Cloud News Report: Top 3 in Cloud – Week Ending July 31st

July 31, 2013 by Diana Nolting

The Cloud News Report is a weekly list of our top three favorite cloud computing articles from the past week.


Cloud and on-premise applications can co-exist

Hybrid may be the buzzword of the moment, but this Joe McKendrick piece calls out another important factor in compatibility, though it’s one much less talked about. In this ZDNet article, McKendrick reports on the answer to the question asked by a recent Forrester report, “How do you bring on-premise and cloud applications and data together?” Referred to as “next generation hybrid integration,” the article touches on the data uncovered in the Forrester report as well as some basic suggestions to help companies through the hurdles. 

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Why Can’t a CIO be More Like a CFO?

This interesting blog essay posted on the Harvard Business Review by Deborah Juhnke takes a look at what Juhnke views the current role of the CIO to be, and where she thinks it should, or could, be instead. Juhnke uses the traditional role of the CFO as the financial steward of the company to argue that the CIO should not only be the technological steward, a role she feels they often stop at, and instead be the information steward in the company. Juhnke argues information steward takes the role a step farther and is more in line with the initial perceptions of what a CIO should be that were derived in the ‘80s.

Read the full essay here >> 


What to Look for When Hiring an IT Consultant

It’s a big step to hire an outside consultant for your company, and if it’s done incorrectly or hastily, it can have big consequences. This article by Jennifer Lonoff Schiff outlines a number of questions that you should be asking, but may have forgotten about. For example, does the consultant you’re working with have a financial stake in any of the solutions he or she may offer? You should understand that prior to any recommendations if that’s the case.

Read the full list of questions to ask when hiring an IT Consultant >>