Trends and Developments
Get the latest buzz on information technology market trends.
Get the latest buzz on information technology market trends.
By: Jeff Couzens, VP, Market Strategy and Communications We recently had the chance to check in with Dell and they’ve seen the future of storage. They call it PowerStore. — Managing data has become something of a paradox for many organizations. That’s about to change. There isn’t a single infrastructure that can synthesize the vast complexities of data […]
By: Matt Fornito, Head of AI, Trace3
As we continue to see the Healthcare and Financial Services industries advance in artificial intelligence (AI), many other verticals are beginning to follow suit. But like any digitally transformative journey, the AI Maturity Journey requires a deep understanding of your current hardware, software, data, talent, and workflows to know what is necessary to be successful.
By: John Lukavsky, Engagement Architect, Trace3
In 2016 after about four decades of global Internet use, a trillion gigabytes of collective data officially became the first Zettabyte and launched a new era of storage. In four short years, and one pandemic later, the Zettabyte is no longer the largest approved standard size of storage. This is because a Zettabyte takes only days to create enough data to fill— about six if we were to look at the number of Zettabytes expected this year. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) in 2020 alone, the Global DataSphere is likely to hit 59 Zettabytes, and by 2025 they are projecting the amount of global data will grow to 175 Zettabytes, of which will be unstructured data.
By: Tony Naples, Director IAM, Trace3
After endless cost-benefit meetings, business case rewrites and months of organizational readiness activities, your identity and access management (IAM) project is funded, has a staff and a start date. You did everything possible from an organizational readiness perspective to prepare and ensure conditions were set to achieve maximum value. Now you are ready to deploy the solution and following these five steps can help your organization have a successful project launch.
As acceleration of the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile computing continues at an incredible pace, organizations of all sizes are shifting away from traditional notions of perimeter security to an identity-based security approach. As businesses evaluate identity and access management (IAM) products to assist with implementing this approach, the desire to achieve the benefits often quickly overshadows their organization’s readiness to implement an IAM solution to achieve those benefits.
By: Tony Naples, Director IAM, Trace3
Most organizations implement an IAM solution to strengthen their security posture and make the process of managing system access more efficient and cost effective. Determining which business processes are ripe for enhancement or elimination, what processes can be automated, and what new business capabilities can be deployed to take advantage of the IAM solution’s functions and features will create tangible value and visible wins.
By: Matt Fornito, Head of Artificial Intelligence, Trace3
Artificial Intelligence is present in our day-to-day lives and it’s expanding rapidly across enterprises. From Siri to self-driving cars to Netflix’s recommender system, AI is everywhere (heck it’s probably a prize in your cereal box). However, that’s the AI we see and interact with as consumers, known by most citizens for their AI capabilities. But what about the thousands of use cases that are less renowned but integral to organizations? How can organizations — how can your organization transform into leveraging AI? More importantly, what is necessary to not only have AI but to identify and successfully make a large-scale impact?
By John Filitz, Trace3, Senior Research Analyst
The 2020 operating environment has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been reports declaring the advent of a fully remote working world. Some pundits have even made bold proclamations of death for the office.[i] This has been followed by some of the leading employers in Silicon Valley declaring permanence to a fully remote operating model. [ii] For most enterprises however, the certainty of remote work versus the office is not an either or. What is starting to emerge is the adoption of a hybrid workspace operating model.
By John P. Blessing, Trace3, Research Principal
The Zero Trust security mantra is to trust nothing of your Workforce (people), Workplace (devices), and Workloads (applications/data); then watch everything and constantly check and verify changes that occur.
It can be simplified into two simple statements:
Trust Nothing by Default 
Trust is not Permanent 
Micro-segmentation in enterprise networks is an essential part of successfully deploying a Zero Trust security strategy. The path from the perimeter network (north-south) and the internal connection of devices and applications (east-west) are all suspected to have bad actor activity. Continuous monitoring of the segments for normal activity reveals the actions that shouldn’t happen, such as the scanning process of a breached system.
Trace3’s newly-minted Virtual Innovation Summit, scheduled for August 18-20, will feature fresh ideas, innovative trends, and cutting-edge technologies from industry thought leaders. We are taking advantage of a new virtual platform to leverage digital transformation and create meaningful experiences for our clients and partners.
By: Matt Fornito, Head of Artificial Intelligence, Trace3
Artificial Intelligence. We hear the term in the media, the news, and in casual conversations. Continuous bombardments with the promise of AI leaves many people pondering, “What is real AI?”, “Are companies actually utilizing AI today?”, and “What happens if we don’t implement AI?” Moreover, beyond the decision of pursuing AI or not – hint: you should – is an equally important question, what is our current level of AI maturity and what is our goal level?
As we partially emerge from the pandemic lockdown and cautiously reopen physical offices, business leaders are looking to ensure their employees and families are protected from exposure to COVID-19.
When deciding when and how to re-open, decisions made by business leaders play an integral role in supporting employee and public health. The right technology can help maintain increased health and safety guidelines, including daily temperature screenings. Thermal imaging technology has come into the spotlight as an essential tool in facilitating these screenings while serving as part of an overall pandemic business strategy.
By John Filitz, Trace3, Senior Research Analyst
Enterprise IT trends for cloud adoption are accelerating. Synergy Research reports a 37 percent increase in cloud infrastructure spend for Q1 2020 compared to the same period last year. The significant surge in remote working as a result of the pandemic also has resulted in demand spiking for Software Defined-Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) solutions. A recent report (2020) indicates 92 percent of respondents are currently evaluating SD-WAN adoptions.
By: Puneet Lakhanpal, Sr. Data Architect
By: Puneet Lakhanpal, Sr. Data Architect
In the growing world of digital innovation many enterprises are looking to evolve from modern data warehousing to modern data platforms in order to onboard all their data into a single platform. This allows them to create a data marketplace where they can monetize business insights to internal and external partners.
Zero Trust cyber security is a response to the dissolving network perimeter. Authenticating end-user identity via Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) solutions is one of the cornerstones of a Zero Trust cyber security strategy and is also an essential element to prevent unauthorized user access.
