KEY ON IT blog

What is Key ON IT blog?

Key ON IT is a weekly blog about emerging trends in the information technology industry. Its lead author, Dr. Elliot King, is a longtime IT editor and Chairman of the  Communication Department at Loyola University Maryland where he  established the school's first digital media lab in 1995.

Contributing author Lief Morin is a self-described tech junkie and, as President of Key Information Systems, serves to ensure that Key Info retains its technological leadership. Lief founded Key Info in 1999 and helped build it into its current position of being a highly successful IBM Premier Business Partner, systems integrator, and Cloud and colocation services datacenter.

Readers will find exceptional posts from the Key ON IT blog featured regularly in Key Info's monthly newsletter, Key INsights, or they can subscribe to the blog by email for free by clicking the button at right.

Tech support: Road Warrior-Style

Posted by on 5 November 2014 | 1 Comments

I was recently in our Orange County office hanging out with one of our great client executives. When I sat down in his office, I closed my laptop while it was still running, as so many road warriors do, assuming that my laptop would go into suspend mode, as road warrior laptops should. The next day, I boarded my flight to Phoenix. Once we passed through the magical 10,000 foot mark and the double ding-ding “safe to use electronic devices” alert sounded, I brandished my laptop it, only to see it display the rudest of behavior and error messages: “Critical battery alert!” It promptly shut off—dead and dead. No work for you! I initially shrugged it off and reached for my second battery in my road warrior bag, only to discover it had gone missing, a mystery I have yet to solve. 

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Changing the Mindset Is the Challenge

Posted by Dr. Elliot King on 15 July 2014 | 0 Comments

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In general, one of the chief responsibilities of CIOs is to ensure that their companies are at the leading edge of technology; without overshooting the mark. The classic image has the CIO surveying the new technology landscape and determining the correct time to take the plunge into Cloud computing, big data, social media, and so on. Once that determination is made, the CIO advocates for the necessary resources and then provides direction for the implementation of the new systems.

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Making Informed Choices About Cloud Storage

Posted by Clayton Weise on 8 July 2014 | 0 Comments

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Choosing a Cloud provider that offers you a choice of either block or object storage can allow you to maximize the speed of your applications when you need it most while minimizing your overall cost. This is an effective way to leverage your Cloud investment.  

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The Software-defined Data Center May Evolve Slowly

Posted by Dr. Elliot King on 2 July 2014 | 1 Comments

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The software-defined data center is a concept whose time still has not quite come but might come soon. And if it does, many people think it will have a dramatic impact. The term first bubbled up in 2012 when VMware suggested that what was being done on servers—virtualization, pooling, and automation—could be done for the entire data center including the network and storage. In this vision, the entire data center would be virtualized, delivered as a service and automated through software.

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More Alphabet Soup as a Service

Posted by Dr. Elliot King on 24 June 2014 | 122 Comments

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Cloud computing has generated more than its fair share of acronyms—generally of the “as-a-service” variety. You know—software as a service, platform as a service, infrastructure as a service, etc. Over the past year or so, however, one more acronym has emerged that may capture and describe at least a part of the huge transformation that the Cloud is sparking in many IT organizations. The acronym is ITaaSB or IT as a Service Broker. As bad as it looks and sounds, it probably will become quite fundamental in the future.

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Key Info Hosts SMAC Business Transformation Forum at GRAMMY Museum

Posted by Chris Smith on 10 June 2014 | 278 Comments

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More than 20 clients, IT managers, IBM Business Partners, and Los Angeles area business owners turned out May 29 for Key Info's first SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud) Business Transformation and Trends Forum co-sponsored by IBM and held at the GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles.

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A Natural Experiment in IT Management

Posted by Dr. Elliot King on 20 May 2014 | 102 Comments

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The troubled roll-out of the health care exchanges associated with the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has provided a natural experiment in IT project management.  When the program was launched last fall, 14 states and the Federal government were supposed to have their Web sites up and running.  It didn’t turn out that way.  

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Peering Around the Corner into SMAC

Posted by Dr. Elliot King on 14 May 2014 | 203 Comments

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So what comes next? That is the question that most IT pundits and other forecasters want to answer. And it is the question that CIOs and other IT managers have to keep in mind when they are deciding what needs to be done now. As is often the case, a cool new buzzword has bubbled up:  SMAC—social, mobile, analytics and Cloud computing.

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The Changing Nature of Business Analytics

Posted by Dr. Elliot King on 6 May 2014 | 0 Comments

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Business analytics has always been the quintessential moving target. Whatever you can do now is never quite enough. What you will be able to analyze soon always seems tantalizingly just out of reach.

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Will Data Breaches Ever End?

Posted by Dr. Elliot King on 23 April 2014 | 0 Comments

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Whenever the topic of data breaches makes it to the front pages of the leading daily newspapers, both metaphorically and literally, it is always bad news.  This past Christmas season we had our stockings stuffed with bad news.  The numbers were just staggering.  Target had 110 million personal records compromised. Nieman Marcus was the victim of a data breach from July 16 until it was detected on October 30. 

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