Happy 2015 to everyone in the IT industry! May all of your technology dreams and predictions come true! As many post their predictions for the cloud industry (including our very own CTO John Engates, with his Cloud Predictions for 2015) we’d like to offer up a few New Year’s Resolutions for IT decision makers to consider as they transition into the Managed Cloud era.
NoSQL technologies like MongoDB are often very simple to configure and deploy. They’re typically free, which makes it easy for users to boot-strap in development and early production. While configuration, development and deployment are relatively straightforward, scaling NoSQL technologies can be anything but. In fact, many users report significant pain at the critical stages where they need to scale. Compounding matters, many users may not have the expertise or access to best practices they need to do it in a smart and economic way. In addition, the technology is so new that building a team of NoSQL database professionals is often prohibitive.
You’ve heard the usual arguments for why practicing DevOps is good for your IT department – faster time to market and increased innovation are just two. A recent Rackspace-sponsored survey shows that DevOps can deliver business benefits, too, such as an increase in sales and customer conversions. The infographic below highlights just some of the survey’s data, including these wider – and measurable – business benefits tied to DevOps tactics.
It’s 2014 and the cloud has been adopted to some degree by nearly 90 percent of all businesses. That is in part because cloud offerings have evolved. Several years ago cloud meant “public cloud.” Today, new hybrid offerings have emerged—combinations of cloud hosting and dedicated hardware—letting businesses tailor their cloud infrastructure to their business demands.
This year’s research confirms that downtime is still causing headaches for end-users and IT professionals. However, in addition to the frustration caused by outages, it’s also costing businesses more than ever. Take a look below in the How Downtime Impacts the Bottom Line 2014 infographic.
Content has always been king on the web, but there has been a dramatic shift in how it rules. Enterprises have moved beyond the simple content management systems (CMS) of yesteryear in favor of adopting robust services to manage the end-to-end visitor experience. These businesses have deeper needs than just scheduling and publishing content. Enterprises now require sophisticated systems with the ability to deliver information to a unique user persona, tailored by geography and presented with consistency across an array of devices.
For years, marketers have been writing obituaries for the “purchase funnel,” that cone-shaped path that customers traverse before clicking “Buy.” But reports of the funnel’s death may have been greatly exaggerated.
Open source Content Management Systems (CMS) like WordPress, Drupal and Joomla! have now been around for a decade or so, doing their part to make the internet a more manageable place. At its core, a CMS structures the experience of developing, managing and consuming a website. Chances are good that a big chunk of the content you’ll read on the web today (including this post) is being delivered through an open source CMS. FedEx and The Washington Post are using Drupal. Coca-Cola France and Sony Music are using WordPress. Harvard and IHOP use Joomla!
Email is a critical business communication tool. It houses valuable intellectual property and business assets. Businesses need reliable email to maintain productivity, protect the organization from email-borne threats and reduce the frequency of unplanned downtime. The right hosted email partner can be a game changer for business by helping to maintain email accessibility and performance while keeping employees focused on the high-value tasks that drive a competitive advantage. The below infographic highlights some mind-boggling numbers related to business email.