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Monitoring Mondays: Make Your Business Embrace Innovation

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This weekly series will provide a recap of the most relevant news to come out of the tech world over the past week, with a specific focus on IT monitoring. It is easy to become immersed in your daily requirements as a sysadmin, but you don’t want to be that guy who is unaware of an important product release or company announcement that may change the way you do your job. With this in mind, it will be the goal of this series to arm you with ‘must know’ information so you can start your week off on the right foot knowing you are properly prepared. 

The one big change in IT 

The past few years have resulted in a number of IT evolutions and themes that will prove to be quite impactful when deciding upon future goals/initiatives. But rather than get lost in another discussion filled with overused buzzwords, InfoWorld sat down with IT consultant Bob Lewis in order to determine the most signficant change faced by IT. According to Lewis, "The biggest change in IT is the shift from cost reduction to revenue enhancement". The interview goes into more detail about this statement and how it relates to 'digital transformation', which makes it a great read for those searching for a straightforward answer to a complex question.  

How to keep IT moving at the speed of the business 

With businesses constantly innovating and embracing new digital models, it is required for IT to speed up its processes in order to keep up with the pace of techological growth. Implementing methods that keep IT moving at the speed of the business is vital for any organization, and there are several approaches organizations can leverage as a way of achieving a desired level of efficiency. This article from Information Week provides insights on how to 'accelerate IT's clock speed' and gain a competitive advantage due to these newfound business enhancements. 

Make your business embrace innovation 

According to research from Harvey Nash and KPMG, CIOs in companies with fewer than 100 employees spend less time on IT services and more on working with customers. However, the question that remains is how does the IT organization go from simply managing their product to building the next big thing in tech. Embracing innovation is the first step to take toward achieving that goal, and there are a number of ways to make your business smarter. Read this article from ZDNet and learn a few best practice lessons from CIOs who are looking to respond quickly and effectively to the ever-growing demand of creative business solutions. 

Five companies that are redefining DevOps 

From agreeing on an offical definition to taking advantage of its methodology, IT continues to place a ton of focus on DevOps. And while it is important to truly grasp how the concept of DevOps relates to your business in particular, sometimes the best way of doing so is by looking at the success stories of others. Forbes recently published a piece that examines five startups who have redefined DevOps in order to fit the needs of their business. So if you're working to implement DevOps into your organizational processes/culture, don't hestiate to take notes from those who have already succeeded in the task of DevOps implementation.