This Week in Thought Leadership

Industry Perspectives from Unisys, Dell, CA Technologies and Online Tech


This week, our contributors to the Industry Perspectives channel shared thoughts on the data center “skills gap,” managing IT risk, methods to improve capacity planning, and a closer look at the differences between PCI compliance and HIPAA. This channel at DCK is growing and providing industry professionals with the opportunity to share their insight and expertise. For your weekend reading, here’s a recap of this week’s columns:

Mind the IT Skills Gap and the STEM Cliff! – However, the demographic “time bomb” is about more than the loss of programmers who know COBOL or of test engineers who know transaction processing. There’s also been a major shift in how companies organize their IT staffs, and their roles and skill sets, writes Bob Supnik of Unisys.

Understanding IT Risks – Most IT risk comes from failure of the enterprise to properly oversee or govern its projects, not from technical or low-level people issues. Hani Elbeyali of Dell writes on how to further your understanding of IT risks to lead to better management of potential issues.

Improving Capacity Planning Using Application Performance Management – Jason Meserve of CA Technologies writes about how to ensure an exceptional end-user experience for business-critical applications while reducing risk and without over-provisioning IT infrastructure.

HIPAA and PCI Compliance Are Not Interchangeable – When thinking about compliance, many companies assume PCI DSS is interchangeable with HIPAA or it is assumed that the gap between the two is small, writes Mike Klein of Online Tech. The real issue is that HIPAA and PCI DSS compliance protect different types of information, with different audit guidelines, safeguard requirements, and consequences for non-compliance or breaches.

Industry Perspectives is a content channel at Data Center Knowledge highlighting thought leadership in the data center arena. See our guidelines and submission process for information on participating. View previously published Industry Perspectives in our Knowledge Library.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.