Information technology is facing a shortage – of analogies....As waves of change succeed waves of change, thought leaders (and writers) struggle to find not only fresh bits of terminology – often yet another acronym – as well as ways to describe and position those ideas relative to more familiar concepts. Platform-as-a-Service, which is getting more and more attention, certainly manages to be YAA (yet another acronym). It is also a concept … [Read more...]
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Virtual Private Network companies have long promoted themselves as a way to surf the web while protecting your anonymity from potential snoopers. Traditionally VPN users have therefore been perceived as file-sharing pirates or individuals living under regimes that heavily censor the web. But in recent years, the unrelenting war against online privacy in the Western world - waged by copyright lobbyists and spy agencies alike - has seen more people … [Read more...]
A veteran CIO recounted to me recently how responsive her IT organization has become once they started separating the data from the hardware. Before, it was common to have a hard drive failure and find out the user has not done a backup. Once they put the data in the cloud (private cloud, in this case), they became a very effective and responsive service center. No matter what happened to the hardware, they could restore the user data to a new … [Read more...]
Enterprise architecture has been around for decades. It existed long before cloud computing hype, and long before modern distributed computing systems. I like to define enterprise architecture as the planning and management of IT assets so they align, and continue to align, with the business. Simply put, it’s an IT planning and management discipline. I spent much of my late 20s and early 30s speaking at enterprise architecture conferences, … [Read more...]
I’m a cloud computing consultant by trade. This means I work with dozens of companies who are moving to “the cloud.” In doing so, they need to understand what will change, as well as what will not change. The larger questions are typically around operations, including: What are the basic changes? What will it cost? Who should run things? What new tools should be employed? Let’s review some of the answers. What are the basic changes? When … [Read more...]
One of the primary drivers of cloud computing is the value of business agility. However, business agility is much like Bigfoot. Some believe in it, few have seen it, and nobody has hard evidence of its existence. Business agility is the ability to quickly change around business needs. Examples would be adding a new product line, expanding into new markets, or providing customers with visibility into product shipments; that kind of … [Read more...]
Earlier this year, Booz & Company released a paper on “The Standardization Environment for Cloud Computing.” It points out the need for cloud computing standards. “Resolving the situation will require a concerted movement on the part of cloud service providers and business customers alike to promote the technological, management, and regulatory standards needed to bring order to the cloud environment.” We all get this. Indeed, those who … [Read more...]
You walk into your boss’ office and let them know you want to look at cloud computing as a path to drive more efficiency to the existing IT systems. “Everyone is doing it,” you say. “Cloud computing is redefining how we build and deploy core business systems,” you add. However, you hear the words that most people in technology never want to hear: “Well, we need to clearly define the value of this technology for our business before we … [Read more...]
It seems that cloud computing needs governance to succeed. However, few out there understand what the heck governance is, what it does, and how it fits. Perhaps it’s time you master this approach and technology, and become a Cloud Governance Ninja. Keep in mind that a service is simply something you use to gain access to some resource in a cloud, such as storage, server provisioning, request for compute cycles, etc.. Clouds leverage services … [Read more...]
I came across an interesting article last week entitled “Tassie retailer rejects cloud for mainframe.” It described how an Australian supermarket chain was bucking the “cloud computing” trend by upgrading to the latest Unisys mainframe technology to run its core business, including a 20+ year-old application suite. The article highlights the common perception among a surprising number of commentators that mainframes and cloud computing are … [Read more...]