1. CIO

    PanelCast Recap: The Enterprise IT Landscape in 2019

    Those working in the world of enterprise IT maintain a delicate balance between what is and what will be. Most CIOs have one foot in the data center and one in the future, and that can be tricky when it comes to anticipating not only new services and new technologies to implement, but also the clima… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  2. CIO

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: How Public Cloud Costs Are Driving Organizations to On-Prem and Back

    Presently, it seems that cloud run costs/subscriptions can easily exceed on-premises costs for general workloads beyond small systems. Do you see this changing moving forward, and how soon? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was created following ActualTech Media's inaugural PanelCast ev… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  3. CIO

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: The Evolution from Alignment to Digital Transformation and Going Beyond Hardware Buys

    IT needs to meet all the needs of the business, but the business isn’t always interested in buying more stuff – tools, software, platforms, hardware, storage, networking, etc. How does the business forge ahead without IT just continuing to buy? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was c… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  4. CIO

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: Accelerating Pace of Change in IT

    The speed at which innovation is expected is driving the need for containers, serverless, etc. What does this mean for how organizations view the role of IT? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was created following ActualTech Media's inaugural PanelCast event, held in December of 2018. … Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  5. CIO

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: The Rise of Edge Computing

    Edge computing appears to be the next big area for growth. How do you think it will play a role in enterprise architecture in 2019? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was created following ActualTech Media's inaugural PanelCast event, held in December of 2018.  This event addressed 2019… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  6. CIO

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: Hyperconvergence and the Next Wave of Systems Integration

    Hyperconvergence has become a force unto itself. What comes after HCI? Is it extensions that turn HCI into a broader platform or is it a whole new architecture altogether? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was created following ActualTech Media's inaugural PanelCast event, held in Dece… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  7. CIO

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: A Sustained and Deeper Focus on Security

    Security incidents seem to be the daily news these days. As multi-cloud environments take center stage, how can enterprises ensure a standard security architecture across both the private and public cloud? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was created following ActualTech Media's inaugu… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  8. CIO

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: Economic Volatility Will Impact Enterprise IT in 2019

    The economy can’t be ignored. We’ve enjoyed a decade-long rally that has propelled startup fortunes and enabled enterprise customers to make new investments. Do you think that will change in 2019 as we see increased market volatility and, if so, what do you think the outcomes look like? [su_no… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  9. CIO

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: The Future of Interoperability and Integration

    Is interoperability and integration between product manufacturers increasing or decreasing? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was created following ActualTech Media's inaugural PanelCast event, held in December of 2018.  This event addressed 2019 enterprise IT predictions in a discuss… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  10. CIO

    A Microsoft Teams vs. Slack Update: Three Weeks In

    A lot of people commented on my original article detailing why my company, ActualTech Media, made the jump away from Slack to Microsoft Teams. Now that we’re at the three-week point, it’s becoming clear where we’re seeing benefits and where there are challenges that we hope Microsoft addresses… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  11. CIO

    Putting Things in Context: Why We’re Ditching Slack for Microsoft Teams

    I don’t often write about the inner workings of ActualTech Media. It’s not because I don’t want to, but is due primarily to having a whole lot to stay on top of. But we’re doing something that many may think crazy, so I thought I’d tell the world! We’ve ditched Slack and adopted Micro… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  12. CIO

    Clouds Are a Key Enabler for Digital Transformation

    Clouds fundamentally change who has control over IT. Traditional infrastructures rely on IT teams to provision resources, workloads, applications and services. Clouds don’t – they let the individuals responsible for doing something useful with IT be the ones to provision that IT. At the risk… Read More

    By ActualTech Media
  13. CIO

    Ease of Use is the Goal for Private Cloud

    The decision has been made to move to private cloud. All reasons for or against have been heard, and now it’s time to implement. With this in mind, what options are available for doing so, and how do they affect the design of an organization’s IT? Private clouds come in flavors, and while eac… Read More

    By ActualTech Media
  14. CIO

    IT Support May Be the Crucial Cloud Question

    Once IT teams are no longer having to hand-hold IT infrastructure every day, they won’t know the intricacies of its operation. This makes the support experience – both the ease of access to support, and the overall quality of the support – absolutely critical. What do other customers of that v… Read More

    By ActualTech Media
  15. CIO

    How Digital Transformation Is Like a Diet

    I don’t like to bring too much personal baggage to my writing and this may be a little corny, but one of my current undertakings has some real-world parallels to a modern technology-centric business trend, so here I go… Big Change Requires Big Commitment As so many know, losing weight is reall… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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