Enable IT Efficiency Through Innovation

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As the boardroom weathers the economic impact of the pandemic, execs are expecting IT to deliver more value at a lower cost than ever before.

In order for IT to deliver value today, they must first identify and manage their ‘work from anywhere’ policies, and assess their strategy against cybersecurity best practices.  “Nearly half of decision makers say they’re concerned about upholding cybersecurity, and 37% cite challenges in deploying new or existing technologies at scale.”  Financial pressure is shifting organizational priorities, and it is incumbent upon IT to define that priority list.


In a timely report from KPMG, Enterprise Reboot says, “More than half of executives rate cloud migration as an absolute necessity”.  The report is worth a deeper dive.

In the next 12 months, executives project a spending increase across nearly all technology areas, with 80% of companies currently investing in emerging technologies.  More than half of executives rate cloud migration as an absolute necessity.  Automation is a hot topic, especially as machine learning, and human-machine co-dependencies increase.

Access to the full KPMG report can be found here.


IT ROI + Security

Sometimes ‘bigger’ means a bigger target as Level 3 attack impacts big name websites.  Next Dimension Data Center clients’ bespoke solutions remained unaffected.

A widespread CenturyLink outage on Aug 31 triggered massive disruption for dozens of websites and services, a list that reportedly included Discord, Hulu, Feedly and Xbox Live.  The CenturyLink outage was identified as the cause of service disruption Sunday at Cloudflare, a web infrastructure and website security provider that keeps websites up and running.

“This was not a Cloudflare-specific outage.  Level 3/CenturyLink was responsible for an outage that affected many internet services, including Cloudflare,” San Francisco-based Cloudflare said in a statement.

The company said that while its automated systems first detected the extensive networking problem, manual intervention from CenturyLink was required because the outage affected all data centers that use CenturyLink for connectivity.


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