1. CIO

    Top 5 Tips for VDI Success

    Last week, ActualTech Media hosted the VDI and End-User Computing EcoCast (which you can still watch On Demand here). The purpose of the event was to discuss the latest innovations in End User Computing and hear from some manufacturers of products that can make deploying VDI solutions more straightf… Read More

    By James D. Green
  2. CIO

    Cloudtenna Aims to Tame the Chaos of File Search Across Silos

    Answer: Dropbox. Slack. Gmail. File servers. Google Drive. JIRA. Salesforce. And way too many more. If your question was, “What are all of the possible locations for the single file I’m looking for and need this very minute?” then you win! Or, lose, as the case may be.  As companies contin… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  3. CIO

    Opportunity: 2019 FASB/IASB Updates to Lease Accounting Rules Could Upend IT Purchasing Models

    A major change to leasing rules – coming in 2019 – has the potential to upend traditional data center hardware acquisition models. It also presents a major opportunity for enterprise IT vendors in a financial position to capitalize on the changes. Disclaimer: I am not an accountant or an expe… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  4. CIO

    What If Domino’s Stopped Making Pizzas: Jettison the Technology Hyperbole to Achieve Better Alignment

    What if Domino’s stopped making pizzas this very minute?  What would happen?  If you answered, “well, they’d go out of business” then you already have a grasp on why one of today’s favorite phrases should be jettisoned from your business phrasebook. Every so often in the technology wo… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  5. CIO

    Countdown to the GDPR Deadline: Preparing for Compliance

    It’s nearly May 25: Do you know where your data is? If you don’t, the consequences could be severe. On that date, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect, a regulation that was designed to protect an individual’s personal data. With the compliance deadline upo… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  6. CIO

    Technology Experts Share Their Top Tips and Advice for 'World Backup Day'

    Backing up data should be one of the most fundamental of all IT activities. Yet, time and again, companies that should know better fail to properly create, secure and validate their backups. This Saturday, March 31, is World Backup Day, a day created to raise awareness for data backup and protect… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  7. CIO

    Data In The Context of Digital Transformation

    In case you weren’t aware, we are on the cusp of a full-on data tsunami. Thanks to the digital transformation movement, there are a growing number of systems and devices in use in any given business, and they’re throwing off data which needs to be stored, protected, and often analyzed. Businesse… Read More

    By James D. Green
  8. CIO

    The State of Cybersecurity in 2018

    We’re still at the front end of 2018, and there’s already been a major security threat exposed. It affects most computers built in the last 20 years, and it’s very scary. That makes it an appropriate time to broaden the discussion to the larger issue of cybersecurity threats facing us in th… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  9. CIO

    Accelerate Time to Value of Your Data with DataOps

    Over the last several years innovative companies have been adopting a DevOps paradigm that reduces the barriers between developers and operations teams in delivering high quality software faster. This has allowed leaders like Uber, Amazon, and Lyft to experiment with a better customer experience and… Read More

    By George Lawton
  10. CIO

    Tech Industry Professionals Share Their Views and Tips on Data Privacy Day

    This Sunday marks the 11th anniversary of Data Privacy Day, which was created to raise awareness and promote the protection of personal privacy and data. The occasion first started in 2008 as an extension of European Data Protection day, which started in 1981 with the signing of Convention 108, the… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  11. CIO

    Moving Beyond Backups to Enterprise-Data-as-a-Service

    What do you do when your disaster recovery turns into a plain old disaster? Well, if you’re the large media corporation News-Press & Gazette Company (NPG), you turn to Actifio for help. And you get even more than you expected. Our friends at Actifio recently shared a handful of interesting case st… Read More

    By James D. Green
  12. CIO

    A State Department of Transportation Department Moves from Traditional to Hybrid IT

    You may believe that digital transformation is an overused term, but the potential impact from such initiatives can be profound.  It is changing all aspects of our lives. Every day we rely on digital technology to give us more and more information. It is increasingly pervasive, from the cars we dr… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  13. CIO

    Digital Transformation: Organizational Change Management Should be on Your Short List of Priorities

    Change is good.  Change is bad.  Change is healthy.  Change is disruptive. All of these statements are true, depending on the time and your perspective and on what you’re actually doing.  In an increasingly technology-driven business environment, it can be reasonably expected that the pace… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  14. CIO

    4 Steps to a True Digital Transformation

    The new era of hybrid IT is improving the way business run and helping deliver new and differentiated services. By embracing the additional values hybrid IT provides, businesses can create their right mix of public cloud, private cloud, and on-premises solutions, while deploying services where they… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  15. CIO

    How Hyperconverged Infrastructure Ensures Peak Performance in a Cost-Effective Manner

    Data growth is a huge issue today, and as the amount of data increases, businesses are struggling to find a way to make sure their infrastructure can handle the load. The key is making sure that performance can to keep up to make the new volume of data truly efficient. But, how? One way is through h… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  16. CIO

    Backup and Recovery in the Cloud: Simplification is Actually Really Hard

    Still doing all of your backup and recovery locally?  “To the cloud” will be the rallying cry that you hear from, well, pretty much everyone these days.  After all, it’s super easy to retarget your backups at the cloud and drink all of that sweet, sweet unlimited storage capacity and never h… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  17. CIO

    Ransomware Liability and the Future of Security

    If you’ve visited any tech related web site in the past week, you’re painfully aware of the WannaCry ransomware outbreak.  This one has been really bad as it exploits a vulnerability in Windows that Microsoft patch in mid-March of this year.  For those that patched their systems, things may no… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  18. CIO

    Rethink HCI with Pivot3 Acuity Software and X5 Hardware Nodes

    If you haven’t heard of Pivot3, you need to fire up Google and take a look at them.  For some, Pivot3 was one of the progenitors of hyperconverged infrastructure and, even before the phrase hyperconverged was invented, had an appliance series with traits eerily similar to what we now call hyperco… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  19. CIO

    2017 Enterprise IT Secrets Revealed!

    First off, 2017 will see an increase in the quantity of clickbait article titles... Each year about this time, analysts, bloggers, and random people on the street start to prognosticate about the coming year, seeking to predict the trend that will define the year, the hype that will get blown out… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  20. CIO

    Analyst-Induced Hype and Managing Real-World IT

    Recently, I received an article in my inbox entitled “If you’re not planning for IoT, you’re already behind” and, frankly, it just frustrated me. Although the article author was listed as simply “CIO Staff” the featured picture was that of Vernon Turner, SVP Enterprise Systems & Fellow f… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  21. CIO

    Your Data Is Useless

    You may have heard the phrase “A person is smart, but people overall are stupid.” This phrase is intended to demonstrate that, as individuals, people can provide brilliant insight, but as the number of opinions grows and insight ultimately becomes lost to rhetoric and groupthink, stupidity event… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe