Digging your own grave in the internet? Thanks to botnets!

You want your television to read your emails, you want your camera to upload pictures straight to your social media accounts, you even want your car stereo to fetch your contacts and make the necessary calls but are you aware of the uninvited friends you are making in the process of being overtly technology friendly?

Mesmerizing blockchains and their impact on bitcoins

The number of devices connected to the internet is mind boggling. More than a quarter of the world is using smartphones. An estimated 9 billion IoT devices are in operation as per International Data Corporation*. The world payments record data estimated that 426 billion non cash transactions took place in 2015 and global digital payments volume continues to increase with annual growth rate of 8-10%**. .That’s about 1.17 billion transaction per day or 13.5 thousand transactions per second. These numbers emphasize that we have an information explosion in front of us.

Is there a best-fit pricing model for public cloud management services?-2

In my previous blog, traditional pricing models and the typical characteristics of public cloud management. So the question to ask is, will the long established pricing models work here? T&M is evergreen but risky for customers, thus forcing them to quickly move away from this model. Providers do not want to go with fixed price model either given the variable/agile nature. I’ve seen some providers trying to price it using the technology/service component based model such as per VM, per-network element, per-storage element, and so on.

Is there a best-fit pricing model for public cloud management services?-1

Adoption of digital technologies, especially cloud, is at an all-time high and businesses are increasingly demanding managed service providers and IT organizations to cater to their dual-speed IT needs. Gartner calls this phenomenon Bimodal IT, others call it dual speed/mode IT, and so on. As usual there are many people for it and against it and I don’t think anyone meant agility at the cost of stability or vice versa.

What Should Managed Services Providers Do Differently in a Cloud-First World?

Managed Services - on a lighter note, this is the business of outsourcing your problems so you don't have to deal with them. Managed service providers perform break-fix and/or on-demand services, and bill the customer for the time spent or activity performed. This often applies to predictable application or infrastructure environments and the user interface for such services is a self-service portal or a help-desk helpline.

Why Should Your Innovation Team Be Like Star Trek's Starship Enterprise?

Star Trek, the show, is a celebration of human adventures set in outer space. The protagonists of the series serve in the peacekeeping force Starfleet and possess altruistic values, are constantly challenged and have to apply their ideals to difficult dilemmas.  This forms the overall theme of Star Trek. If you think about it for a moment, in our daily lives, we are like the crew of Starfleet.

What Jurassic Park teaches us about ideas and business-led IT and what CIOs can do about it - 2

In Part 1 of this blog, we discussed how cloud is enabling business to come up with ideas and execute them without involving IT and how this is diminishing IT’s capabilities to drive efficiency, security and compliance. In part 2, we explore what IT can do to address this challenge.

 IT needs to reinvent itself and become a true business partner

How to Champion Technology Disruptions in Your Organization? - 2

How to Champion Technology Disruptions in Your Organization?

In part 1 of the blog “How to champion technology disruption in your organization,’ I discussed what disruption really means and how disruption brings customers closer to the solution. Let’s take a look now at how to successfully identify and implement disruptive innovation within your organization.

Approaches for designing and implementing applications in Microsoft Azure Hybrid Scenarios - 2

In part 1 of this blog, we dealt with the various parameters one must consider in designing and implementing applications in Microsoft Azure. In this second and final part, we will discuss different hybrid cloud scenarios and approaches for designing and implementing hybrid cloud solutions.