Stanton Jones

Does the Cloud Even Exist?

As an IT leader, how often have you heard “move it to the cloud” in response to mounting pressures to reduce operational costs and increase delivery speed?

Having grown up in an operational IT role, I’m willing to bet you’ve heard that said hundreds of times by now. Here’s my recommendation: The next time you’re asked this question, respond with something cheeky like, “Which one?” After a few moments of uncomfortable silence, break the tension with a more constructive discussion on the merits of using “a cloud” in lieu of “the cloud.”

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Request for Solution: What Some Enterprises Really Want from Outsourcing Providers

What do enterprises want from outsourcing providers? They want their problems solved. They want operations to run more smoothly. They want to save money. But the enterprises themselves don’t always know the most innovative ways to make these happen. Enter Request for Solution—a less prescriptive way of engaging with service providers that capitalizes on market disruption and harnesses the industry’s best thinking.…

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The ISG Cloud Comparison Index™: Consumption is King

This week ISG released the first edition of the ISG Cloud Comparison Index™, the industry’s first ongoing analysis of the cost of internal IT infrastructure versus public cloud infrastructure. We continue to see very strong demand from our clients to incorporate Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) into their ITO delivery models, so we hope this report, as well as future research in this area, will help clients navigate their cloud sourcing journey.…

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Adopting Robotic Process Automation Requires Initiative from Workforce and Leadership Alike

This post was co-authored by Ankit Jamwal.

Top_5Robots, long a part of the popular imagination (think R2D2) and familiar on the manufacturng floor, are now moving into the back office and transforming the way high-volume, repeatable work gets done. Through a process called Robotic Process Automation (RPA), software bots are being harnessed to mimick user actions in certain rules-based processes, eliminating the need for human intervention.…

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Increasing Reliability in the Oilfield

In an asset-intensive industry like the oil & gas sector, enterprises increasingly rely on smart technologies that can leverage connected and intelligent assets to predict maintenance, protect their investments and secure their supply. Enterprise Asset Management helps enterprises reduce costs and increase reliability. Read more about this innovative methodology in Enterprise Asset Management for Oil & Gas Companies

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How automation—in the right instances—can improve workplace productivity

Recent reports claim that companies are using robotics software to automate certain repeatable and rules-based back-office functions at a 25- to 50-percent labor cost savings. Automation software, also called Robotic Process Automation (RPA), is easy to deploy, it’s tireless and reusable, and enables 24/7/365 execution of tasks without error. And the statistic that is catching many people’s eye?…

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Big Engineering Ideas for the Oil & Gas Industry

Upstream exploration and production firms in the oil and gas industry have always dealt with the challenges of fluctuating demand and difficult-to-recover supply.  However, they are finding the latest wave of IT-enabled tools and technologies can have a significant impact on productivity and safety. The intersection of IT and engineering is taking place throughout the discovery and completion ecosystem and gives enterprises the capability to garner real-time intelligence and improve decision-making onsite and in remote operations centers.…

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IT’s #1 Communication and Management Tool: The Service Catalog

Top_5Say you want to build a car to your exact specifications. You don’t want to read the hieroglyphics of technical sketches, stress test results or lists of spare parts in Excel spreadsheets. You want to know the standards and the extras, the combinations and the price tags, and you want it nicely presented in a way that helps you compare prices and performance in the market.…

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Finding Clarity in the Cloud: Hooking Up with Software Maker Gravitant Helps ISG Inform Enterprise Cloud Decisions

Industry studies show that enterprises will move more than 40 percent of their applications to a cloud delivery model in the next five years. Both private sector and public sector organizations are on this same path, reflecting a significant and widespread turn toward what is now commonly known as a “cloud-first” approach.…

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Can Cloud Computing Reduce Carbon Emissions?

Studies indicate that cloud computing could play a significant role in reducing the use of energy on a global scale. Research by Pike Research, a clean technology market intelligence firm, claims the adoption of cloud computing could lead to a 38 percent reduction in energy usage in the world’s data centers by 2020.…

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