Implementing Organizational Change

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Change is defined as “to make something different”. It is not to make better, but to make different. The responsibility to identify opportunities for change, evaluate the existing business environment, and define the changes that makes a “better difference” in the organization is with the leadership of the company. Also, by virtue of constantly changing business environment, the change itself is constant. A company may pro-actively address the changing business environment and re-align itself for success or it may let the external forces dictate and eventually lose opportunities to compete in the dynamic landscape. Since change is constant, we should call it “Managing” and not “Implementing” change. Instead of using the word “Change”, we could refer it as “Growth”, because “managing change” is effectively “managing growth” which could be either positive growth or negative growth.

The change here is not the application change in IT or functional change related to internal operations of a business division. Those changes are well managed by the Change Control Board within the realm of Project management and ITIL. The change referred here is an enterprise wide transformation that More

Clearing the Cloud on Cloud

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The term “cloud computing” is a collective phrase used to define the computing environment in which an application or service delivered is created to be independent of physical location of the hardware used to store the content. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, cloud computing is defined as “Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.” This article is intended to present the general concepts of cloud computing and explain these concepts in relation to computing requirements and experiences of end-users, IT professionals, and business management.

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Cloud Delivery Models

Cloud services are delivered by one of the three primary service models based on the type of service delivered. The delivery models are Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). These models are collectively referred to as the SPI model.

Software as a service (SaaS)

SaaS is a cloud delivery model in which the service provider hosts and manages the applications, and provides the use of these applications or services to customers over the Internet. The physical location of the files, servers, and even the datacenter is “clouded” from the user and the user only experiences availability of the service from the provider.

Platform as a service (PaaS)

PaaS provides an online platform delivered over the web to develop and deploy applications without the need to manage the underlying servers, network infrastructure, and applications. More

Transformative Times: New Opportunities for Business in an Era of Upheaval – Knowledge@Wharton

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Transformative Times: New Opportunities for Business in an Era of Upheaval – Knowledge@Wharton.

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