The missing step between identifying a business problem and getting the data squared away to solve that problem is determining which data you need and how much of it you really need.

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Published February Aug 20, 2022
Originally Published at Forbes

During last fall’s wildfires in California, the largest electric utility provider in the state was forced to shut off power for millions of customers. In early October, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), curtailed power to more than 30 counties in Central and Northern California. California is prone to more wildfires, natural disasters, and inevitably, more power shutdowns, making microgrids a critical part of the infrastructure to support future operations.

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Published June 12th, 2020
Originally Published at Data Center Frontier

If you want to understand why some companies have a toxic culture, underperform relative to their potential, and eventually collapse — look no further than the quality of their leadership teams. Whereas competent leaders cause high levels of trust, engagement, and productivity, incompetent ones result in anxious, alienated workers who practice counterproductive work behaviors and spread toxicity throughout the firm. Consider that the economic impact of avoiding a toxic worker is two times higher than that of hiring a star performer.

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Published March 11th, 2020
Originally Published at Harvard Business Review

Enterprise customers are weighing the best options for taking advantage of cloud computing models.

Software is eating the world, and it has set the table for another powerful trend – the cloud is chomping away on the enterprise data center.

The shift of enterprise IT workloads from on-premises IT facilities into third-party data centers is a long-term trend that has been gaining momentum. This migration has gained pace during the COVID-19 pandemic, which prompted many companies to turn to cloud services to support a distributed workforce.

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Published February 21st, 2022
Originally Published at Data Center Frontier

In project management, back and white are your friends – murky gray is not. As a project manager, you want to deal with clear and verified information, not assumptions.  When assumptions are made and not validated, mistakes get made, timelines get delayed, and projects fail.

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Published February 14th, 2022
Originally Published at Forbes

What lies ahead for the data center industry in 2022? At Data Center Frontier our eyes are on the horizon, and we’re constantly tracking the trends that matter. Our crystal ball did pretty well last year, so it’s time to look ahead at what’s in store for 2022.

We’ve identified eight themes that we believe will shape the data center business this year. The overarching theme is dealing with the challenges of growth and the data center industry’s vital role in a digital society, as well as the urgent need for progress on climate change. We’ll be writing in more depth about many of these trends, but this list provides a high-level view of the topics that we believe will be most relevant in 2022.

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Published January 10th, 2022
Originally Published at Data Center Frontier

Over the past weeks, Harvard Business Review has finally recognized that we are in a new area, the area of projects, the importance of project management, and that the future of work is project-based.

This is covered in my featured article The Project Economy Has Arrived, one of the first times ever HBR, the most influential brand in leadership and management in the world, set project management in the spotlight. As an expert and passionate about project management, I am excited about the times.

In this newsletter, I want to explain, and get your views, on what I coined in 2017 as the Project Economy, how it is affecting us on a global basis (macro), but even more important on an organizational level (micro).

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Published December 14th, 2021
Originally Published at Linkedin

Enterprises are building the most effective ecosystem for their needs by mixing and matching data center, cloud, and colocation solutions. This launches our special report series on the Hybrid Cloud.

Everyone has been in love with the cloud over the past decade, but the relevance of colocation and on-premises data centers has only increased and strengthened for enterprises over time. Enterprises are building their most effective IT ecosystem in a “best of breed” fashion, leveraging the strengths of each type as needed. It’s not a matter of choosing or favoring one over the others but selecting the most appropriate tool for the application, workload, and desired outcomes.

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Published Novemver 17th, 2021
Originally Published at Data Center Frontier

Industry body expands its climatic recommendations for data centers to address corrosives, high-density servers.

Earlier in 2021, ASHRAE’s Technical Committee 9.9 published an update – the fifth edition — of its Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments. The update recommends important changes to data center thermal operating envelopes: the presence of pollutants is now a factor, and it introduces a new class of IT equipment for high-density computing. The new advice can, in some cases, lead operators to not only alter operational practices but also shift set points, a change that may impact both energy efficiency and contractual service level agreements (SLAs) with data center services providers.

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Published September 26th, 2021
Originally Published at Data Centre Dynamics Ltd (DCD)

Digitization has modernized data center capabilities. Here are considerations toward using these capabilities to accelerate business objectives.

In the early days of the digital era, data centers were mysterious buildings shrouded in secrecy. They were huge, stark buildings billowing steam and looming in the distance. And the secrecy is understandable when you consider that for the enterprises using them, their IT operations within these buildings were the “crown jewels” supporting their businesses.

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Published September 10th, 2021 – By: QTS
Originally Published at CIO – IDG Communications, Inc.