Public Cloud for the Enterprise: A Podcast with IT Industry Analyst Firm, Neovise

Public Cloud for the Enterprise: A Podcast with IT Industry Analyst Firm, Neovise

I recently had a great chat with one of the top cloud analysts in the business, Paul Burns – my former colleague at EMA, and now principal at Neovise. In just 19 minutes, Andi Mann, Vice President of Strategic Solutions, CA Technologies, provides insights to enterprise adoption of public cloud services. Based on his ongoing work with Fortune 1,000 enterprise IT organizations, Andi discusses his observations and perspectives on what is working well with enterprise adoption of public cloud services,what is not working so well, and the future outlook on public cloud services for the enterprise … Check it out over at the source – it was a great podcast, if I say so myself!  

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CloudViews Unplugged: Cloud Standards with Marvin Waschke – YouTube

CloudViews Unplugged: Cloud Standards with Marvin Waschke – YouTube

In this special edition of CloudView Unplugged, Marvin Waschke, author of Cloud Standards: Agreements That Hold Cloud Together, is interviewed by Andi Mann and George Watt of CA Technologies. In this video, Marvin discusses why cloud standards are important and how standards are helping to foster innovation.

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Spending next week immersed in IT

Spending next week immersed in IT

Next week I will join thousands of other IT professionals at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2012 in Orlando. I have been to Symposium and ITxpo many times before, in many different roles, and it never disappoints. There is so much to see and hear and do, so many people to meet, so much technology to check out, and so many ways to learn about the changing role of IT and business. I will be racing at 100 miles an hour every day just to take it all in! I am especially looking forward to the Symposium keynotes, and of course hearing what the industry movers and shakers from Gartner and others have to say. This conference perhaps more than any other seems to set an agenda for CIOs in the coming 12 months, so it is exciting to be there again to hear it for myself. The ITxpo is also a buzz,…

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CA Technologies announces ‘CloudViews Unplugged’ video chat series to power cloud debate | ITWeb

CA Technologies announces ‘CloudViews Unplugged’ video chat series to power cloud debate | ITWeb

Caption contest challenges entrants to capture the lighter side of cloud computing. CA Southern Africa has announced that CA Technologies has unveiled a new monthly video chat as part of its cloud thought leadership programme, called CloudViews. With this move, CA aims to broaden the debate on cloud computing. Andrea Lodolo, CTO Southern Africa, explains: “The CloudViews programme has been running for several years. With a reach that has grown to over 70 000 since its inception, it has become a go-to source for the cloud community, providing an unbiased source of cloud news, analysis and perspectives to a broad audience of technology and business leaders.” Read the whole article at CA Technologies announces ‘CloudViews Unplugged’ video chat series to power cloud debate | ITWeb.

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10 Ways IT Can Own Cloud Decisions

10 Ways IT Can Own Cloud Decisions

How IT leaders can bring the true value of cloud computing to their organizations. Much of the hype surrounding cloud computing is causing confusion among enterprise IT looking to cloud to solve problems and hoping not to introduce more. Unfortunately several sources ranging from industry experts to news articles to well-known technology evangelists seem to be providing more questions around cloud than answers. IT needs some clarity and guidance to ensure their cloud endeavors produce the promised benefits. To be certain, the public cloud is a fantastic thing. It has a role to play for consumers, and even for many businesses (what’s wrong with using Gmail or Google Apps for your business?). And cloud computing for business, government, and other organizations is, without doubt, the future of IT. But we need to have at it with eyes wide open. Here are ten things IT needs to do to take ownership of…

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The Hype About Gartner’s Cloud Computing Hype Cycle

The Hype About Gartner’s Cloud Computing Hype Cycle

And musings on the actual state of cloud computing If anyone wasn’t wondering about the cloud’s readiness for enterprise computing, they are now, thanks to several stories in the news recently. Some of these reports question cloud computing’s business value, adoption rates and whether the enterprise is ready for the cloud (or vice versa). Others ask if IT professionals are even capable of delivering cloud services reliably and securely. Still others warn of a coming cloud boogie man lurking in the shadows, waiting to spring a privacy trap on us, like some kind of cloud computing video game troll. Let’s recap and analyze some of the biggest stories-those that set social networks ablaze-and see if we can separate the PR hype and media headlines from reality. Gartner just released a new Hype Cycle for Cloud Computing that says the cloud is a mixed bag for delivering sustained business value. Virtualization…

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CloudViews Unplugged: October 2012

CloudViews Unplugged: October 2012

In this episode of CloudViews Unplugged, Andi Mann and George Watt of CA Technologies wrap up the month’s cloud news in 10 minutes. Topics for this month’s episode include rogue enterprise IT spending, schools using cloud for collaboration, Amazon’s EC2 instances marketplace, restaurants using cloud and mobile, cloud increasing the number of women in IT and more!

