Best Practices

CIOps vs. GitOps: What’s the Difference?


While CI/CD has become synonymous with application deployments, end-to-end CI/CD for infrastructure is fragmented and challenging for many enterprises. The pace of adopting a DevOps culture within the developer community seems more agile than within infrastructure operations, as developers reap immediate benefits, with unit testing and containerization significantly reducing bugs and time to market. Standards […]

The Hub-and-Spoke Model Is Evolving to Enable Cloud Innovations at Scale


Here is a challenge. How do you connect the simplest version of a secure public cloud environment that exercises an organization’s muscles, demonstrates the viability of cloud services, and engages all necessary stakeholders? Some might recognize this description as the methodology for our Minimum Viable Cloud (MVC). The simplest way to connect resources in such […]

Data and the Cloud: Two Key Drivers of the Insurance Industry’s Future


The insurance sector has always been an active user of data, wringing out insights from demographics and actuarial models to develop products that protect customers across multiple areas of risk. Insurers have also tapped the cloud, leveraging software-as-a-service (SaaS) programs to run business functions. What the majority of insurers have not done as effectively, until […]

Six Principles to Consider for Streamlined Cloud Operations


We have all heard about the principles used by Amazon, Google and Microsoft in developing their cloud platforms, and the outcomes they produce. The API became a first-class citizen; pay-for-use became the norm; and platform services were created to offer more significant capabilities with reduced management overhead. But what does all that mean for those […]