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Developing for autoscaling in Azure

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The public cloud (i.e. AWS, Azure, etc.) is often portrayed as a panacea for all that ails on-premises solutions. And along with this “cure-all” impression are a few misconceptions about the benefits of using the public cloud. One common misconception pertains to autoscaling, the ability to automatically scale up or down the number of compute […]

Overcoming barriers to business transformation – reflections on our enterprise survey

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About that business transformation journey that companies are on … what’s really happening? Are companies making real progress toward their transformation goals or are they stuck in a holding pattern? Are they believers or doubters? Leaders or followers? Our recent global survey of business leaders, “Connecting digital islands: Bridging the business transformation gap,” would suggest […]

DreamWorks Animation embraces “transformation as lifestyle”

By Neil Ward-Dutton, IDC As the CG animation studio responsible for the Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Trolls and How to Train Your Dragon franchises, DreamWorks Animation (DWA) is an enormously respected business. In part it has achieved this status by wholeheartedly embracing the need to transform its core processes and operations – over and over […]

Understanding Azure Databricks and resource groups

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Azure Databricks, an Apache Spark-based analytics platform optimized for the Microsoft Azure cloud, is a highly effective open-source tool, but it automatically creates resource groups and workspaces and protects them with a system-level lock, all of which can be confusing and frustrating unless you understand how and why. The Databricks platform provides an interactive workspace […]

Common problems using next-generation firewalls in Azure

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Recently I had to stand up a Next Generation Firewall (NGF) in an Azure Subscription as part of a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). This was a Palo Alto NGF with a number of templates that can help with the implementation (see this Github repository: https://github.com/PaloAltoNetworks/azure-applicationgateway). I had to alter the template so the Application Gateway […]

Data-centric architecture – the platform to focus on the most treasured asset

The value proposition of global systems integrators (GSIs) has changed remarkably in the last 10 years. By 2010, it was the waning days of the so-called “your mess for less” (YMFL) business model. GSIs would essentially purchase and run a company’s IT shop and deliver value through right-shoring (moving labor to low cost places), leveraging […]

Digital transformation threats and opportunities in travel and transportation

In travel and transportation most companies today don’t look at customer journeys as a collaborative exercise. They consider their job done when passengers are delivered safely to their appointed destination for their segment. A railway, for example, may only care that it has moved passengers safely from station A to station B. It ignores the […]

4 ways to ease application migration to the cloud

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Many system integrators and cloud hosting providers claim to have their own unique process for cloud migration. The reality is everyone’s migration process is just about the same, but that doesn’t mean they’re all created equal. What really matters is in the details of how the work gets done. Application transformation and migration requires skilled […]

DevOps’ role in reaping the benefits of microservices

In the world of “one-up” IT, it seems like almost everyone is wanting to understand how to integrate microservices into their solution architecture. And rightly so. The benefits of using microservices are numerous and varied. Let’s examine some of these positives and consider if they can help you solve some of the problems that you […]

Getting Azure tagging fundamentals right

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Tagging is a convenient way to organize resources and manage workloads in Microsoft Azure. While it can be a helpful tool, tagging has its limits and special quirks that must be addressed. What is Azure tagging? It permits you to take resources that have a logical connection, such as their lifetime allocation, and assign metadata […]