a Service | Date: Monday, 01 February 2016 | Hits: 228
Conclusion: Paying for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) which is kept on-premises, but paid for on an Opex model rather than as a Capex outlay, is often positioned as ‘Cloud-like’. There can be use cases and specific workloads where this model makes sense and does give some advantages to the organisation. However, on-premises management of an organisation’s ...
Section: Content | Category: Vendors | Date: Saturday, 06 May 2017 | Hits: 47
... planning new Cloud initiatives for late 2017 or early 2018 may consider Google a viable option for enterprise Cloud infrastructure, though it will take another 12 months for Google’s local partner network to mature. Observations: Dr Joe Sweeney, advisor with IBRS, attended Google Next 2017, held in San Francisco in March 2017. During this conference, ...
Section: Content | Category: Vendors | Date: Tuesday, 04 April 2017 | Hits: 96
Conclusion: Application developers and IT Managers have become enthusiastic adopters of Cloud due to the apparent large cost savings and short development time compared to using internal infrastructure when prototyping projects. However, they are often unaware of the cost impact of their choice of Cloud resources on the operational delivery of their ...
Section: Content | Category: Operations & Service Delivery | Date: Friday, 01 July 2016 | Hits: 501
Conclusion: HP’s split into two companies is more important as a sign of the dramatic changes in the IT infrastructure market than the impact it will have on HP customers. When combined with IBM’s exit from the PC and x86 markets and Dell going private, poor financial results from leaders such as IBM and SAP, it is clear we are in the midst of a major ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Friday, 31 October 2014 | Hits: 266
Conclusion: Due to recent advances in IT infrastructure, the capital cost of VDI is now comparable to that of a Full Desktop, making it suitable for a wider range of use cases. However, there remain significant project risks due to the large upfront infrastructure costs and the very high technical risks associated with building the VDI infrastructure. ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Monday, 24 February 2014 | Hits: 670
... when business-oriented decisions are made which could have flow-on or unpredictable effects on IT infrastructure and strategies.Deal Table Date Supplier Summary 12/02/2014 Presence of IT Affinity Education has engaged Presence of IT to establish a Cloud-based payroll solution. 13/02/2014 Fujitsu The ...
Section: Content | Category: Sourcing & Staffing | Date: Thursday, 20 February 2014 | Hits: 533
Conclusion: It has become common for IT staff to refer to their on-premises virtualised infrastructure as a Cloud. The unchallenged assumption is that their on-premises environment is as good as a Public Cloud (aka IaaS) and provides the same benefits. IT Executives and Enterprise Architects need to un-collapse these two concepts and recognise that ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Saturday, 28 December 2013 | Hits: 683