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Welcome to MarkoInsights

By | May 1, 2014

Welcome to MarkoInsights, my new online home where you’re all invited to join in what I hope will be a mutually beneficial exploration of the always fascinating world of technology, where the implications for business, personal life and society have never been greater. We collectively are inventing the future and I hope to provide insights into not only what is… Read More »

Using Azure For Backup and Disaster Recovery: Built-In Features Make It Easy

By | October 6, 2016

Backup and redundancy continue to be two of the most common usage scenarios for public cloud — and the reason is simple economics. Renting or building space in a secondary facility for backup is expensive, particularly when there’s a thriving, competitive industry devoted to providing rentable IT infrastructure. Due to its integration with Windows Server, and flexible licensing… Read More »

Using Business Process Management Methodology To Deliver IT-as-a-Service

By | October 6, 2016

In many organizations, the IT department was an evolutionary outgrowth of increased dependence on technology. This meant IT itself was often organized around technologies, not business processes or salable products. The resulting IT silos, marred by intra-departmental finger-pointing and information hoarding, create inefficient operations, poor IT service delivery and slow responsiveness to new service requests. Indeed, IT is… Read More »

3D Graphics as a Service: A Look at AWS Lumberyard

By | October 2, 2016

As AWS continues to evolve, it moves from being an infrastructure as a service provider to a platform for application development and runtime infrastructure. While many AWS back-end services are tailored to the enterprise, other services such as Mobile Hub and Device Farm have commercial uses. And Amazon Lumberyard is the newest among those. On the surface, Lumberyard… Read More »

Functions As A Service: Comparing Offerings From AWS and Azure 

By | October 2, 2016

Despite the advantages of cloud services, such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, they still come with overhead. Whether its virtual servers, object storage buckets or SQL databases, you must provision resources before using them. While that seems like an obvious requirement, it does add cost, time and friction to the cloud experience. But what if the… Read More »

Modernizing Business Applications, Part 1: Overview and Rationale

By | October 1, 2016

In IT, each generational transition has called for modernizing and redesigning applications, business processes and IT infrastructure to exploit new capabilities and efficiencies. This occurred when PCs and LANs usurped the mainframe and drove client-server computing, eliminating expensive hardware and the issue of data scarcity. Innovation happened again when the internet and WANs disrupted client-server computing, and then… Read More »

Amazon RDS Options: Ample Choices For Every Database Scenario

By | September 21, 2016

With scores of different services, AWS can be daunting to new users. Indeed, it exemplifies the paradox of choice, namely that having more options and degrees of freedom creates complexity that makes it harder to make a decision. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the choice of databases. AWS has six database products, including two different relational… Read More »

Bimodal IT Can Help Turn Raw Data Into Information Assets

By | September 20, 2016

The combination of an accelerating rate if data generation and drastic changes in IT infrastructure, software and development environments leaves most organizations unable to keep up with, much less exploit new technologies while also maintaining critical IT business processes. Indeed, an organization’s IT legacy can leave it at a disadvantage to nimble, disruptive new competitors building digital businesses… Read More »

Ransomware Doesn’t Just Target Noobs: The Enterprise Implications of Cyber-Hijacking

By | March 18, 2016

This column initially appeared on Diginomica as Digital Hijackers: The Rising Threat of Ransomware to Business Imagine you are the CEO of a hospital and come in one day to find staff in a panic because they can’t use critical systems like CT scanners, lab test and emergency room equipment or access pharmacy records. That’s precisely the nightmare scenario… Read More »

Critics Oversimplify BiModal IT: Here’s How It Can Transform IT

By | March 17, 2016

The following article was originally published on Diginomica as Bimodal IT is only harmful when oversimplified I’ve been asked and written about bimodal IT a fair bit over the last few months and have come to develop a nuanced view of the concept that doesn’t comport with the dire warnings summarized in an earlier Diginomica column, Gartner’s bimodal… Read More »

The Apple-FBI Imbroglio Offers Lessons For Enterprise IT

By | March 17, 2016

The following article was originally published on Diginomica as Apple-FBI Impasse: A Teachable Moment For Enterprise IT When technology and public policy collide, it invariably creates waves, however in the case of iPhone security versus FBI evidence collection, it’s more like a tsunami. The technical and legal details of the FBI’s case against Apple and the inevitable back-and-forth… Read More »