Survey: benchmarking cloud expectations

We compared attitudes and expectations for the cloud across mainstream and leading-edge IT buyers. The results in the following sections will help you to see how your own organization compares.


Survey: Examining perceptions of cloud across the IT department

It’s well-known that cloud computing is a disruptive force bearing down on enterprise IT — but top-level VPs and IT management often see two different sides of the picture. With some understanding of these different viewpoints, IT organizations should have a smoother migration to the cloud.

BYOD didn’t kill Cisco’s tablet; it was a doomed idea

Citing employee preferences and the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement, Cisco(s csco) is no longer investing in the Cius Android(s goog) tablet it announced in 2010. I say bull: The product had “fail” written all over it and never gained traction for several reasons.

Cloud & the evolution of the enterprise architect

The need for enterprise architecture was spurred by the need to gain control over an increasingly complex computing environment, and an increasingly large backlog of data and feature needs. But those needs are changing with cloud computing, and so is the job of the enterprise architect.

5 things that destroy a company’s value

Although the goal for most startup founders might be to build your company’s value, many companies are inadvertently taking steps to kill it. Marty Wolf, the founder of Martinwolf M&A advisors, explains the 5 things you need to avoid.

RIM offers device management for iOS and Android

If you can’t beat iOS and Android devices in the market, you might as well secure them. That seems to be the stance of RIM, which is launching a device-management and security service for IT departments called Mobile Fusion that builds off its BlackBerry Enterprise Servers.

Mobile Workforce

Today’s worker has a highly mobile lifestyle, which could be very beneficial but also risky to the enterprise. With every new mobile…

What do young workers want: social media, device freedom

The second chapter of the Cisco 2011 Connected World Technology Report shows that young workers are weighing their job decisions based on factors like social media access, choice of device and the desire for remote working arrangements, which can trump salary considerations in some cases.

Android gets new tools to help win enterprise adoption

While Android has been a leader in handset sales over rival iOS, it has trailed Apple in enterprise adoption. But a couple of new tools from Motorola and AT&T may help close the gap for Google’s OS and help Android thrive in the era of bring-your-own-devices.

More Proof: Businesses Like iPad

During the last Apple conference call, Steve Jobs crowed about Apple’s growing enterprise presence. A new report illustrates just how well iOS is doing in business; 4,000 new iPads and iPhones are ready to be put to use at a major pharmaceutical company, the report says.

Free GigaOM Pro Webinar: The Scalable Cloud

As more enterprises consider cloud-based infrastructure, a key question for them is if the cloud can scale to support core operations and services. Those interested in better understanding the market are invited to join GigaOM Pro and Limelight Networks for a free, one-hour webinar next month.

Is the iPad Apple’s Key to the Enterprise?

RIM recently announced the PlayBook, a 7-inch BlackBerry tablet clearly aimed at business professionals, but is it a case of too little, too late? Has Apple’s introduction of the iPad secured it entry into the enterprise market and helped usher in the iPhone, too?

Want to Build Workplace 2.0? Embrace Smartphones.

As employees bring their personal devices to work, corporate information technology departments have an opportunity to embrace the benefits of consumer technology in the form of lightweight and transient enterprise apps aimed at employee smartphones. This will enhance collaboration and usher the next generation workplace.

Crowdcast Launches Enterprise 2.0 Dashboard

Crowdcast, which offers what it calls “collective intelligence tools” for businesses that are based on crowdsourcing ideas from employees, has launched a new executive dashboard that allows a company to track the predictions that have been made by staff and compare those against official corporate targets.


Email: The Reports of My Death are Greatly Exaggerated

Email first emerged back in 1965 as a way for users of time-sharing mainframes to communicate, but it wasn’t until the ’90s that usage really exploded. It totally supplanted written memos in businesses and replaced a lot of phone communication, thus becoming the “killer app” of the early Internet generation. Recently, the increased use of alternative communication tools — Twitter and other microblogging services, instant messaging, SMS, social media and others — has caused speculation about the “death of email.” But will alternative communication tools providing a real challenge to email’s dominance as a professional and personal messaging platform?

GigaOM Show's Tech Trends for '08

This week Om sits down with with Dan Farber, of ZDNet, Rafe Needleman, of CNET’s Webware, and Earth2Tech Editor, Katie Fehrenbacher, to…