By: Bryan Kissinger, Trace3 VP, CISO The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way our world functions, forcing us into a new normal at home and at work. A growing list of companies including Twitter, Google, and Facebook have transitioned their employees to work-from-home indefinitely, while in-person conferences and events have either been cancelled, postponed, or […]
By: Matt Fornito, Trace3 Head of Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence is helping fight the COVID-19 pandemic in a variety of ways, from epidemiologists using AI models to predict the spread of contagion, to Netflix anticipating our homebound entertainment needs. While we can appreciate recommendations for Tiger King versus Ozark, there is no doubt that identifying a cure for COVID-19 is top-of-mind for us all. Providing medical researchers access to AI infrastructure is critical to finding answers for complex scientific questions about the virus and how it affects our bodies.
By Aaron Shaver, Ph.D., CISSP, Trace3 Field CTO
The initial shockwave of the pandemic has passed but many sequential waves remain with additional opportunities and challenges. IT leaders can prepare for these to minimize the downside of these waves, maximize the opportunity to leap ahead and forge a new-normal.
By Aaron Shaver, Ph.D., CISSP, Trace3 Field CTO
Industries have responded to the initial shock of the crisis and begun to adjust business strategies to new ways of managing demand fluctuations and disrupted workforces. Progressive IT leaders look at new ways to accelerate strategic digital transformation initiatives as a means to differentiate their company in a new-normal business environment. Accurate assessment of the long-term impacts, and a focus on disruptive technologies and initiatives, will ensure future business growth.
By Aaron Shaver, Ph.D., CISSP, Trace3 Field CTO
In the last blog we looked at how the COVID-19 crisis has affected industries based on consumer demand and workforce disruption; the subsequent impacts to IT budgets and the need for new, high-velocity strategies and tactics for IT leadership. Through many recent client interviews, we drill into the activities of IT organizations and identify successful adaptations to address changing IT priorities. Now that we are moving through the initial reaction and shock of the crisis, finding mid and long-term solutions is the focus.
By Aaron Shaver, Ph.D., CISSP, Trace3 Field CTO
Not all industries have been uniformly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. This disproportionate impact is due to consumer demand and workforce disruption. Distinct trends emerge, which have a direct impact on IT budgets, and necessitate specific strategic responses from IT leadership.
by Aaron Shaver, Ph.D., CISSP, Trace3 Field CTO, and Mark Campbell, Chief Innovation Officer IT leaders are searching for a “new normal” in their personal and professional lives; adapting to change and finding practical strategies to deal with disruptive challenges. Technology, business, financial and political landscapes are in crisis. Personal lives are thrown into chaos […]
by Brad Bussie, Trace3 Brad Bussie is an award-winning sixteen-year veteran of the information security industry. He is an author, security strategist, and industry thought leader. He holds an undergraduate degree in information systems security and an MBA in technology management. Brad possesses premier certifications from multiple vendors, including the CISSP from ISC2. He has […]
by Darren Boyd, Trace3 Trace3 is a consulting organization that helps enterprises move to the public cloud and build out their hybrid enterprise IT environment. JFrog Artifactory is an enterprise-grade universal artifact repository manager that hosts all of an organization’s binaries. JFrog Artifactory can be either a self-managed solution hosted in the user’s on-premises infrastructure, […]
By: Chris Conley, Trace3 ATG Regional Lead Network security is only as good as your strategy. But how do you know if your strategy is sufficient? The SANS Institute defines Network Security as: “The process of taking physical and software preventative measures to protect the underlying networking infrastructure from unauthorized access, misuse, malfunction, modification, destruction, […]
By: Troy Cogburn, Senior Research Engineer & John Filitz, Research Analyst The adoption of Internet of things (IoT) is continuing to rise and is estimated to reach 50 Billion Devices by 2020. With this comes a great concern of how to make sure we keep all these connected devices secure. The Mirai Botnet attack was […]
by John Filitz, Trace3 Research Analyst Cloud computing is fast becoming a ubiquitous element of enterprise computing. In the short term, the global cloud market is projected to grow at a robust rate of 18% annually, increasing the overall market from $270 billion (2018) to over $620 billion by 2023. This spike in demand […]
By John Wellen, Trace3 Principal Engineer There are many benefits of deploying an Infrastructure as Code Platform with Hashicorp’s Terraform Infrastructure as Code Solution. These benefits can be categorized into the areas of Collaboration, Automation, and Scale. Terraform is an excellent tool to utilize in your organizations cloud deployments for quickly deploying standard cloud […]
By William Kuczmera, Trace3 Solution Architect Relating to most, if not all, the common complaints that come in from customers comes easy to me. I have been the Network Admin who was promised the moon and stars only to be significantly disappointed when the new solution was rolled out. I have been the Delivery Engineer […]
By Jayeeta Ghosh, Trace3 – Senior Data Scientist Deep Learning is sweeping across many industries with applications in all realms of life. Deep learning (also known as deep structured learning or hierarchical learning) is part of a broader family of machine learning methods based on artificial neural networks where learning can be supervised, semi-supervised or unsupervised. Healthcare is certainly not shying away from Deep […]
By David Law, Trace3 Practice Architect – Software Defined Infrastructure Can you say intent-based networks three times fast? DNAC, DNAC, DNAC… If it wasn’t apparent by now, CiscoLive! 2019’s main theme was all about DNA Center (DNAC), as evidenced by the opening keynote by Chuck Robbins and David Goeckler, Cisco clearly is betting big on […]
By Marc Hornbeek, Trace3 Principal Consultant – DevOps October 2019 will mark the 10th anniversary of the first DevOpsDays where “DevOps”, as a word, began to catch on. In the world of Information Technology 10 years is a long time and it is quite evident based on the amount of change that has transpired since […]
Last month, over 1,000 guests flocked to Las Vegas to attend the Evolve Conference, Trace3’s annual 2-day celebration of business and technology. The days were filled with incredible presentations and workshops from business luminaries, Trace3 leaders, customers and partners. Evenings were spent in conversation and networking, closing with our Outlier Award dinner, honoring excellence and […]
By Marat Oyvetsky – PMP, ITILv3, CSP, CSM | Program Director | Trace3 | Post originally appeared on Project Management Institute www.pmi.org Here’s how to streamline and unify executive reporting when leading different types of projects Keeping leadership in the loop on multiple projects is easier when the projects have a lot in common. When initiatives share similar […]
