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Posts by Erika Van Noort

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The words “innovation” and “technology” form a natural combination. And so, many organizations leave the business of innovating at the feet of the IT department. It often falls on IT leaders keep the “technology watch,” remaining ever on the lookout for the next best thing in digital transformation.
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Today’s ideal “IT person” is somewhat of a unicorn. To excel, they must be good with technology and with people. Their business skills are just as important as their technical prowess. For them, selling the vision of digital transformation is as important as delivering technical projects. It’s challenging to find someone with the right blend of […]
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Digital transformation is about making life easier. The IT leader strives to make getting things done as easy as possible, whether it’s for customers, internal users or the IT team itself. But this is a challenge on its own. Every day, security threats grow more sophisticated. The cloud seems less like an option and more […]
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We’ve enjoyed some wide-ranging and insightful discussions on all of our conference calls for the Innovation Executive Forum in 2017. To wrap up the year, we hosted a group of experts from public and private sectors who discussed the challenges they faced this year and opportunities they believe lay ahead for 2018. This group of […]
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The performance criteria for IT leaders is changing. IT is responsible for installing and maintaining the “plumbing” – the technical infrastructure that keeps the organization running. It also involves embedding that infrastructure into a process that makes the organization more productive.
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In the past, we thought of IT as two broad categories: software development and infrastructure. Today, our thinking is a little different. Technology rolls out to users across the organization faster than ever. Every line of business thinks they understand it. Corporate finance and senior management expect more value from it. Meanwhile, the news warns of new threats to its integrity every day.
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The job of an IT executive is sometimes a thankless one. The pace of change in the business ecosystem puts pressure on the IT department to implement better technology faster. Meanwhile, line-of-business (LOB) managers procure their own unauthorized software. Management delays investment in back-end infrastructure. A single email attachment could expose the entire organization to the latest ransomware – or worse.
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Even as a 13-year-old boy, Dell EMC’s John Byrne knew the secret to business that would one day help drive the largest technology merger of all time: put people first. “I started my first business at 13, selling bread buns to the people of Scotland — people who were suffering from, let’s say, being ‘over-served’ on a Saturday evening,” said Byrne, President of Dell EMC’s multi-billion-dollar channel business.
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In this era, the role of the IT department is much more than keeping the lights on. From machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to cybersecurity and customer engagement, technology is reshaping the way we do business.
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Disruption from external and internal forces puts pressure on a business to adapt. An “IT leader” has become a hybrid sales role. Its mandate: Championing the IT department as a partner for transformative change. In response, many organizations are integrating technology into every facet of their operations. At our IEF dinner in San Diego, we asked attendees to discuss disruption in their industries and the ways it helps and hinders their organizations.
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From the experts | March 10, 2014 by Erika Van Noort
According to a recent survey of over 2,000 SMBs, the average cost per hour of a data center outage is $12,500 for a SMB organization, and up to $60,000 per hour for a mid-sized enterprise. The report also indicates that less than 20% of SMBs back up all of their data, with 88% of businesses […]
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From the experts | February 25, 2014 by Erika Van Noort
This article originally appeared on Stephen’s personal blog. You can visit it here.  Most people feel naked without their smart phones and tablets. The adoption rates of these devices over the last five years have been explosive with an expected 10 billion by 2020, according to Morgan Stanley  (to give you an idea of the magnitude […]
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From the experts | June 19, 2013 by Erika Van Noort
Editors note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study blog series – see his notes below. Long gone are the days of a single server and a few machines. Today’s computing landscape has evolved to include cloud-based services, on-premise applications, and virtualized environments. As a result, you may find […]