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Six steps to capture IT consumerisation benefits without compromising compliance

Clarity.jpgIn part one
 of this two-part post, I highlighted the evolution of bring your own device (BYOD)into BYOE (Bring Your Own Everything) and what it means to the performance of enterprise IT.  Here in part two I describe the concrete steps you can take to avoid IT backlash with a balanced approach designed to mimimises consternation while encouraging innovation.

Compliance and cost concerns fuel an IT consumerization backlash

Photo by AndieArbeit - this, the first of a two-part post, I reflect on the hype surrounding the consumerization of IT, the broader changes that consumerization will bring and why I think that "your users are revolting".  In part two of the series I'll provide 7 steps that you can take to make sure that IT consumerization doesn't generate more pain than profit. 

Twelve trends for '12: #8 IT Management sprawl

“I love work; it fascinates me; I can sit and watch it for hours.” Jerome K. Jerome

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Many IT leaders are faced with fragmented IT processes, automation and management tools that threaten to make management harder than ever. The challenge is for IT leaders to turn what could be a disaster into a differentiator by anticipating and managing the new heterogeneityWe live in a time of innovation and opportunity last seen twenty years ago. “Standardise and automate” is still a sound operating principal, the challenge in 2012 will be to lower the TCI (total cost of innovation).

Twelve trends for '12: #7 x86 in handhelds + ARM in data centers = change everywhere.

Is it just me or do you half expect to find a Xeon in your wristwatch one day? 



With today’s Web 2.0 applications and databases now capable of scaling-out onto a large number of lower power CPUs (see 1024 chickens), expect the unexpected from the x86 and ARM architectures as each moves into the traditional markets of the other. However, success and failures in this space will hinge on independent software vendor (ISV) support along with disciplined management of where and when alternatives to the incumbents are introduced.  


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12 IT Trends for 2012: #6 Big data, NoSQL and shared-nothing

Sorted White Paper Pile.jpgYou're mum wasn't 100% telling the truth when she told you, "it's polite to share". In the case of managing big-data there's been a urgent need for innovation in order to break the price, performance and scalability bottlenecks that have hampered traditional database technology. Add to that the challenge with building and maintaining compliance and it's time to rethink data if we're to perform better.


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Establishing an IT performance system - the white paper

iStock_000006080650Small.jpgJust before the holiday break, myself and a group of HP Software colleagues put the finishing touches on a white paper designed to help you introduce the concept of an IT performance system to your enterprise. 

12 IT Trends for 2012: #2 Death of a pager, IT management goes mobile

Despite nearly 20 years having passed, I still vividly remember the first time I installed and configured a network management134 | Joy.jpg solution at a major enterprise. Part of the reason was that it taught me a valuable lesson in IT automation and management - to free yourself from the bright and shiny GUI in order to get "real work" done. Almost a decade later and I think it's time for a rethink of remote IT management.

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  • Lending 20 years of IT market expertise across 5 continents, for defining moments as an innovation adoption change agent.
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  • I'm the community manager for Discover Performance and have been a writer/editor in the technology field for several years.
  • Mike has been with HP for 30 years. Half of that time was in R&D, mainly as an architect. The other 15 years has been spent in product management, product marketing, and now, solution marketing. .
  • Maurice was appointed VP of Customer Experience for HP Software in 2014 after a career in hardware, software and services at DEC, Compaq and HP. He reports to the GM of HP Software, Robert Youngjohns
  • Paul Muller leads the global IT management evangelist team within the Software business at HP. In this role, Muller heads the team responsible for fostering HP’s participation in the IT management community, contributing to and communicating best-practice in helping IT perform better.
  • Rafael Brugnini (Rafa) serves as VP of EMEA for HP Software. Joining in 1996 and has more than 20 years of knowledge and experience linked to HP. He resides in Madrid with his wife and family, and in his spare time he enjoys windsurfing.
  • Evangelist for IT Financial Management (ITFM), IT Governance and IT Portfolio Management, consulting IT organisations for Close to 15 years on principles of good governance.
  • Chief of Staff for Software & Information Management IT at HP, driving business and IT initiatives, as well as executive, employee, and customer communications and management of change for the CIO of HP Software.
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