Category Archives: Business

Hard Choices Are Required When Adopting a Cloud Operating Model

When was the last time you’ve ever heard anyone say “IT Applications & Operations”? Frankly, in my 30+ year career in IT, I don’t believe I’ve ever heard anyone use this term. The typical term we hear is IT Infrastructure & Operations. These two go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly, which tells us a… Read More »

Modernization or Transformation: Which Is The Right IT Fix For Your Business?

Much of IT terminology is often misused and misapplied. Modernization and transformation are two such terms. They are often used interchangeably even though they mean different things and have very different connotations. Indeed, it is somewhat safe to assume that in IT any transformative effort is likely to also have a modernizing effect, and thus,… Read More »

Cloud Native: The Next Major Developer Paradigm Shift

Every decade for the past forty years we’ve seen a major paradigm shift in software development. The next major paradigm shift for software developers—cloud native application development—is occurring now and it will require developers to once again re-think and modify their approach to developing software. In the seventies we saw the transition from assembler to… Read More »

SaaS Represents the Commoditization of Business Function

North Bridge in partnership with GigaOm Research released their 2014 Future of Cloud Computing – 4th Annual Survey Results. As you examine the 124 slides, one thing is obvious that the greatest growth in cloud computing is coming from Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Market research like this is very important because it provides tangible proof for our… Read More »

Cloud Computing, DevOps and Business Velocity

Sometimes you just need to stop and contemplate Larry Ellison’s comment about the computer industry in general and cloud computing specifically. “The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women’s fashion. Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish.… Read More »

Transformation Is More Important Than Cloud

On the surface it looks to be a chicken and egg problem. Is cloud driving IT transformation or is IT transformation driving cloud’s growth? The movement to cloud requires a shift in approach for many IT organizations for how to deal with procurement, management, security, etc. In some cases, public cloud offerings are driving IT… Read More »

Notes From The Field: Inside A Real World Large-Scale Cloud Deployment

I’ve been granted an incredible opportunity. Over the past three and a half months I have gotten to lead a real world large-scale delivery of a cloud solution. The final solution will be delivered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to the customer via an on-premise managed service. While I have developed SaaS/PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) solutions in the past,… Read More »

Cloud Should Be Defined By What It Will Become, Not What It Is Today

There’s been a lot of discussion about what makes cloud computing different than other forms of computing that have come before. Some refer to the set of attributes set forth by NIST, while others rely on less succinct qualifications simply satisfied to identify network accessible services as cloud, and others define cloud by applicable business… Read More »

IT-as-a-Service and the Facebook Effect

I’ve recently been theorizing around a new model for IT transformation. There’s anecdotal evidence that, in general, business problems tend to change slower than the rate of technology innovation. Thus, we can discern that IT has focused on the application of technical innovation to solve existing business problems in more effective ways versus using technology… Read More »