Most security solutions — from traditional tools such as firewalls to emerging solutions such as Big Data security analytics — are available as premise-based software applications or network-attached appliances, a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS), managed service or part of a complete managed security services (MSS) package
Businesses, schools and healthcare facilities are fighting an ongoing battle to do more with less. For IT departments, this means helping employees be more productive, enabling more efficient delivery of customer products and services and developing cost-cutting technology strategies. Cloud services are a key approach for purchasing and deploying IT services to support these business objectives. Commodity services like email, storage, content management, and web hosting aren’t innovative or business-specific, yet every deployment reinvents the wheel and wastes scarce IT resources on management and administration.
In the public sector it’s all too common to find disjointed IT and procurement “silos,” each with its own separate staff and little to no awareness of other agencies’ strategies and IT spend. But that old-school mentality has become increasingly untenable and unsustainable.
Calls for fundamental IT reform have grown louder as government at all levels comes to grips with a new fiscal reality. Despite the rising intensity of the debate, the discussion has frequently rehashed the same tired and well-worn arguments. Many efforts have been strikingly unoriginal — rearranging staff, delaying capital purchases, instituting layoffs and taking other short-term measures.