It's no longer viable for companies to spend on IT services without hope of return — the days of unrestrained “cost center” efforts are quickly vanishing as businesses look for ways to make information technology part of board room discussions. To achieve this aim, many organizations turn to ITIL (formerly the Information Technology Infrastructure Library), which is designed to standardize IT processes and apply consistent practices across the entire technology life cycle. However, that's just the beginning — here's a look at the top five benefits of adopting ITIL.

With the cloud firmly established as a critical line-of-business (LoB) investment, companies are looking for ways to expand the model and improve their overall return. For many organizations, this means a shift away from traditional single-provider models to a multi-cloud scenario. As noted by Forbes, both hybrid and multi-cloud options are quickly gaining ground as a way to improve total cloud control. Yet with multiple clouds comes the need for better cloud management — how do you make sure you're not overspending on services or underfunding compute resources? Here's a look at critical multi-cloud management best practices.

With data breaches on the rise, companies have real reason to worry about network compromise. Cybercriminals and other malicious actors are often tagged as the main culprits, but as noted by CBR Online, 70 percent of breached data can be traced to employees. In most cases, the problem stems from negligence or poor security management practices rather than ill intent, but the end result is the same: compromise. At Column Technologies, we believe the right identity and access management (IAM) tools are critical to help your company stay safe. Here's a look at three critical facets: ID management, privileged access and application security.