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The CMO doesn’t want to be in charge of IT either

The CMO doesn’t want to be in charge of IT either

Over at GigaOm last week, the excellent Barb Darrow (@gigabarb) put out a short and provocative article, “Do you really want your CMO in charge of IT?” In it, Barb cites research from Gartner, as well as interesting insight from GigaOM Pro analyst Jo Maitland (@JoMaitlandSF), and InterArbor analyst Dana Gardner (@Dana_Gardner). Barb quotes me too – you should check out the article. I’ll wait for you!  As you can see, Barb rightly points out that SaaS is a big part of this change, accounting for much of the additional technology spending by marketing leaders. There is also new spending by marketing on tablets and mobile applications, and on customer-facing technologies like point-of-sale marketing, e-commerce systems, channel management, and web site development.

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Conversations with CIOs: Leaving Technology Behind

Conversations with CIOs: Leaving Technology Behind

  The Wall Street Journal recently poked fun at “innovation” as an empty marketing buzzword. They might be on to something, according to the latest research from CA Technologies. Our study of 800 global business and IT leaders found a gap between what organizations say about innovation and how they actually innovate. It should give any executive pause, and I encourage you to spend some quality time reviewing the results. In my conversations with CIOs, I find the way an IT organization defines innovation is a leading indicator of the size and risk of its innovation business gap. It can be amorphous, defined by popular consensus or defined by the CIO and expressed as a continually refined business process. Many in IT consider their work to be innovative by default. After all, we’re dealing with the latest technologies! We bring business value to new stuff like the cloud, smartphones, tablets, and social…

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Do you really want your CMO in charge of IT? — Cloud Computing News

Do you really want your CMO in charge of IT? — Cloud Computing News

Over at GigaOm today, the excellent Barb Darrow (@GigaBarb) put out a very interesting article on the changing role of IT pruchasing, especially in the age of consumerization and cloud. We had a chat on Twitter and email and she thought it was worth quoting me! *blush*. Here is the Readers Digest version: On Tuesday, the Gartner projection that in five years, the CMO will spend more on IT than the CIO, cropped up several times at Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce show … those mentions prompted an impromptu Twitter poll about whether it’s a good idea to have CMOs buying IT. The results were mixed. “I see many CMOs using cloud-based services for marketing automation, response analytics, reputation management, content management, social media marketing and even application development,” said Andi Mann, a former analyst who is now VP of strategic solutions for CA. … As Mann points out: Bottom line – for…

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CloudViews Unplugged: September 2012

CloudViews Unplugged: September 2012

In the September episode of CloudViews Unplugged, Andi Mann and George Watt of CA Technologies discuss what happens when cloud providers go out of business, SMEs benefit from cloud, CFOs see cloud benefits, Google Science Fair, AWS gathers Mars images, green cloud, Australia privacy laws, and more! To read the show notes for this episode and for more cloud content, please visit the Cloud Commons group on Smart Enterprise: http://smartenterpriseexchange.com/groups/cloud

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Innovations disrupt established markets | ITWeb

Innovations disrupt established markets | ITWeb

I was interviewed while I was in South Africa recently at the CA IT Management Symposium Africa 2012. We are living in an age of innovation – innovation driven by technology, says CA Technologies’ Andi Mann. Innovations that would have been unimaginable even a few years ago are changing the competitive landscape, disrupting well-established marketplaces, and opening up new possibilities in the eyes of consumers. So said Andi Mann, VP for strategic solutions at CA Technologies, in a keynote address at the CA IT Management Symposium Africa 2012 yesterday, at the Sandton Convention Centre. “We are living in an age of innovation – innovation driven by technology,” Mann pointed out. The still is taken from a video I did separately, btw. I look very grumpy, but I really wasn’t at all. Not a great pic of me read more at: Innovations disrupt established markets | ITWeb.

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Public Cloud Saves The Day – Not That You’d Know

Public Cloud Saves The Day – Not That You’d Know

The hue and cry when public cloud services fail – which they do with some frequency – is almost deafening. What we rarely hear about is when the public cloud works the way we hope it will. To be fair, when Amazon takes a hit, it is an important event that begs to be over-analyzed. After all, how could anyone ever expect to possibly survive a day without harvesting digital crops, streaming an episode of Friends, making a cellphone pic look like crap, or checking into the local dive bar?! Internets are serious business!!* However, the punditry rarely give credit where credit is due – particularly in the case of public cloud uptime. So let me now give public cloud its due.

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