When my friend who works at an electronics retail store emphatically affirmed
he knew what cloud computing was, it made me both nervous and excited.
Cloud computing is becoming a ubiquitous concept. It has mass-market
implications for the technology industry, and it is advancing at speeds
rarely seen with any major technological evolution.
As a business leader, do you know why cloud computing is important to you?
What parts of your business should you be migrating to the cloud? Do you know
what you don't know about cloud computing?
First, cloud computing is about reducing complexity. In the cloud, most of
the technology you had to deal with in the past now remains behind the
scenes. What used to be command lines and code is, in many cases, replaced
with a lot of pointing and clicking.
Second, cloud computing is about flexibility. With cloud-based solutions, you
can add ... (more)
In the previous two weeks, I wrote about why the cloud is important to you
as a business leader and provided some rationale for economic justification
of cloud adoption.
Over the next three weeks, I will take apart the three key components that
comprise the cloud: infrastructure, platform and software as a service. Each
is delivered as a cloud-based service. With an understanding of these
components, you will be able to keep your eyes and ears open for
opportunities to significantly impact your organization's top and bottom
The main topic of this week and the most fundamen... (more)
Open Source at Cloud Expo
For small and mid-sized businesses, there often is a question about whether
to stick with tried and true software providers such as Microsoft for your
servers, e-mail and business applications or consider adoption of open-source
products such as Linux.
I've witnessed in this region some hesitation toward adoption of open-source
products. I believe it's important to be able to make a rational evaluation
of the two paths so you can make the best decisions.
First, what is open-source software?
Taken strictly, the term refers to software licensed under a spe... (more)
There’s a reasonably famous book in technology circles called “The
Innovator’s Dilemma.” It basically says there are two types of
innovations: those that appeal to existing markets by improving products, and
those that appeal to new markets by offering new capabilities.
I don’t think it’s particularly hard to be innovative. All one has to do
is walk down the street and identify any single thing that is causing some
form of discomfort or irritation or challenge. Then just think of a way to do
it better. It really is that easy. And it’s a fun exercise.
Keep in mind we don’t always ... (more)
I’m a big fan of Dana Gardner (Dana Gardner's BriefingsDirect on Ulitzer),
and he recently took a stab at discussing how organizational roles and their
importance are likely to change with the growing adoption of cloud
computing. Specifically, Dana focuses on the role of the Enterprise
Architect, and he correctly assesses their increased prominence in
While that represents an important incremental change, I see a much more
transformative change on the horizon for organizations embracing cloud
computing technologies. Before I tell you what this more ra... (more)