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Why Local IT Pros Hate the Cloud

IT Guy: Cloud is the Devil How Cloud Actually Saves Jobs Cloud with Great Support IT Guy: Cloud is the Devil Ali Mirdamadi, a consultant with San Diego-based Abacus Data Systems, says that he frequently meets locally based IT professionals who argue against cloud, viewing it as a second-rate threat to their one-on-one, in-person expertise. Mirdamadi suggests that while he thinks the concern of local IT is valid, it’s better to recognize how their role might be adapting than to battle against the inevitable. After all, cloud is helping many technologists stay in business, as described by Marc Le Guen of Digital Days – discussed below. Why does local IT get nervous in response to the cloud, though? The reason, according to Mirdamadi, is that private clouds, public virtual machines, and platform-as-a-service “have become more popular and more affordable which allows Law Firms and businesses to outsource their entire IT needs to experts specialized in data management, security and virtualization.” Those who use cloud say it makes sense because of the following benefits: Whereas in-house servers are a capital expense that requires equipment ownership, cloud is an operating expense that can be slotted in as a consistent cost per month. Both [...]

Donate Your Own Device: Both IT & Employees Agree that BYOD is DUMB (Continued)

Note: To read Part 1 of this article, please click HERE. No BYOD at Local Government (continued) Private Sector, Revisited Connected Home & Office – The Final Frontier? Bring Your Own Caution with Cloud VMs Wilkinson says that his hesitation with BYOD in a government setting is not that high-quality security systems do not exist; rather, the issue is that they are cost-prohibitive. “But there has to be a middle ground,” he explains, “and at the moment that’s two devices in your pocket.” What about partitioning information, so that only professional content would have to be deleted if the device were lost? Shropshire Council explored the possibility of distinctly separating personal files, but the solutions they surveyed were unconvincing. Although Wilkinson isn’t comfortable with letting every employee integrate whatever personal device they choose with the county’s network, he does believe it’s critical to consistently assess the user-friendliness of phones and tablets provided to employees. Shropshire is a Microsoft-based organization, so it uses Surface tablets and Lumia phones, both based on the Windows OS. Wilkinson says that he is seeing employees resetting their passwords and accessing the government systems from home, suggesting that the company is becoming less firmly rooted in [...]

Donate Your Own Device: Both IT and Employees Agree that BYOD is DUMB

IT dislikes it because it’s a security nightmare. Employees dislike it because now yet another organization has its fingers in the pie of its personal electronics. Why is BYOD hailed as such a great idea? BYOD? IT Says Slow Down No BYOD at For-Profit Company No BYOD atLocal Government The Value of Controls & Standards BYOD? IT Says Slow Down Seven out of ten IT decision-makers (70%) want to wait for third-platform technology to mature and to prove its data-protection capabilities rather than immediately incorporating BYOD into the office, says an analysis by UK tech publication Computing . More people have been converted to the cause, though, since eight out of ten (80%) were anti-BYOD in the magazine’s 2012 poll. One in two (50%) think that in 2018, they will still be against an open-access network policy that incorporates whatever smartphone or laptop the employee is using when they walk in the door. Why do just three in ten currently say it’s OK to allow ultimate freedom to the individual user now (and really, who cares about any optimism toward three years from now)? Data protection is fundamental to this debate. Mobility and the immediate concern of on-the-go security have [...]

How to Prevent Shadow IT by Fostering Three Values

If you want to prevent employees from casting IT shadows at your organization, focus on enablement, transparency, and partnership. Everyday Cloud Use & the Clinton Scandal A Struggle for Control Value #1 – Enablement Value #2 – Transparency Value #3 – Partnership Providers Who Share Your Vision Everyday Cloud Use & the Clinton Scandal Here is what is great about the cloud: employees have immediate access to a broad range of productivity software and essentially limitless resources delivered through multiply redundant virtual machines, without having to clear everything with IT. Here is what is not so great: employee have immediate access without having to clear everything with IT. The recent case of Hillary Clinton operating her own private email server out of her house for official State Department correspondence has brought the concept of shadow IT into the light. While cloud-delivered software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps such as Dropbox seem to be (by far) the most prevalent form of shadow IT, Clinton’s system similarly existed outside the infrastructure of her institution. As we pointed out in our exploration of the Clinton case, Shadow IT is incredibly prevalent. It’s so prevalent, in fact, that Gartner Research analyst Simon Mingay argues we should “engage [...]

The Shadow of Hillary Clinton: Large and Small Cases of Shadow IT

Hillary Rodham Clinton is being scrutinized for her use of a private email server, which represents shadow IT on a grand scale. Shadow IT, though, is a challenge for every business. In case you have been under a rock for the past week, a rock underside lacking political news, Hillary Clinton did not use an official United States government email address when she was the Secretary of State. She forewent a address in favor of buying the domain, which she ran through a physical server at her New York home, reachable (assumedly) via Slow, Steady Growth of the Shadow If we can step aside from the politically loaded event to view it as a technical lesson,  said Larry Dignan of ZDNet, the Clinton scandal is a perfect example of the problem presented by shadow IT. It occurred to many of us when we read about Clinton that no low-level bureaucrat in the government would get away with saying they wanted to do email themselves: “It’s cool guys, you can reach me at” That probably would not fly at the DMV. That brings up an important point: shadow IT often arises when the IT people are hesitant [...]

Report: Cloud Overrun with Zombies

More than one in every two cloud servers is a zombie, and business must enter the land of the walking dead if they want to outpace their competition. “New stuff tends to go to the public cloud … and new stuff is simply growing faster” than is the data run through physical servers, according to Gartner Research. It’s becoming more clear all the time that public cloud is becoming the accepted model for computing. The benefits of the technology are incredible. First and foremost, it’s nice when Conrad Hilton is running through the cabin of your international flight – F-bombing, reeking of pot, and yelling that he’s going to murder you for not being classy like him – to escape by gazing out the window at your high-altitude cloud computer. People also like cloud because they can cut their costs, Bernard Golden of Actuate argues, with an agile solution that can be quickly deployed and adjusted on the fly. It’s so easy to get a cloud virtual machine online that many machines sit idle. These zombie machines are certainly wasteful, but they seem to be a natural part of this transition to computing’s third platform. Public Cloud Rises to Eclipse [...]