by Sam Fangman, Trace3 Research Analyst Popularized by Gartner in 2017, the term ‘Intent-Based Networking’ (IBN) bounced around the IT community ever since. In its infancy, IBN was more of a broad concept, with the specifics of how to enact the vision still in flux. While there was consensus IBN would be central to the […]
Welcome to Spring and welcome to Part II on ‘Security Spring-Cleaning: Assess & Evaluate for Security Success’ our guide to refreshing old cybersecurity processes with new and better security practices. The National Cyber Security Alliance agrees that springtime is an ideal time to review your existing security posture. “By conducting a digital spring cleaning and […]
Today’s Reality – Disrupt or Be Disrupted. The 2016 Evolve Technology & Leadership conference, found Steve Wozniak (The Woz) presenting on the main stage challenging the audience to find a CDO – Chief Disruption Officer. He said, “Give them space and a healthy budget to tinker and innovate. And maybe one or two of their […]
Despite nationwide snowstorms, blizzards and wind-chill alerts, spring has sprung. We’ve changed our clocks, outlined our March Madness brackets and are gearing up for our annual spring cleaning. For many, that process involves washing windows, clearing out closets and de-cluttering cabinets. But for Trace3’s IT security experts, it means helping our clients achieve the best […]
by Troy Cogburn, Senior Research Engineer, Trace3 The data center is dead…or so claimed experts as recently as two years ago, crowning the cloud champion and king of the modern IT environment. However, these prognostications haven’t proven completely true. While cloud providers have certainly enjoyed great success, data centers also remain key to many environments. […]
Ponemon Institute’s 2018 Cost of a Data Breach report puts the cost of the average data breach to US companies at about $7.91 million (U.S. dollars). Looking ahead, cybercriminals will steal an estimated 33 billion records in 2023, up from 12 billion records in 2018, according to a 2018 study from Juniper Research. As consumers, […]
Companies of all sizes are outsourcing to qualified and certified security experts in response to cybersecurity threats and challenges. With eight decades of combined IT security expertise, our dedicated team works to identify and address risks early, deploy IT resources efficiently, and protect the environment and data prudently. We apply the industry’s most forward-thinking solutions […]
“The global managed services market was valued at USD 155.91 billion in 2017, and is expected to reach USD 296.38 by 2023, witnessing a CAGR of 11.32% during the forecast period, 2018-2023.” Long the go-to scapegoat for budget overruns, is it time for the marketing team to happily hand the cost-center baton to their IT […]
Exploring the emergence of the Time-Series Database by Sam Fangman, Trace3 Research Analyst Long a mainstay of data management, numerous advances over the past decade have pushed database technology toward exciting new realms. Optimized solutions now utilize a variety of hardware platforms to store and analyze data in different ways, with in-memory and graph […]
by Marc Hornbeek and Imran Chaudhari Without proper consideration given to security best practices, the continuous delivery of software changes facilitated by DevOps is risky. On the other hand, DevOps provides an opportunity to reduce security risks if security is integrated into the continuous delivery pipeline according to best practices This blog enumerates best practices […]
“Employees are a company’s greatest asset – they’re your competitive advantage.” Anne M. Mulcahy According to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report, which analyzes security incidents, again reported that humans continue to be a weak link that led to many of the compromises. That means your employees represent a significant risk when you consider ‘phishing” […]
By Sam Fangman, Trace3 Research Analyst Over half of our data today is not being used. Can emerging tech help bridge the gap? According to a recent report, 85% of today’s data is not used. While a third is due to redundant, obsolete, or trivial data, 52% of all data is considered ‘dark data’, or […]
The number of cybersecurity breaches is on the rise in the Unites States with 668 data breaches reported for H1 2018 exposing over 22 Million records according to Statista. And total costs are up 6.4% over the previous year to $3.86 million per IBM/Ponemon Study. Criminals are becoming more persistent and inventive, adding new methods […]
For such a complex and multifaceted spectrum of technologies, “Internet of things” is truly an underwhelming term for an overwhelming trend. What exactly is it? At its most basic level, the Internet of Things (or IoT) is the idea of the Internet connecting devices that are switched on. Think: cell phones, smart TVs, and wireless […]
By Marc Hornbeek and Eric Glasser, Trace3 While it is true you can easily “containerize” nearly any software quite quickly, this alone will not realize the benefits of an effective container deployment. Those that are serious about containers will do well to learn from others. This blog enumerates nine pillars of best practices for containers. […]
It’s the fall season of an even-numbered year, and those of us in the United States know what that means: election time. In 2018, we’re facing the much-anticipated Midterm Elections. These elections typically see smaller voter turnout and media coverage, although, ironically, one vote has greater impact in smaller elections. Where will the votes go? […]
by Chris Nicholas | Principal Cloud Solutions Architect – Azure | Cloud Solutions Group Well I’m ignited. Or re-ignited. The wealth and breadth of ‘what’s new’ announcements at Ignite 2018 in Orlando has been astonishing. Let’s get to the good stuff shall we? Here is a breakdown of some of my favorite news, but not […]
At Trace3 we value strong leadership that inspires, innovates, and facilitates great work. That’s why we embrace working with game-changing CIOs supporting their day-to-day business requirements and celebrate them during our annual Evolve Tech Conference. Great leaders come from multiple industries, backgrounds, and areas of expertise and apply thoughtful strategies that transcend technology and time […]
When migrating applications from an old system to a new one, CIOs know that the physical move is not the most daunting task. Getting the entire team, both business and technical, aligned and up to speed is where success for the project is made. The CIO needs to be the first team member committed to […]
Some would contend predicting the future can be a purely right brain exercise. With the proper amount of imagination, anyone can dream up a scenario, throw it in play, and hope for the best. However, when you add in access to historical patterns and relevant data, that prediction can cross into left brain territory, with […]
By David Ishmael – Director IT Operations Analytics at Trace3 Most people already know that Henry Ford founded Ford Motor Company, one of the largest automakers in the world, and revolutionized the auto industry by introducing mass production. You may not know that Ford lacked a formal education, which was uncommon during the early 1900’s, […]
Artificial intelligence is taking over the headlines, and for good reason. New, confusing, and taking the tech world by storm, artificial intelligence is being used within the programming framework of everything from smart homes to robots. The concept of artificial intelligence is simple: machines develop their own intelligence and can “learn” and adapt to newer […]
