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Clouds role in the move from outsourcing to smartsourcing

Posted by Stefan Haase | 29 Aug 2012, 15:08 PM

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Austerity is a fact of life for IT managers everywhere. No longer is it just a matter of doing more with less; organisations are increasingly seeking growth through innovation, and cost -cutting in isolation is a game of diminishing returns.

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Cloud-based document management gets an airing

Posted by Stefan Haase | 19 Jun 2012, 10:45 AM

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Matt Duncan of Redcentric partner, NetDocuments, was featured recently in an audio interview on the Legal IT Professionals website. It was a fascinating 10 minutes, and if you’re interested in either document management systems (DMS) or Cloud delivery models, then I recommend you give it a listen.

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Taking a reality check on Cloud security

Posted by Stefan Haase | 8 Jun 2012, 14:11 PM

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One of the findings to come out of the Legal Week/Redcentric survey of law firm CIOs was that 72% of respondents cited concerns about security as the biggest single inhibitor to Cloud adoption.

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Clouds agility compelling for law firms

Posted by Stefan Haase | 7 Jun 2012, 14:09 PM

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As the legal sector is under pressure like never before to respond to changing commercial dynamics, client imperatives and regulatory demands, it’s not surprising that CIOs are drawn by the appeal of the Cloud’s inherent ability to deliver technical and operational capability quickly and cost-effectively.

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Getting the total picture on total cost

Posted by Stefan Haase | 23 May 2012, 11:17 AM

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An Redcentric/Legal Week survey of CIOs within the legal sector suggests that the majority of law firms need to take stock of their costs. Less than a third of respondents have undertaken a detailed analysis of the total cost of ownership (TCO) of on-premise IT infrastructure and support for comparison with managed service options.

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Horses for courses: Is Google Drive really the best bet for businesses?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 26 Apr 2012, 00:00 AM

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The news that Google is offering up to 5GB of cloud-based storage for free with its new Google Drive is great news for consumers looking to store their personal and online content. However, as consumers become more drawn to the cloud to store their data, it’s crucial to remember that when it comes to cloud-based storage, you get what you pay for.

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Megaupset in the Cloud – but should businesses worry?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 12 Mar 2012, 14:13 PM

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“It would be a massive blow if it all got deleted. It would be a massive part of my life just gone”. That was the Newsbeat-reported response of a Megaupload user who lost access to his painstakingly created audio files after the website was shut-down by US prosecutors over illegal file-sharing. The move affected both legal and illegal users alike.

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Cloud security – why privates better

Posted by Stefan Haase | 26 Sep 2011, 11:25 AM

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At a recent Cloud Circle forum event I joined a panel of experts for a Q&A session in which participants from a wide range of organisations were able to discuss their Cloud related experiences and concerns.

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Barriers to the Cloud – whats holding companies back?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 13 Sep 2011, 16:45 PM

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A recent survey from Norway on the uptake of Cloud Computing cited 91% of public sector and 83% of private sector respondents as indicating “maintaining control over data and security to prevent data being compromised by third parties” as a primary concern when making the move to Cloud-based services.

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Dont let consumer problems cloud your business judgement.

Posted by Stefan Haase | 12 Sep 2011, 09:16 AM

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Although Gartner recently declared that Cloud computing is as ‘hyped up’ as it has ever been, its reputation is suffering a little. With each reported problem from the likes of Amazon, Google and more latterly Microsoft, businesses build up their defences and question if (rather than when) they should adopt Cloud services.

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Its not the Cloud that fails customers. Its the Cloud provider.

Posted by Stefan Haase | 31 Aug 2011, 16:16 PM

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Evidently, the latest Amazon debacle wasn’t an act of God. Instead, it seems that the provider’s equipment – and not a lightning strike at energy supplier EBS Networks’ substation – was to blame.

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Is Cloud computing the mainframes close cousin?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 31 Aug 2011, 16:14 PM

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From George, the Meccano robot, to his project to recreate the code-cracker Colossus, and founding of the National Museum of Computing, Tony Sale, who sadly died yesterday, can be viewed as the embodiment of the computing age. Looking back at Tony’s career and the extroadinary advancements in technology over recent decades I wonder whether we have gone full circle. I ask myself, is Cloud Computing a close cousin of the mainframe?

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Happy 30th birthday IBM PC – but its time to make way for the next generation

Posted by Stefan Haase | 12 Aug 2011, 13:22 PM

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In his blog post of August 12th 2011 marking the 30th anniversary of the IBM personal computer, Mark Dean, one of the engineers who designed the first machine, declares that PCs “are going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs.”

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IT Directors Forum: Findings Part 1

Posted by Stefan Haase | 21 Jun 2011, 14:12 PM

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The Public Sector has undoubtedly been hit by the comprehensive Spending Review and the cuts that have been applied to a variety of their sector verticals – blue lights, local government, health and so on.

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Protecting business-critical data under tight fiscal constraints

Posted by Stefan Haase | 25 May 2011, 10:13 AM

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Exponential data growth brings with it many tough challenges for modern business. IT teams are struggling to ensure data availability under tight fiscal constraints.

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