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Disruptor Discussion: Gravitant CEO Mohammed Farooq on the Future of IT-as-a-Service

It’s no secret that shadow IT has been turbo-charged by public cloud providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and SoftLayer. However, shadow IT does not just blow up swim-lanes inside companies that keep their systems in-house; it’s rampant within the outsourcing customer ecosystem as well.

So, what happens when you have a mountain of low-friction, highly elastic computing supply mixed with a significant levels of ITO outsourcing spend up for renewal?…

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Sourcing Disruption: Analytics, Automation and Cloud

“The future is already here. It’s just not very evenly distributed.”

Science fiction writer and futurist William Gibson said that way back in 2003 — quite a prescient statement given that today, for the first time in history, the gap between productivity and employment is widening.

Why is this happening?

Pundits suggest it’s policy-related (either too much if you’re on one side of the aisle, or too little if you’re on the other).…

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Bridging the Savings Gap between Finance and Procurement

This post was authored by: Ian Cotter, Guest Contributor, and Shahid Batty, ISG

Regardless of company or industry, delivering cost savings is and will remain a primary objective of procurement departments. Companies now spend up to 70% of revenue with external vendors, as the trend toward outsourcing non-core spend categories of the business to third-party specialists continues.…

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Considerations for Moving Workloads to the Cloud

Top_5In reality, some applications are a great fit for the cloud and some are not. Moving workloads to the cloud requires some forethought, and charging ahead with little planning or analysis leads to reduced benefits. Here are the ISG Top 5 considerations to keep in mind:

1. Model the resource requirements of each application.…

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Compliance in the Cloud: More than Checking a Box

Security and Compliance have been big cloud computing showstoppers for a long time, particularly for the off-site, public variety of cloud. Those two issues have always been heavily intertwined, since most compliance requirements involve security of one type or another. Since you can’t just go do your own audit on a public cloud (as doing so would violate the security policies of the cloud provider’s other shared-infrastructure customers), early interest in public cloud from major firms quickly ran into a brick wall.…

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Control vs. Location: A Potential Turning Point for Enterprise Cloud

A United States judge has ruled that control, not location, dictates which laws must be adhered to for access to stored electronic data. If the result goes against Microsoft, it will likely be a short-term blow to the broader cloud industry. However, in the long run, it will accelerate the development of technologies to help keep data stored on massively scaled systems private, no matter the location.

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Payers, Pregnancy and Parenthood – a New World for Health Insurers

Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law more than four years ago, healthcare payers have recognized that their world would change.  Think of a couple expecting their first child: they know that their lives will be transformed, but it’s not until the baby arrives that they can actually understand the extent of change (and often chaos) that ensues.…

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Outsourcing vs. Shared Services: Factors to Consider

Top_5As organizations grow in size and complexity, they often consider outsourcing some functions, developing a shared service approach or applying a combination of the two. Both approaches offer value, and each has specific strengths and advantages. An effective decision requires an objective appraisal of each approach in the context of business needs and risk appetite.…

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Skillsoft Moves beyond Learning with the Acquisition of SumTotal

Last week, Skillsoft Limited (“Skillsoft”) a leading learning content development and delivery organization, announced its subsidiary, Skillsoft Corporation, had entered an agreement to acquire learning, talent and workforce management software company SumTotal Systems, LLC.  Skillsoft has had a long history of acquisitions in the learning space as a way to broaden content, accelerate market growth and expand reach. …

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Ways Developers Can Improve Your Cloud Infrastructure Decisions

Top_5Organizations seeking Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) often assign in-house infrastructure experts to assume responsibility for the selection process. Since the “I” in IaaS stands for “infrastructure,” that makes sense – to a point. But other stakeholders have important input to offer and should not be neglected. One such group is developers. The decision to move to cloud is essentially an application-oriented one.…

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