For customers who have taken the step to move parts, or their entire infrastructure to the cloud, these issues do little to reassure the nervous CIO. Knowing your managed service provider is an important step in ensuring you know where you data is hosted and who has access to it. Especially with consolidation and acquisition, it can be difficult to control and know where your data ends up.
Takeaways from our recent roundtable
Held at the beautiful venue of the Hawksmoor Guildhall, we gathered with IT/CIO professionals for our roundtable to discuss the challenges and opportunities provided by IT transformation programmes in the Insurance Industry. Looking specifically at IT’s journey to the cloud; we started addressing legacy modernisation and concluded by debating data security in the cloud.
IT governance includes aligning IT with business strategies, optimising operational and system workflows and processes, and the inclusion of an IT control structure for IT assets that meet the needs of regulators.
However, this blog from ComputerWorld UK highlights how IT governance is not as straight forward as it sounds and that there is a need for those responsible for business strategy and those handling day-to-day operations to align to progress governance up the IT agenda. Continue reading
Andrew Morris, Product Portfolio Manager at ControlCircle addresses the benefits of colocation and the cloud and provides scenarios in which each should be used.
For any company innovation is a key consideration as without it they risk being left behind. However, the traditional approach to innovation – resulting in high levels of risk and apprehension – is not an efficient way to scale or transform the business. From my experience, I’ve seen that customers who test and develop an initiative in a cloud incubator have increased the ability to build a proof of concept and thereafter the adoption by the entire organisation; transforming the business through IT innovation. However, the decision to move from colocation (colo) to the cloud is one worth considering more closely… Continue reading
At our Hybrid IT event, last week, Daniel Beazer, Structure Research’s European Analyst, discussed the benefits of hybrid cloud and gave guidance on how to implement an effective IT environment. Here he summarises some key points:
At Structure Research we are seeing the hybrid cloud in one form or another becoming the norm. For now, being able to completely abstract a workload from its physical environment in a seamless and fully redundant manner is some way off. Federation issues, licensing issues, the limitations of what’s available in the public cloud and the ‘cloud’ readiness of even fairly basic applications like databases, mean that most businesses are using some sort of a mixture of off and on premise. Continue reading