John Thompson


Tearing down IT silos

Silos. Stovepipes. Ping Pong.  Finger pointing.  We’ve all heard these terms when people talk about IT. The silos that plague IT organizations and the constant finger pointing back and forth when issues arise are preventing IT from...

The manufacturing renaissance and the middle class

Is the United States in the midst of, or on the brink of, a manufacturing renaissance? Will the rebirth of the manufacturing sector help rebuild our country’s middle class? It may be too early to accurately answer these questions,...

TAP into the light

TAP (Traffic Access Point) Noun 1: A passive hardware device that provides ‘access’ to optical traffic at a specific point in a network. To TAP Verb 1: The act of installing a TAP. Typically used in conjunction...

Data center consolidation: Lessons learned along the way

Data center consolidations are a daunting task for any organization, much less the federal government. Initially presented as a strategy for improving data center efficiency, the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative...

Casting an IT blockbuster

My colleagues and I are big movie buffs. Every year, our sales kick-off event is themed after an action-thriller movie. In the past we've built our events around The Matrix and Transformers. This year our event theme was The...

Software-defined everything: Revolution or evolution?

Enterprise IT has always been on a never-ending quest to become more efficient, more flexible and more agile. If you look back over the transformations our industry has gone through over the past few decades, it’s clear that the...

Is your company still relevant? Will it be tomorrow?

As a CEO, people often ask me how I sleep at night knowing that, especially in the IT industry, the competitive landscape can shift almost instantaneously. I tell them the truth: I sleep like a baby. I sleep for two hours and get...

Infrastructure performance management: The final piece of the puzzle

IT infrastructures are more crucial to running a business than ever before. End users expect access to their applications and data anytime, anywhere. IT is expected to keep the infrastructure up and running and performing...

Competing in the global marketplace

Whether you work for a large company or a small startup, chances are your business is global in nature. And if it's not there yet, I would expect that it's part of your organization's long-term strategy. The real question for...

STEM education and immigration reform are opposite sides of the same coin

Innovators.  Leaders. These are words that come to mind when many think of America and, in particular, our information technology industry. With increased global competition, America’s innovation and leadership position is at risk....

Embracing digital technologies and building an agile infrastructure

Every IT professional, regardless of having two or 20 years of experience, is familiar with Gartner’s annual predictions of the top challenges and priorities facing CIOs for the coming year. According to Gartner’s 2013 report,...

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