Despite a nearly 7 percent national unemployment rate, the unemployment rate in IT hovers just below 3 percent, according to a Dice report. Among IT hiring managers, 62 percent report that filling open positions is taking longer than it did last year, with some technology professionals reporting up to a six-month hiring cycle.
Ask anyone in IT management and they’ll tell you that they want to help grow the business, meet user requests faster, promote good governance—and do all of it faster, better and cheaper. Yet in reality, most IT teams are stuck maintaining existing systems. And that routine busywork prevents them from focusing on strategic challenges that drive innovation. So what can your organization do about it?
OpenStack is growing. Just looking around at the OpenStack Summit Paris, it’s exciting to see how far it’s come in just four years. It’s being used in production at many large enterprises and was recently named the most important open source project in the cloud. It was great to see Jim Zemlin from the Linux Foundation on the Summit keynote stage this morning. The size of the Summit and excitement around OpenStack are reminiscent of Linux conferences in the early 2000s – it’s a project that’s still developing, but on track to dominate.
New business models. Strategic advantage. Market disruption. These game changers are exactly what line-of-business (LOB) leaders want from their IT organizations. And new technology approaches—including cloud, big data, mobile and social—are creating opportunities to improve service delivery, cost and flexibility. But mundane operations tasks have kept IT from leading the way to innovation. Until now.
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.
One of the key tenets of the Rackspace Managed Cloud is to offer a level of service that makes Rackspace a true, trusted partner – an extension of your business – and much more than a traditional IT vendor or raw infrastructure provider.
Is your organization looking to cut costs, reduce deployment time or gain new capabilities that you find challenging to implement with traditional on-premises infrastructure? Then outsourcing IT may be right for you.