Posts Tagged ‘ CIO ’

How to use the rogue cloud to innovate the right cloud – Network World

How to use the rogue cloud to innovate the right cloud – Network World

I was privileged to recently have my byline published in Network World, about why rogue cloud is actually a good thing, not something to be scared of. Despite obvious dangers, we should view the rogue cloud as a positive thing and use it to IT’s advantage. It’s an opportunity for us to learn what’s really important to the business. People are using the rogue cloud because it solves real problems that IT hasn’t addressed. We should embrace that, and not seek to control or stop it. In the long run, I see rogue projects as a natural evolution in the iterative life cycle of corporate IT. Read why I think that over at the original – How to use the rogue cloud to innovate the right cloud – Network World.

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Is It Time to Stop Making Excuses for Cloud Outages? (BizTechMagazine)

Is It Time to Stop Making Excuses for Cloud Outages? (BizTechMagazine)

  Ricky Ribeiro (@ricktagious) of BizTech Magazine (@BizTechMagazine) has penned a few thoughtful comments on my latest blog, Time To Stop Forgiving Cloud Providers for Repeated Failures: Some cloud pundits say, “Hey, no technology is up all the time. Deal with it and plan for outages.” But Andi Mann, vice president of strategic solutions at CA Technologies, says enough is enough when it comes to excusing cloud outages. In a bold post on his blog, Mann strikes back at the notion that downtime is inevitable in IT. You can read the whole article over at BizTech Magazine online –  http://www.biztechmagazine.com/article/2013/01/it-time-stop-making-excuses-cloud-outages    

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Time To Stop Forgiving Cloud Providers for Repeated Failures

Time To Stop Forgiving Cloud Providers for Repeated Failures

For a long time now, cloud pundits – service providers, boosters, analysts, vendors, and other mostly vested interests – have stood behind a curtain of “downtime happens, design for failure” when assessing cloud outages. It seems that with every new failure, the self-styled clouderati repeatedly implore IT leaders to believe that, despite what we are seeing with our own eyes on an almost weekly basis, cloud providers are better at IT than you are. Over and over, the pundits’ response is a yet another chorus of, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” Rather, CIOs and others are implored to simply trust the great and powerful Oz (or is that ‘Aws’?) to provide better uptime than their own in-house IT services.

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2013 IT outlook: Innovation trumps cost-cutting

2013 IT outlook: Innovation trumps cost-cutting

You know I am not a big fan of the prediction blog – which neverthless never stops me from trying – but Ann Bednarz over at Network World has done  a stellar job of crystal ball gazing in her new article on the outlook for 2013, part of a significant series in that august journal. I am honored that she decided to interview me, and quotes me in some depth in the article. “Cloud computing has accelerated the pace of change, undeniably,” says Andi Mann, vice president of strategic solutions at CA Technologies. With the availability of cloud services, start-ups in industries such as retail, healthcare and media, for instance, can set up shop without making enormous capital investments in tech. “We’ve seen new competitors come into crowded markets and totally disrupt those markets, and they can do it on a dime because they don’t have to buy infrastructure or…

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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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Recent cloud critics, including Wozniak, intensify debate

Recent cloud critics, including Wozniak, intensify debate

Brandon Butler has penned another interesting article about the recent cloud failures, and some of the backlash from tech legend Steve Wozniak. It was nice to be able to speak with him about it and share some of my views, and he was kind enough to include some of my comments in his article: The back-and-forth between the cloud critics and the cloud defenders is only natural. Ultimately, the fundamental arguments made by both Wozniak and Honan are about trust, which are “absolutely legitimate concerns,” says Andi Mann, vice president of strategy for CA Technologies. “The cloud is not magic,” Mann reminds users, noting that it still requires a plan on the end user’s part to ensure the systems are secured effectively. The move to a cloud-computing dominated IT is a slow and steady process that is still in its early days. Think back, Mann says, to a decade ago…

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Stop following and start leading

Stop following and start leading

Business leaders today are increasingly demanding many new IT services to support innovative business opportunities. For example: Sales leaders want their teams to access customer and sales applications anywhere, anytime, and from any device; Finance leaders need tight control over expenditures, with budget discipline and predictable costs, especially from IT; Human Resource leaders want greater freedom to onboard new staff and new applications to enable staff mobility and location flexibility; Strategy groups want to access new markets through organic penetration, mergers and acquisitions, or geographic expansion; Partner, agent, and channel leaders need to rapidly onboard new partners with instant access to all the systems and software they need to be effective; Marketing leaders want to connect with new customers in new ways, including social networking, online communities, and viral media; Business owners want to drive higher revenues, reduce overall costs, grow the business, and increase shareholder value. As technology innovation…

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Are IT leaders just too busy for innovation? | ZDNet

Are IT leaders just too busy for innovation? | ZDNet

I was a panelist and co-host of a fantastic broadcast from the HBO studios in New York recently. With smart and experienced colleagues from Gartner,  Deloitte,  Global Partners, and Comcast, we talked about consumerization, desktop virtualization,  innovation, and a lot more. (Part 1 here and Part 2 here.) ZDNet’s Joe McKendrick was on hand to let you all know about it. Here is some of what Joe had to say … Chief information officers understand how important innovation is to survive and thrive in today’s hyper-competitive global economy. And they understand that IT is the key to new innovation. Yet, they often are too saddled down with maintenance and upkeep to really give it their all. That’s one of the takeways of a recent CIO panel, reported on by Andi Mann of CA Technologies, tackling the matter of IT’s role in corporate innovation. (Part 1 here and Part 2 here.) Innovation…

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Who’s Who in Cloud, July 13, 2012 | Gathering Clouds

Who’s Who in Cloud, July 13, 2012 | Gathering Clouds

Wow, I have been name-checked in Gathering Clouds in their “Who’s Who in Cloud“. Wow. And check the other names in the list – that is a huge compliment! Barb Darrow: A timely dive into what Amazon’s recent outages really mean. Big up to Barb. Andi Mann: Exploring the CIO mentality where innovation is concerned from Andi Mann Derrick Harris: Taking on the behemoth that is Hadoop, courtesy of Mr. Harris. Larry Walsh: $$ lines the road to the cloud, so says Gartner. Check out Larry Walsh. Larry Dignan: Big data awareness is driving big growth returns, via Larry Dignan. You can read the whole list over at Gathering Clouds, in their post Who’s Who in Cloud, July 13, 2012.

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