It’s estimated that over 40 million lawsuits are filed every year in the United States. Litigation. A painful and inevitable burden for most businesses. Statistics show that somewhere between 36%-53% of small businesses are involved in at least one litigation in any given year. And more staggering is that 90% of all businesses are engaged […]
Trace3 had the honor of profiling the most outstanding Outliers in the industry at our Evolve Tech Conference and again on our blog pages. These leaders shine in both B2B and B2C environments, and apply their knowledge and experiences within their own organizations. They’re open to new ideas, decisive in their planning and empower their […]
Everyone is chasing after “the secret to success,” but Michael McGibbney has built a career out of it. As the Senior Vice President of Service Delivery and Operations at SAP SuccessFactors, McGibbney works to ensure that SuccessFactors’ clients implement the ideal human capital management system for their organization’s needs, all across the Cloud. SAP SuccessFactors […]
Successful technology leaders are creative, communicative, business-minded and consistently balance the demands of quarter and year-end goals with available digital solutions. They are innovative and thoughtful, they work to bridge the gaps in multifaceted organizations to streamline team communication. They openly hear everyone’s perspectives. And of course, they stay on top of current developments in […]
We often speak about the value of a transformative cloud computing strategy – one that enables organizations to innovate and scale quickly. One that’s optimized for a company’s specific needs. And one that ensures companies transition their data with confidence to grab that competitive edge. Enter Paul Chapman – harnessing the power and potential of […]
Bryan Kissinger, PhD, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer of Banner Health was an impressive member of our list of 2018 Outlier Award nominees. With over 30 hospitals and facilities in six states, Banner Health is a $6B organization generating enormous amounts of sensitive and private data from patients, employees, and systems infrastructure. As […]
An incredible leader and enthusiastic game-changer, Ravi Nekkalapu, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Information Technology at Drive Shack, is this week’s featured 2018 Outlier Award Nominee. For those not yet familiar, Drive Shack is a premier golf entertainment center based in Orlando, Florida catering to all ages and levels of play. But it’s far […]
Ransomware is quickly becoming one of the most damaging forms of malware in recent memory. Imagine your file system encrypted and held for ransom, with no guarantee that paying the ransom will provide the necessary means to decrypt and restore the files. You are, after all, dealing with criminals. The question remains, how do you […]
Michelle R. McKenna-Doyle, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the National Football League, was one of the esteemed nominees for our coveted 2018 Outlier Award. She is an incredible leader with a versatile skillset empowering her to navigate, innovate and impact one of the most prominent and respected sports organizations with ease. Michelle […]
Terry Dembitz was hailed as an Outlier Award Finalist by Trace3 at their annual leadership and technology Evolve conference on May 9, 2018. Terry is a visionary leader who is more than worthy of the prestigious Outlier Award. She serves as Vice President of Information Technology at Western Digital, which develops innovative, data-driven products that […]
You’re up earlier than usual this morning but you’re not heading to the office. Together with friends you’re headed to the golf course. You’ve gotten in plenty of practice and your bag is prepped with plenty of golf balls, some tees, a ball marker, a ball retriever, and other necessary items. Six hours later you’re […]
Everyone wants to be a part of the “next big thing.” From Facebook to iPhones to WiFi, we have seen it all. We’ve witnessed how being first can trump being the best when it comes to success in the digital age, and know that cybersecurity can trump capital when it comes to long-term sustainability. You […]
Since its inception in 2008, Trace3’s Evolve Conference has become the premiere conference for the tech community to discuss strategy, innovation, and technology. Some of the hottest tech, industry veterans, futurists, and business leaders have shared the Evolve main stage and breakout sessions. Past speakers include Steve Wozniak of Apple, Guy Kawasaki of Canva, Gene […]
“Twinning!” is often exclaimed by fashionistas who think and dress alike. But the tech crowd? Surprisingly, yes! ‘Digital twins’ are rising in popularity, and for good reason: Gartner named it one of the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for this year. The technology will enable organizations to better understand, predict and optimize making digital twins […]
Organized crime. Insider intel. Blackmarket rings – These terms sound like they belong in a Hollywood movie or history book, not at work! But unfortunately for CIOs, they are becoming commonplace lingo around the office. We are a quarter of the way into the year and still managing a new swoop of technologies, each with […]
If you ask any high profile Chief Information Officer for some buzzwords surrounding our decade’s tech landscape, ‘big data’ and ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) are likely to come up pretty early in their list. And they live up to the hype – big data and IoT analytics, when done right, can push companies to the […]
Think back to your spending habits in 2017. If you broke your New Year’s Resolution and went online shopping, you were certainly at risk of having your data breached. In fact, you’ve probably been a victim at some point. In October, for instance, 123,000,000 records were found to be accessible from Amazon – that’s almost every household […]
Big Data is a Big Deal. From IT firms to insurance companies to national security organizations, everything is thinking big. So where does AI come in? In simple terms, data is getting so big that organizations resorting to human management alone will find themselves very quickly out of time and money. Artificial intelligence and big […]
GDPR is a pervasive topic in social media, news outlets, marketing materials, professional conferences, and even vendor marketing materials. Given the complexity of the topic, there’s been some confusion regarding certain items within the regulation. This post will attempt to decipher a few of the more common myths. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was […]
by Stephanie Hannah Director of Strategic Marketing, Trace3 In the constant evolving world of technology, the opportunities for technology-focused conferences like Evolve are enhancing the overall experience of attendees, which are boundless. How do we leverage the potential of the latest developments in this setting while still prioritizing face-to-face time? 1. DO provide an Event […]
“Complying with GDPR is not optional. If your organization controls or processes personal data on natural persons in the European Union, GDPR almost certainly applies to you.” RSA 2018 No one likes looming deadlines. You might have a sticky note on your monitor or a reminder on your white board but sometimes it’s easier to […]
