#DF12Ready: Prepping for Dreamforce 2012

If you’ve been anywhere near Silicon Valley during the past couple of weeks, you know that from September 18-21, 70,000+ people from cloud companies of nearly every shade will descend on San Francisco to talk all things cloud at Dreamforce 2012.

The Hybrid Cloud Reality

In a recent article for PC Magazine, reporter Michael Miller rehashed some of the key issues discussed during last week’s Interop conference. The hybrid cloud emerged as one of the most prominent themes of the event, encompassing conversation around trends in mobile device usage and IT consumerization.

Successful Cloud Deployments Must Start with IT

InfoWorld’s David Linthicum recently wrote about how enterprise IT departments must think differently before when rolling out cloud applications. The reason? IT staffs tend to be reactive by nature, and there’s too much to lose by rolling out a cloud solution and then scrambling to make it work. He writes: “… if internal IT does not change around the usage of most cloud services, enterprise IT won't get the full benefits.”

Nissan Security Breach Underscores Password Problem

Earlier this week, Nissan confirmed a network hack that comprised both employee names and encrypted passwords. Nicole Perlroth of the New York Times covered the news, citing the commentary of Nissan spokesperson David Reuter and Shawn Henry, former FBI cyber-cop. Perlroth reported that Nissan tracked the hacks back to an IP address, but according to Reuter:

Staffing the Cloud with Skilled Employees

As more and more IT services get shifted to the cloud, the demand for talent becomes an increasingly important issue. In an article for CIO, Meredith Levinson describes the challenges facing CIOs in finding employees. Levinson cites data from Wanted Analytics that found from February 2011 to 2012 there was a 99 percent increase in job ads for IT professionals requiring cloud computing skills.

New Devices, New Management

In a recent article for the Wall Street Journal, Shara Tibken addresses enterprise tablet adoption and its impact on IT networks.

"Companies everywhere are adopting tablets,” Tibken writes. “Forrester Research Inc. estimates that about 25% of computers used for work globally are tablets and smartphones, not PCs."

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