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IT Charts 'Cloud First' Route to Success

When a company is considering a new venture, where does it turn to find exactly the right combination of cloud services to make the project happen efficiently and economically?

Mark Weinstein believes the call should go to the IT department.

Weinstein is a "fractional CIO" who after working for more than 30 years for a variety of large financial firms, now acts as an advisor to smaller companies, helping them optimize the management of technology.

IT Embraces Cloud Apps to Improve Workflow

One member of the team wants to write and edit the plan as a Google Doc. Another has an outline in an iPad app. A third has notes in Evernote. And the presentation event will be hosted on Eventbrite.

Not only is everyone bringing their own device -- BYOD -- but they are making their own deals with cloud-based services.

Multiple applications featuring their own cloud appear to be cutting IT staffs out of the loop, but in fact, analysts say, all this new free-agency has created opportunities for more efficient, and more economical work processes.

IT Helps Simplify Cloud Provider Complexity

The Information Technology Services department at American Water is gradually shifting towards the cloud, away from a traditional "keep the lights on" mentality.

How will it get there?

That's for Leigh Ann Thomas to figure out.

The senior business relationship manager at the largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility in the U.S. has a broad, overall goal: focusing the department on business relationships and initiatives that add value to the company.

For Ops Team Member, Giving Back is the Goal

Some years ago I was working for the public sector and had some innovative ideas for using free and open source software in order to make things more agile, stable and cheaper. This involved not only changing the users' desktops but more importantly the online presence, the public services and the deciders' mentality. It was then I came to know software like Typo3, Plone, Mambo/Joomla, Wordpress and ultimately Drupal.

IT Builds New Revenue Streams on Cloud

Richard Sanchez, president of Miami-based cloud-computing company 0NL9, Inc., is no longer surprised to see IT skills applied in new -- and potentially profitable -- ways.

One of his clients is a company that leases storage containers in over a hundred locations across Canada and Europe. Recently, an IT pro on staff, "who was previously doing things like fighting computer viruses," took the initiative to develop an online calculator that allows prospective customers to price their lease online, based on the size and availability of the container.

Cloud Shifts IT Focus to Business Strategy

As cloud hosting has become part of the technology landscape, offsite technical expertise also has become the norm. This has changed the game for IT, greatly simplifying the configuration, operation, and support a company's technology infrastructure.

"Acquiring and implementing technology is no longer the secret sauce of IT," admits Tom Catalini, the chief information officer at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Yet, to Catalini, these are positive developments. "IT pros have a much better opportunity to really engage in the business now," he says.

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Scaling Cloud: Ops Team Manages Petabytes with Clear View

Handling scale is one of those things people talk about that is an odd mixture of bragging and legitimate challenge. At Acquia, the Operations team is tasked with managing over 6,500 AWS instances, over 12,000 EBS volumes and over 5 million S3 objects. In your early days of growth you’d be able to keep track of this infrastructure just using a spreadsheet but as you can imagine this sprawl really gets out of the wheelhouse of what a spreadsheet can handle after you get past a few dozen servers.

A Drupal Dev Workflow for everyone: git flow, or just your flow

When it comes to building Drupal sites with a team of developers, there's perhaps nothing more important than establishing a productive workflow. Conferences are buzzing with talk of Continuous Integration, DevOps, Deployments and everything of the sort, and that's because as project sizes grow, these topics become central to the question of building great websites.

Acquia Named to 2013 AlwaysOn Global 250 Top Private Companies [July 3, 2013]

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Acquia today was chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the AlwaysOn Global 250 winners. Inclusion in the AlwaysOn Global 250 signifies leadership amongst its peers and game-changing approaches and technologies that are likely to disrupt existing markets and entrenched players in the Global Silicon Valley. Acquia was specially selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team and industry experts spanning the globe based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz.

This year's 250 top, private technology companies are building a robust infrastructure to host the powerful applications that are fueling the burgeoning datasphere.

“This year’s AlwaysOn Global 250 is seeing an unprecedented shift from desktop to mobile. Concurrently, innovators in the cloud are making it possible for an entirely new generation of application and software solutions to enter the technology marketplace. The enterprise world has endured a long ramp-up to the cloud as well as finally accepting that mobile is here to stay. Now, businesses are demanding even more robust, secure applications with which to run their operations—anytime, anywhere,” says Tony Perkins, founder and editor of AlwaysOn. “The Global Silicon Valley is rising to this challenge with unfettered enthusiasm, providing business management solutions, IT infrastructure, and elegant, stable applications. Coupled with bleeding-edge consumer adoption of the latest and most powerful media applications, the companies on this year’s AlwaysOn Global 250 represent the highest-growth opportunities in today’s private company marketplace.”

The AlwaysOn Global 250 winners were selected from among thousands of domestic and international technology companies nominated by investors, bankers, journalists, and industry insiders. The AlwaysOn editorial team conducted a rigorous three-month selection process to finalize the 2013 list.

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