On November 9th, 2017, Forbes writer Gil Press released an article containing 10 predictions for Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and Analytics in 2018. A few months later, we at Trace3 reflect on these with an update on 5 topics presented as well as our own commentary: 25% of enterprises will supplement point-and-click analytics with conversational […]
by Justin Ryall, Trace3 Engineering ‘Out-of-the-Box’ – What’s the Ideal? Though the convenience of an out-of-the-box solution sounds ideal, most often, it’s the exception, not the rule. In fact, based on our experience, out-of-the-box products/software can probably meet about 70% of the customer needs – then, the business needs to find a solution to fill […]
Do you ever wonder how security professionals come up with predictions for the coming year? Many of us do massive amounts of research. Others go with a gut feel on where they think the trends are taking us. Rumor has it that some have functional scrying devices. What will 2018 bring us in the way […]
Congratulations! Your company has decided to give back to the community through corporate contributions. In many organizations, the leadership for this role lands on the communications director, but the CIO is not off the hook! Information technology can enhance your corporate giving strategy and provide the resources to make a much bigger impact. Through events, […]
At its most basic level, technology is about streamlining the exchange and circulation of information. Even Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, finds that it boils down to this: “I think the internet is really good in general because it helps people get access to more information.” Why, then, does the digital component of business […]
New Year, New Tech, New You? It’s looking like this will absolutely be the case. A new year means a herd of new technologies hitting both the consumer and business markets. Whilst CIOs should always be keeping an eye out for new hardware, software, and industry trends, the beginning of a new quarter is a […]
Around this time of the year, many of us are hurriedly updating our Amazon Wishlists in time for the holidays – because you give a little, you get a little, right? When you’re not deciding what you want under the tree, we recommend creating a work wish list of goals. Unlike your wish list on […]
For many clients, Cloud costs can sneak up in unexpected ways. Data from different accounts that are not being streamlined? Increase! Unnecessary storage taking up space, putting you just over your subscription bracket? Increase! Forget to close a temporary proof of concept app? Again, your organization will have to foot the bill. Migrating to the […]
Companies across the globe are preparing to comply with strict new rules regarding protection of personal data belonging to EU citizens. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is expected to set a new standard for consumer rights with respect to their data. GDPR is focused on privacy-centric requirements, such as mandatory record keeping, the right to be forgotten, […]
It’s no secret that anyone with a three-letter acronym as a job title probably holds a lot of influence. Think: CEO, CFO, and, yes, CIO. The best of these leaders are game-changers. They make good decisions quickly. They are constantly learning. They set a positive tone that the rest of the team embraces. They diligently […]
For those of us in the United States, Thanksgiving is fast-approaching, and the following day, Black Friday, is almost as cherished. So much so, in fact, that many Americans consider it to be another holiday of sorts. Black Friday has a fascinating history rooted in social, cultural, and economic global changes, but its evolution is […]
“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” This question always hits where it hurts: off-putting for an individual, but terrifying for an organization. That’s why more teams are implementing enterprise project management (or EPM for jargon-junkies). Enterprise project implementation is a new way to accomplish organization-wide goals effectively while still being detail-oriented within departments. […]
The role of the Chief Information Officer has changed almost as rapidly as the technology that they operate. While they used to be focused on maintaining computer hardware, CIOs have now transferred that power to the user and instead concentrate on cybersecurity strategy. The role has again become more complicated with the shift to Detection […]
Whether it be Apple integrating it into customers’ data storage options, or India’s IT businesses taking advantage of a 1.9 billion dollar market, it seems that everyone has their head in the Cloud. With increasing issues surrounding traditional big data storage options, it is easy to see why. On-premise hardware solutions do not account for […]
Admit it, you’re not sure what you think about Apple’s new Face ID feature. Is it a gateway to a real “Big Brother,” or just the natural next step in personal device security? The feature comes in succession to Apple’s fingerprint-scanning feature, Touch ID, which was released on the iPhone 5S model. Both updates spawned […]
When was your first time? Was it when you read ‘I Robot’ (1950; a collection of short stories by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov)? Watching 2001 Space Odyssey (1968; film by Stanley Kubrick). Or was it when you purchased a Roomba vacuum cleaner in 2005, played ‘Middle Earth – Shadow of Modor” in 2014, or […]
Trace3 was proud to be a Gold Sponsor, exhibitor, trainer of the DevOps Institute leadership certification course, and newest partner of CloudBees at the CloudBees Jenkins World 2017 event in San Francisco August 28-31, 2017. Jenkins World 2017 attracted 54 sponsors/exhibitors – an 80% increase over 2016. The growth of interest in this event demonstrates […]
We’re not immune to the power of a good buzz word. We confess to having talked, written and Power-pointed our way through “purpose-built” and “globalization,” to “paradigm shift” and “fully-integrated synergy”. Yes, some are more painful than others. But the reality is that for every unfulfilled buzzword that grates on our last nerve, come others […]
I will continue to echo everyone else in that the biggest spectacle for this year’s VMworld was vSphere on AWS. There was definitely a lot of interest in how IT could move services into AWS, however I was more impressed on how VMware was able to execute and truly demonstrate how a “cloud” is expected […]
VMworld this year was centered highly around how VMware will partner with AWS. At the conference, VMware announced limited availability of VMware Cloud on AWS in the US-West-2 region. From someone who is a VMworld alum, I was excited about all the AWS content added to the schedule for 2017 and it shows the effort […]
As revealed by a recent survey, only enterprises that implement an “all-in” approach to DevOps achieve the results of best-in-class enterprises seen in the 2017 State of DevOps Report. Total DevOps approaches DevOps transformations holistically, integrating the full breadth of your DevOps value chain as well as the many stakeholders across your organization that must […]
IT Operations Analytics (ITOA) is the practice of utilizing data science principles to perform pattern discovery, correlation, anomaly detection, and root cause analysis against data collected from underlying infrastructure and applications. To fully appreciate the value proposition of ITOA, you must go back in time to witness the transformation and evolution of Operations. In the […]
