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Beware These 6 Pitfalls Of Cloud Assessments

Raju Chekuri (pictured) is president and CEO at NetEnrich, an IT services provider based in San Jose, Calif.

Any cloud migration project begins with an assessment of the current state of an organization's technology environment, plus goals and requirements. But a cloud migration is less a project than it is a transformation of running IT. This makes doing a proper and well-planned assessment even more important if your customer is planning a partial or complete migration.

The Cognitive Era unfolds: Register for PartnerWorld Leadership Conference 2017

As the year comes to an end and the fourth quarter closes, it’s only natural to take stock of our achievements together. More importantly, it’s time to go beyond that. After all, “business as usual” is a cliché for a reason—in my endless travels around the globe, I’m hearing that you, our IBM Business Partners, are just as excited as IBM about joining us on our journey into the Cognitive Era, where Watson and solutions based on Watson have begun to represent the future of meeting client demand.

Cisco Launches White-Label Meraki Offensive To Drive Recurring Revenues

(NOTE: This story was originally posted to Dec. 20.)

Channel partners of Cisco that want to drive more recurring revenue stand to gain from an unprecedented white-label, service-driven initiative the networking giant is undertaking through Meraki.

Security Issues Continue To Plague Healthcare

For an industry that has no other choice but to be sensitive in how it uses information, health care still faces challenges when it comes to securing it.

And while many industries are dealing with the threat of external cyberattacks that could expose sensitive patient data, healthcare organizations – especially medical practices – are facing a challenge in locking down that data internally.

Talk Back On LinkedIn: Rounding The Turn Into 2017

Are your customers looking for more security and cloud solutions? What about data analytics? If you're a partner of either Dell or EMC, how does the road ahead look now that the merger is complete? These discussion starters are up on IT Best Of Breed's LinkedIn page, waiting for you to weigh in.

Top priorities: security and cloud