"Vote early and vote often." Back in the 1920s and '30s, when neither
election technology nor oversight were as effective as they are today, and
the likes of Al Capone were at work gaming the system, this phrase wasn't a
joke. It was a best practice.
If you want guaranteed results, what better way than to get people to the
polls early, and then repeatedly, to vote for your candidate?
None of this sitting around until the end of the day, hoping that the
election goes the way you want. Capone would tell you, "That's for saps."
What does this have to do with cloud computing? All too often we see IT teams
taking a "buy it and hope it works" strategy when it comes to adopting
cloud-based apps. They migrate their entire user base to the cloud on faith,
assuming that they can worry about performance and availability issues later,
if ever. After all, everybody in the company... (more)
SaaS and cloud computing continue to gain real traction in the enterprise -
and that trend is sure to continue for a long time to come. But the reality
is that, to date, those gaining real benefit from cloud at the enterprise
level have been limited largely to isolated pockets; e.g., software
development and operations teams leveraging Infrastructure and Platform as a
Service (IaaS and PaaS) to slash costs and improve agility; sales teams
licensing their own SaaS CRM systems; or lines of business "going rogue" and
sidestepping IT by using apps like Dropbox to facilitate easier fi... (more)
A few weeks ago I was trying to update some files I have stored on a cloud
storage service (that will remain nameless). I had moved my files there a
while back as a way to make it easier to access them from my various devices
and to avoid losing them during the next inevitable hard drive failure. For
the most part I've been happy with the service, but on this day, I was unable
to access the site.
Not good, as I was rushing to make some changes and send the files to a
Frustrated by my situation, I asked a co-worker to see if he was also having
problems. He was, so we ... (more)
In September, Google experienced a services disruption that affected nearly a
third of Gmail users. As you'd expect, it generated quite a bit of news. Such
outages are fairly infrequent, but even Google struggled to resolve it. The
Google status dashboard during that outage simply said "indicates some type
Imagine yourself, now, in the shoes of an IT administrator relaying the
status of a widespread email outage to your boss. How satisfied do you think
your boss would be with the statement that "something's wrong and we're
looking into it," if that's all the informat... (more)
There's been plenty written and predicted about the future of cloud and
Software-as-a-Service, and it's hard to argue with its benefits - for both
organizations and users. If our cloud-based future is to come true though, we
must pay closer attention to the service levels users are getting from
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications.
Obvious? Maybe not.
As many organizations make their first big move to the cloud with services
like Office 365, a few common misconceptions - grounded in the general belief
that once we move to the cloud, IT no longer owns direct responsibility fo... (more)