As organizations embrace digital transformation they face an entirely new set of challenges related to securing vital systems and information. Cyber attacks are on the rise and what businesses are experiencing can be compared to the days of the wild west. Policing booming cities was often in the hands of a sheriff and a handful […]
Attending tradeshows and conferences is a standard practice for business professionals in every industry. If you are in the technology industry, it seems you could quite honestly find a conference or vendor specific event to attend every week. If you plan your agenda well prior to any given conference, you most definitely can gather good […]
The time for virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality is arriving quickly. In many ways, it’s already here. Phones will give way to glasses, which will give us the ability to watch video and read text with little to no wasted motion, and even to know in detail something as simple as where a […]
Trace3, the Transformative IT Authority, presented its 1st Annual Denver Innovation Award at the recent Taste of Innovation event on March 2nd, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The award recognizes innovative approaches to solving business problems within the Denver market with considerations around how people, process and technology can be enabled to digitally transform the business. […]
by Marc Hornbeek My blog, “7 Pillars of DevOps,” identified seven essential best practices areas that make up successful DevOps. One of the seven pillars is continuous integration (CI). The blog explained that the pillars are not silos, but rather foundations that need to be kept in balance. A well-balanced CI implementation performs integrations that […]
Trace3, the Transformative IT Authority, received the highest honor from Cisco as the U.S. West Partner of the Year. Trace3 was also distinguished as the U.S. West Architectural Excellence Collaboration Partner of the Year for 2016. Cisco announced all the award winners this week during the annual Cisco Partner Summit in San Francisco. “It gives […]
Women in technology has been a much discussed, researched, and addressed issue for years in our beloved industry. Many groups and businesses are working to promote, attract, and retain women in technology. A straight-forward and valuable approach to ensure young women choose a career path in technology is through higher education. An organization with a […]
Without good design practices, a DevOps implementation has no hope of delivering on its promise of accelerating innovation with high quality and scale. Anyone who has been a designer knows that good design for DevOps is easier said than done. My blog, “7 Pillars of DevOps,” identified seven essential best practices areas that make up […]
IT-as-a-Service: The Art of Aligning to Business Outcomes By John Wellen, Principal Consultant – Trace3 More and more IT Organizations competing in today’s digital economy are considering IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) and enterprise transformation initiatives to compete with Amazon Web Services, and similar services offered by Google, and Microsoft Azure and other cloud-based IT service providers. The […]
Collaborative culture is considered to be an essential best practice for enterprises.
As indicated by the “2016 State-of-DevOps Report,” multiple compelling enterprise business performance improvements provided by well-built DevOps solutions are driving IT transformations for development and operations across many industries. While some enterprises have implemented DevOps to gain near-term efficiency benefits, DevOps is becoming a competitive essential for all enterprises to implement DevOps. Enterprises that fall […]
Moving from an in-house computing framework to a cloud computing solution is a big leap for many businesses to make. However, there are significant benefits to cloud computing for reducing operating costs, improving security and maintaining better hardware.
Technology has always been a driver of innovation. This is truer now than ever before, with advancements in resource planning and data management making big waves in the business IT world. Research by Mckinsey Insights revealed eight primary attributes present in various high performing business model and product innovations. Here, we’ll review each attribute, its role in innovation, and […]
Cloud computing has become a staple of the business world, superseding all barriers between operations, IT, and management. There are some complex issues that have become apparent in the process. Here are five challenges that companies can expect to encounter when planning their future cloud computing projects and how to successfully overcome them. Relevancy – The […]
IT is a tightly integrated part of business- the goals technology seeks to accomplish are often the same as the company itself. What it really comes down to is that IT initiatives should align with business goals to provide the context and channels for organization-wide success. Let’s take a look at some of the most […]
Trace3, along with our partners, are hosting a series of innovation events to take a look inside Big Data, Security, and Emerging Technology.
Big Data has evolved to be a necessity for enterprises that wish to remain competitive.
The Outlier Award was awarded to Bill Schlough, Senior Vice President and CIO of the San Francisco Giants. Schlough was honored with this prestigious award because of his determination to provide business enablement, to apply transformative technology, and to establish a culture of innovation.
More than 700 tech leaders shared a sense of camaraderie and optimism at Trace3’s eighth annual Evolve Conference, held at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas on Jan. 27-29. Trace3 CEO Tyler Beecher kicked things off with an inspiring keynote speech in which he declared that CIOs must act or be acted upon. The […]
Earlier this week, at the company’s AppSphere event, Trace3 was honored to be presented as AppDynamic’s 2015 North American Partner of the Year.
By Kevin Martin, Solution Architect, Trace3 | Trace3 has recently been in discussions with a company called Workspot, whom I feel can make a significant impact in the virtual desktop space.
Technological advancements will always come with a swath of diehard holdouts nipping at their heels. Cloud Computing, however, that is proving to be neither useless or a waste of time.
So it’s that time of year again, when the masses from around the country gather together in San Francisco for one of the most exciting tech conferences – VMware’s own VMworld.
Trace3 is excited to announce that we will be at the Gartner Catalyst Conference in San Diego next week, August 10-13. We invite you to visit with us if you’ll be in attendance.
By Ryan Lynn, Principal Technologist, Trace3 | Emerging technology, Cloud, and Big Data were all key themes at Cisco Live this year. If I was forced to summarize it into one word: change.
By leveraging Trace3 and EMC’s ViPR Controller, provisioning tasks and centralizing and automating the management of your storage in the cloud can be a reality for your company.
Trace3 relies on and partners with companies whose products are of the highest quality and whose technologies have proven success. It’s for these reasons that we work closely with Cisco and their ACI solution, which is one of the main focuses at Cisco Live.
Handling a Big Data infrastructure is one of the biggest challenges that today’s businesses are facing – in fact, as noted in a recent discussion by Dell, it’s only going to get worse as time goes by. Fortunately, there are several things a business can do to build a Big Data infrastructure that’s ready for the future.
