President and Founder, DCIG, LLC.
Jerome Wendt currently serves as the President and Founder of DCIG, LLC, which he founded in 2007. Mr. Wendt is an avid writer who has written thousands of articles that have appeared in multiple magazines, on-line publications, and websites. Mr. Wendt is recognized as one of the foremost technology analysts in the enterprise data storage and data protection industries. Mr. Wendt covers topics related to enterprise and cloud infrastructures to include all-flash and hybrid arrays, cloud computing, cloud storage, data protection, hyperconverged infrastructures, and software-defined storage (SDS).
Since founding DCIG, Mr. Wendt originated and developed the processes and methodologies that went into the creation of the DCIG Buyer’s Guides. The first DCIG Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide was released in 2010 with millions of copies of the DCIG Buyer’s Guides being distributed worldwide. These Buyer’s Guides have assisted decision makers in properly evaluating and classifying key enterprise data center technologies. The DCIG Buyer’s Guides are widely recognized and used by information technology professionals who view them as the “go-to” source if looking to understand where a product best fits in their enterprise infrastructure.
Prior to founding DCIG, Mr. Wendt served as storage engineer working for First Data Corp. He also has written and contributed to leading publications to include ComputerWorld, InfoStor, IT Central Station, SearchStorage.com, and Storage Magazine, among others. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems in 1995 from Washburn University (Topeka, KS) and a bachelor’s degree in Theology in 1990 from Ambassador University (now merged with Azusa Pacific University) in Pasadena, CA. More recently, Mr. Wendt was certified as an Amazon Cloud Solutions Architect. When away from work, he enjoys bowling, camping, fishing and playing Sudoku.
Using cloud storage often represents the first way that most companies adopt the cloud. They leverage cloud storage to archive their data, as a backup target, share files, or for long term data retention. These approaches offer a low risk means for companies to get started in the cloud. However, with more cloud storage offerings available than ever, companies need to ask and answer more pointed questions to screen them.
Every company wants to make the right cloud decision for their business. As a result, more companies than ever ask their vendors to describe the cloud capabilities of their products. However, as you ask your vendors cloud questions, verify that you define the cloud the same way. You may find that how you and your vendors define the cloud differ significantly which can quickly result in communication breakdowns.
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At a high level, anyone can prepare a competitive intelligence report. All one needs is an Excel spreadsheet, a web browser, access to the Internet, a list of your competitors, and a list of product features. Then, boom, just like that, you have a report. However, companies that engage DCIG to create Competitive Intelligence Reports want much more that an Excel spreadsheet with a list of features and check marks in order to truly empower their sales staff and partners.