WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation
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How We Saved $132k a Year With an IT Infrastructure Audit

How We Saved $132k a Year With an IT Infrastructure Audit | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
"Spring cleaning" Buffer with an infrastructure audit has been an educational journey that also saved us a lot of money. Here's a recap of everything we did
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Sharing experience on an IT audit that has proved very successful.

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Trevor Corso's curator insight, October 31, 2016 1:37 PM
Incredible IT makeover!  Definitely audit your infrastructure and you could potentially save your company lots of money.
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Submarine Cable Map shows how interconnected the world is

Submarine Cable Map shows how interconnected the world is | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
TeleGeography's comprehensive and regularly updated interactive map of the world's major submarine cable systems and landing stations.
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Interactive map showing all the underwater cables that carry phone and Internat data trafic. I live in Montreal and I am surprised how "well" the northern Canada region is cabled, given its small population. For comparison, Russia appears empty of cables.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Data networks are an essential part of our ability to conduct business globally (fiber optic cables introduce much less delay than satellite connections for example). If you rely on skype to speak with suppliers in China or friends in Australia, you realize how amazing this infrastructure is.


See here for an animated video of the network: http://uk.businessinsider.com/animated-map-global-fiber-optic-internet-cables-2015-9

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Waterfalls and flywheels: General Motors’ new hyper-green data center also makes economic sense via @ars @gigaom

Waterfalls and flywheels: General Motors’ new hyper-green data center also makes economic sense via @ars @gigaom | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Ars gets a look inside at the first GM-owned data center in nearly 20 years.
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The concept of utility computing is one step closer.


This is important because it means a reversal of 20 years of outsourcing by GM. It also means computing and data are seens as essential components of future growth and innovation at GM.


Outsourcing has allowed GM to shed its "old school" IT resources and replace them with a new breed  that is more cloud friendly, big data savvy. GM needs 100 times less resources to run the new DCs than it did the old ones. And new workers are not unionized.


Going the private cloud way is also an interesting sign, stating that technology is reaching the point where it becomes affordable for large corporations to build their own - even though there is a lot of technology missing that needs to be developed. GM has gone from 23 DCs to 2. Looks like privacy was a big contributing factor as well.


Also worth reading is the gigaOM review of this new datacenter along with an analysis of what this means for other Fortune100 corporations. Paper also states that economics for private cloud mega datacenters is good once you reach a certain scale.

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Aviva case study (video)- Driving Business Transformation with Visual Communications Solutions

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Amazing 60 minute video that highlights both

1- how "demo or die" is the right way to introduce digital business transformations

2- how large organization can go about transforming their intranet and international communications globally, and the business value that it brings

Overall this is a very good presentation delivered by an outstanding presentor that is worth watching, although not all worth listening to.

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