Your Data Is Growing. Hear how to leverage Commvault and AWS for data lifecycle management. In this age of rapid data growth and stretched capacity requirements, CommVault and Amazon Web Services have teamed up to deliver a cost effective data management solution with lower operational costs, reduced complexity and a reduced security risk to business-critical […]
vRealize Operations Insight is a unified management solution for performance management, capacity optimization, and real-time log analytics, using predictive analytics leveraging both structured and unstructured data, for proactive issue avoidance and faster problem resolution. Join Trace3 and VMware to see how VMware vRealize™ Operations™ delivers intelligent operations management across physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures—from VMware vSphere® and Hyper-V to Amazon […]
At Trace3, we take being a leader in business innovation seriously. Every day we use technology to solve real business problems, and our teams of experts are focused on one thing- our clients. As we’ve worked to increase this focus, we’ve noticed two interesting things about people. The first is everyone wants to feel like […]
In a world of ever-changing apps, today’s network needs to be incredibly agile.
Enabler or obstacle? Rob Nolan, Trace3 Practice Architect has an opinion.
It’s hard to believe that as little as 5 years ago, managing services through cloud connectivity was a matter of great debate. Looking back, it’s easy to see that life in the professional infrastructure needed a way to improve.
View the Webinar on how Delphix for AWS can Eliminate Data Risks, Decrease Monthly Costs, and Achieve Data Governance Cloud deployments are rapidly becoming not just feasible but essential for everyone from small startups to large, established organizations. Leveraging Delphix for Amazon Web Services can help you: Move databases and other enterprise-grade applications to the cloud with […]
By Chad Cardenas, Chief Innovation Officer, Trace3 I surely have not been alone in watching the demise of the IT sales model over the past several years, and I believe the time has come to officially declare it broken and possibly beyond repair in its current state. I say this with trepidation because my company […]
Here at Trace3, we approach Big Data a little differently- we see it as a valuable business-enabling tool. When leveraged correctly, this data empowers companies to make business-focused decisions and allows them to be agile based on organizational trends.
The 3 Things Wrong With Your Database…and How Flash Can Help webinar Databases have historically been tricky beasts to tame. Their requirements vary wildly, and even trained individuals struggle to keep them tightly managed. The slightest hiccup in performance can result in a domino effect causing your applications to suffer, and ultimately, your business. Why not […]
This story was originally published by Information Week on 8/18/2014 by Sandy Salty VP, Education Services at Trace3 As an FYI Trace3 Will be hosting it’s first ever Organizational Health Webinar October 29th —- Internal politics can jeopardize the success of IT projects. Here’s how to maximize morale, encourage teamwork, and foster a healthier organization. […]
Login Now to view the On-Demand Webinar Are you ready for a cloud fit test? Are you looking to virtualize more and make the transition to the cloud? Do you want to understand your current performance and capacity levels and how much further you can push them? NetApp® OnCommand™ Insight provides performance, capacity, and configuration management, […]
With all the buzz about the Cisco acquisition of MetaCloud, we thought it would be a good time to remind everyone that Trace3 has been a fan of the solution for quite some time and was one of the is one of only 2 firms that MetaCloud trusts to offer it’s solution. I know it’s […]
Transform the complexities in the retail and e-commerce business such as the growing volume of data, unforeseen spikes in business and payment processing into key business advantages- learn how in our latest live webinar.
Today, data management is not only an important competency for organizations, but also a crucial differentiator that can determine market winners and losers. Web pioneers are innovating the way data is managed and Fortune 1000 companies and government bodies are adopting Big Data.
Big news out of OC as The Orange County Business Journal Published 2 stories that featured Trace3. The first was the OCBJ Fastest-Growing OC Private Companies list. Trace3 ranked 9th on the annual list of large OC companies, drawn from a total list of 174 Fast-Growth OC firms. The second is an interview with our […]
The “as-a-service” model, which delivers IT functionality through a hybrid Cloud computing infrastructure, is gaining more and more attention as organizations implement software, infrastructure, platform, and storage services instead of local or on-site solutions.
One possible solution to solve preconceived notions surrounding the Cloud is the Hybrid Cloud – a setup where information is stored in both private and public cloud environments.
This latest Data Science Central Webinar Event focuses on Hadoop as a solution for Big Data infrastructures, and covers deployment best practices, scalability, robustness, flexibility, and more.
90% of the data generated in the next decade will be unstructured yet most of today’s databases are built to handle structured data. NoSQL provides one alternative. By Troy Cogburn – Trace3 Contributor What is NoSQL? NoSQL (Not only SQL) is an emerging open-source database approach that uses a schema-less design and distributed architectures […]
Technology impact report highlights the need for technology partners who offer innovative solutions to business challenges.
It’s a BYOD to work world. Everyone has forgotten about their M-TV and now wants their WWW. And thanks to the SaaS market, more and more business communication is moving away from company infrastructure and networks.
What I’m looking forward to seeing at this years VMworld By Kevin Martin VMware Technical Lead, Trace3 —— Here we are in July already and less than two months away is one of the biggest tech conferences of the year, VMworld – hosted by none other than VMware. I’m excited on many levels to get […]
In the last two years the buzz term “big data” has become nearly as popular as SEO. Enterprise professionals (from sales and marketing to business executives alike) have been recognizing the advantages of big data and its innovative infrastructure.
Trace3 recognized as a strategic partner able to deliver end-to-end Amazon Services Irvine, CA. July 10, 2014: Trace3, a pioneer in business transformation solutions, today announced it has achieved membership in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Channel Reseller Partner Program. “Achieving AWS Reseller status is another step forward for Trace3 and our partnership with AWS. […]
Join us as we take a look at three of the fundamental elements of a successful Big Data initiative. These three items, commonly referred to as the “3 V’s,”
are volume, velocity, and variety. Each category requires its own technology for handling data processing and storage functionality.
Join Trace3, an industry leading Business Transformation Partner, as we discuss and demonstrate the benefits of the Trace3 All Flash Data Center.
Recently, CIO magazine ran a story on the VC Briefing that Trace3 set up with Chris Laping, CIO of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, last summer.
Here at Trace3, we’re especially excited to announce that the nominations for the upcoming 2015 Outlier Award are now open.
Trace3 joined forces with Data Science Central to host a hugely successful webinar on automating the deployment and management of Hadoop clusters, as well as overcoming cluster management challenges.
