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It’s a Big Cloud Computing World Out There

Posted by Douglas Eldridge on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 @ 01:12

 

 

According to a great series on Cloud Computing by Wikibon, the cloud is a way to save a massive amount of money.   It’s also housed in massive data centers that are 6 to 7 times more cost effective than non-cloud data centers. 

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Topics: Cloud Computing

What a CIO Can Do for an SME (Small or Medium Sized Enterprise)

Posted by Douglas Eldridge on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 @ 08:46

As discussed in this month’s previous posts, What Today’s CIOs Should Be Focusing On, When Should Companies Consider Adding a CIO, and 5 Major Areas CIOs Can Help Companies With, a CIO has both a lot to offer but is also expensive.  Large companies wouldn’t be able to get by without someone in the CIO role, but what about small and medium-sized enterprises?  Is an expense like a CIO worth it?  Can a CIO do anything for a small or medium sized company? 

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Topics: CIO Services

5 Major Areas CIOs Can Help Companies With

Posted by Douglas Eldridge on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 @ 11:38

 

A small business usually has to rationalize every expense. Whether you have to pay a new assistant or yourself, every personnel decision you make can make or break your company.  While some hires are absolutely necessary, such as the people who do the heavy lifting on your product or service and the people selling the product or service, some potential hires fall into the 'would be nice, but can I really afford it spectrum'. 

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Topics: CIO Services

When Should Companies Consider Adding a CIO

Posted by Douglas Eldridge on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 @ 02:51

 

The services of a chief information officer (CIO), while vital to a company’s success, aren’t inexpensive.  According to PayScale the average salary of a CIO is $147,858.  Many small companies can’t afford a payroll of $150,000, let alone afford to pay one person that much money.   Of course, there are people willing to work for less for the right fit, the values or quality of life, so you can likely find a person willing to work for less.  CIO is an important enough position, though, where you can’t risk hiring the wrong person to save money, it would be better to not have anyone at all.  With the cost being so prohibitive, when should a company consider adding a CIO?

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Topics: CIO Services

What Today’s CIOs Should Be Focusing On

Posted by Douglas Eldridge on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 10:11

 

Of all the C-level roles, the one that changes the most is chief information officer.  The position came to be in the late 1980s before floppy disks were floppy, before the internet was available to the masses, even before someone could walk into a job interview and the interviewee was just expected to know how to use a computer.  As the information age has progressed new challenges and exciting possibilities have emerged.  A CIO has to be nimble and open-minded, as well as knowledgeable enough to say no when he thinks that costs are obstructive or when there is no need for shiny new objects.

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Topics: CIO Services

Client Success Stories: The Restoration St. Louis Project

Posted by Douglas Eldridge on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 @ 11:12

Restoration St. Louis has been a grass-roots company founded in the 1990s, before the development of full function computer network and cloud backup systems. The aim was to rehabilitate a couple of multi-family buildings as much college student apartment housing. By 2000, the organization had grown to 80 plus employees and expanded into real estate, building design, development and property management. 

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Topics: Business Strategy

Business Continuity Vendor Questions: Off-Site Sync Methods

Posted by Douglas Eldridge on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 09:23

Off-site sync methods are a vital part of any good business continuity vendor. If the vendor you choose doesn't provide this feature or uses inefficient sync methods you are seriously compromising the overall quality of your backup.

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Topics: BDR

Client Success Stories: Kemco

Posted by Douglas Eldridge on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 @ 11:36

Kemco is one of the leading providers of engineering and manufacturing services in the aerospace and defense industries.

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Topics: Cloud Computing

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