Autotask Week in IT: The Challenges of a Born-in-the-Cloud World

September 08, 2016  

Here’s a look at what’s happening this week in the world of ITSPs, MSPs and Enterprise IT departments.

CIO: CIO travels new path to IT governance at native cloud company
By Clint Boulton
Mark Settle is no stranger to shadow IT. In former roles as CIO of research firm IHS and BMC Software he had to combat employees consuming cloud software without his permission. That's one thing he doesn't have to worry much about in his new role as the first CIO of security software maker Okta, where the IT operating model consists of 150 SaaS applications. At a time when most of Settle's peers talk about getting out of the business of running IT infrastructure and data centers, he's joined a startup that runs entirely on SaaS applications as well as cloud infrastructure from Amazon Web Services.

Channelinsider: Are You Ready for a Born-in-the-Cloud World?
By Carmen Sorice and Cristina Greysman
It's clear that the cloud has changed how business is conducted. What is perhaps less clear is how it's reshaping the traditional reseller channel as well as creating a whole new world of "born-in-the-cloud" partners. A Primer for Born-in-the-Cloud Providers: IPED Consulting and Research has defined five types of born-in-the-cloud providers. Cloud consultants design and architect cloud solutions for their clients. Cloud agents and cloud resellers sell third-party cloud offerings and often come from a telecom background.

TechCrunch: How CIOs climb from the back room to the boardroom
By Tom Frangione
Today more than ever, technology is transforming how enterprises do business. The IT profession has evolved from being reactionary to proactive, and CIOs now have a seat at the table to drive company strategy. Greylock COO Tom Frangione catches up with Kim Stevenson, Intel COO for the Client and Internet of Things Businesses and Systems Architecture Group, to discuss how startups can sell to larger enterprises, the importance of IT innovation and what the future of machine learning means for enterprise companies.

TechTarget : Storage, security present IoT challenge in the data center
By Erica Mixon
The internet of things -- or a growing network of sensors and devices that can transmit data without human interaction -- is coming at full force. In fact, 20.8 billion connected things will be in use globally by 2020, according to Gartner predictions. The internet of things produces a massive influx of data, which directly impacts the data center in a variety of ways. Use the five tips below to understand how your data center strategy should adjust to the IoT challenge.

CIO Insight : Why IT Has Fallen Behind the Pace of Business
By Dennis McCafferty
Very few IT and business leaders feel that their organization is extremely nimble in responding to future business needs, according to a recent survey from Unisys Corporation. The resulting report, titled "Meeting the Demands of the Digital Generation: Get Good at Cloud Now!" indicates that it's critical for tech teams to re-examine IT processes and resources to better support a digital business model. Today's users, findings show, highly value the cloud as an essential business driver.

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