This past week, Trace3 represented at Hadoop Summit 2014 in San Jose. We were there in full force to meet, greet, and network with over 65 sponsors and exhibitors, 3000 Hadoop enthusiasts, and 1100 companies.
Big Data innovation is an important initiative here at Trace3. It’s a critical focus for the companies we work with, and it’s a defining advantage for the organizations of today. We devote a significant amount of time and resources to researching the best technologies available, and we are committed to engaging appropriate skillsets to support […]
Trace3 is proud to host the upcoming Phoenix VMware Users Group (VMUG) meeting on June 10th starting at 12:30pm in the Trace3 Phoenix office. Meet with fellow VMware users to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technologies.
End User Computing (EUC) with VMware Horizon View offers an opportunity to use best in class solutions for establishing a virtual desktop infrastructure easily deployed, scaled, managed, secured and backed up.
Since working in Big Data, one of the most prevalent use cases we have seen for the use of it’s technologies is gaining value from Machine Generated data.
Trace3 is eager for the start of the 7th annual Hadoop Summit this week in San Jose, California.
Cisco Live 2014 has come and gone and the Trace3 team attended in force the 25th annual edition of the network centric related conference. In my opinion the most important tech conference of the year. And I’ll tell you why. Times are a changing and Cisco is on a roll. You can feel it. From […]
Trace3 constantly strives to provide innovative solutions
Upon telling the crowd he was expecting a third child, a comic asked, “do you know what that feels like? Imagine you’re drowning, and then someone hands you a baby.” Starting a business presents a similar quandary.
Please join Bret MacInnes, Practice Manager UCS/FlexPod at Trace3, and Ron Graham, Data Center Architect at NetApp, who will explain how a simplified, flexible data center architecture can help you stop doing things the old way and become a true service provider to the business.
Assured Service Delivery – Emergence of a New Market by Tim Coats, Director of Innovation Research For decades services were delivered by a company’s IT organization using assets they owned and controlled. There was no sneaking the old terminal out to the local coffee shop to access the company’s inventory control system via the free […]
Recap of the 2014 Trace3 Arizona Golf Event By Paul Wiederkehr, Trace3 Trace3 celebrated the 8th annual Arizona Golf Tournament without a hitch or should I say hook? Together with our customers and partners, we spanned out across every hole on the golf course preparing to drive, chip, and putt our way to victory. Compared […]
2 weeks ago Trace3 released the results of it’s Q1 CIO Survey. Business Solutions Magazine and CIO Insight both ran stories on the Survey. Below are links to those Stories. CIOs Face Internal Hurdles in Innovation Efforts By Dennis McCafferty , CIOinsight.com While overall interest in tech innovation remains high within today’s organizations, CIOs are […]
However you’re delivering your applications—on premise, cloud, or hybrid—the user experience is still the most important consideration.
Today Trace3 opened up the Irvine office bright and early to welcome Palo Alto Networks and our mutual customers to a ½ day technical deep dive lab experience.
Trace3 is proud to announce that we were voted the 11th best place to work in Denver, Colorado.
For most organizations, developing a cloud strategy is no longer a matter of “if,” but a matter of how. The right cloud strategy can significantly reduce costs, offer instant scalability, and improve business agility.
In August 16, 1896 a Yukon trapper named “Skookum Jim” discovered gold on the banks of Bonanza Creek. Word finally reached Seattle and San Francisco a year later triggering the Klondike Gold Rush
Trace3, a leading Evolution Partner in the technology industry for advanced IT solutions, announced today being honored at the annual Cisco Partner Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada with two Cisco Partner Summit Awards.
By now you must be familiar with the term “Big Data”, but are you familiar with all of the benefits it can bring to your organization?
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David Anderson’s top-down support for an aggressive IT transformation allows CH2M HILL to truly operate as a global company. Under David’s leadership, the overall discussion of IT has shifted from cost to value, ultimately mitigating business risk and strengthening relationships with clients.
Trace3 has launched a new technology innovation program that brings together Trace3 clients, venture capitalists (VCs), and technology entrepreneurs.
Judy Batenburg, VP of IT Infrastructure at Starz Entertainment, strives to make IT relevant to the business. Her goals of achieving operational excellence and building credibility sets the stage to proactively solve tomorrow’s problems. Judy is a true Outlier in every sense of the word.
Jamie Cutler, VP & CIO of QEP Resources, Inc., focuses on company culture, clearly articulating his goals and drafting a core values statement embracing operational excellence, teamwork, communication, and agility. He has successfully transformed the company’s IT operations from a cost center into a world-class IT organization.
VP, Global Platform at Sony Computer Entertainment America, Charles Connoy and his team are continually pushing the boundaries of technology making game creation and hosting faster, easier, and more cost efficient.
Farmers Insurance CIO, Shohreh Abedi, combines hands-on technical acumen with visionary leadership and has the people skills to engage her team on a human level—all characteristics which have combined to make Shohreh a leader in innovation. We honor Shohreh as an Outlier Award finalist.
Watch video to learn more about Greg Reischlein CIO 2014 Outlier Finalist
“Moving at the speed of business” is a phrase often used to refer to the growing pace of today’s world.
Skyhigh was a NEW Tech for last years Event. They are back this year for an update.
Watch Kyle Wong’s introduction to PIXLEE
Watch Jay Kapllin introduce SYNACK
Watch Joe Sexton Introduce APPDYNAMICS
Watch Phu Hoang’s intro to DATA TORENT
DirecTV CIO Mike Benson meets with venture capitalist and startups twice each year to find information technology innovation.
Watch Chad Cardenas, Chief Innovation Officer of Trace3
Trace3 Customer Mike Benson from DirecTV takes the stage at our annual event to discuss IT: Strategy to Execution
Watch Patrick Lencioni present organizational health
Hey, what is the Open Compute Project (OCP)? OCP is a YAOST (“Yet Another Open-Source Thingme” – my term).
Watch Manu Thapar and Hayes Drumwright intro to POP
Watch Anoj Willy intro to the Trace3 Cloud Practice
Sports (and Sports Movies) teach us the best Leadership Lessons