Posts by Bob McCallister

Companies already know the value of the cloud. With its scalability and flexibility, as well as its cost reduction and collaborative capabilities, cloud computing provides organizations of all sizes with many benefits. Yet many CIOs and CFOs still wonder how they can see real financial value. That’s a justifiable question, as leaders have experienced how the cloud delivers many intangible benefits. For example, they’ve seen cloud being the ultimate catalyst for innovation, which in turn…  MORE

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CIOs across the globe already know the value of implementing hybrid cloud environments. The migration of applications to both public and private clouds provides a previously unheard-of amount of business agility. Yet all that has a digital glitter is certainly not technical gold. The shift to the cloud brings challenges: Financial models aren’t always as accurate as they appear to be; shoddy oversight can render cloud software to actually be more expensive than on-premise operations;…  MORE

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Remember when you first experienced wireless Internet? If you’re like me, there was a certain feeling of, well, magic. No wires, no chords, yet with your laptop you could read the news while catching up on email – at your desk, on the couch, at the café. Anywhere, really. It was all so liberating. Except for the inconsistent connectivity. Fast forward to 2021 and those nagging wireless issues seem so far in the past. Yet…  MORE

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In 1983, much of the world was introduced to the idea of computer hacking via the film War Games. I clearly recall being enthralled with the tale of high school kid David Lightman (played by a very young Matthew Broderick), who almost starts a nuclear war with his computer hacking skills. At the time, the story felt like science fiction – there’s no way that could actually happen. But with a world now connected by…  MORE

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If you haven’t met your daily requirement of learning exactly what a new acronym means, here’s one for you: OTT, which stands for Over-the-top media services. Wikipedia provides a clear definition: “An over-the-top (OTT) media service is a streaming media service offered directly to viewers via the Internet. OTT bypasses cable, broadcast, and satellite television platforms, the companies that traditionally act as a controller or distributor of such content.” All which is a complicated way…  MORE

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By now, we’re all familiar with how the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted business as usual. Closed offices, remote workers, distribution cycles out of whack, massive lay-offs, and an unclear future. In short, we’ve seen a break in business continuity. That term – business continuity – is rarely brought up, but it’s a fitting linguistic lens through which to view the state of industry. Business continuity means maintaining critical business functions during any crisis, be it…  MORE

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been tragic. We’ve lost many lives, and we all face the unknown every time we leave the house. From that perspective, the growth of specific technologies should be one of our last concerns. But the Law Of Unintended Consequences often bring a silver lining. In this case, the forces of living with COVID-19 has accelerated the development and commercialization of many emerging technologies. And thankfully, these technologies will not only keep…  MORE

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Unless you’ve been living deep in the Amazon jungle, you know how the world is now more connected than at any time in history. Technical advances, data sharing, and the massive digital transformation of corporations has sped up communication and created seamless connections between millions of people. But as much as we reap the advantages of this new order, we also have to contend with the negative ramifications on cyber security. Because wherever there’s sensitive…  MORE

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