Posts Tagged ‘ CIO ’

The Cloud Market Is Wide Open for the Taking

The Cloud Market Is Wide Open for the Taking

Recently I wrote about how public cloud is failing large enterprises. Despite the wild success of public cloud for consumer and SMB use cases, I noted, most research shows that enterprises are investing substantially more in private cloud than public cloud, because cloud service providers (CSPs) are failing to satisfy enterprise requirements for service assurance, security, compliance, billing, governance, etc. Most people I spoke with agreed with this analysis, but some told me (and still others talked among themselves) that I could not be right. They have seen hundreds of enterprises that have adopted public cloud, they said. Relating their stories of such-and-such an enterprise they just did business with, or the hundreds of unnamed enterprises they recently sold to, they said that I must be wrong. Of course, there are exceptions. At CA Technologies, we have many customers who have invested in public cloud in some fashion. There are…

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CA Technologies Andi Mann speaks to Sky News

I was interviewed by Sky News on cloud and innovation when I was at CeBIT Australia. Check it out!

Why the Public Cloud is a Big Fat Enterprise #Fail

Why the Public Cloud is a Big Fat Enterprise #Fail

Simultaneously meeting the needs of consumers, while addressing the needs of IT leaders, is exactly how a small With the advent of the consumer driven enterprise, there are now two ways to define the success of a platform. One is to look at adoption rates and declare a platform successful based on how many people are using it. By that measure, the public cloud is a smashing enterprise success. Billions of users worldwide are using public cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive (formerly Docs), Skype, Evernote, YouTube and, yes, even Facebook to do business with colleagues, customers, partners and vendors. But the other way to define platform success is to look at what businesses, organizations and institutions are actually investing in and encouraging people to use. By that measure, the public cloud is a resounding enterprise flop. Every one of the public cloud services I just mentioned top the…

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Survivor: CIO Edition – Will Cloud Computing Kill The CIO Role?

Survivor: CIO Edition – Will Cloud Computing Kill The CIO Role?

Today I published a new blog post on CA.com in the ‘Perspectives’ section of our community site – you can see the whole blog here. In this post, I discuss whether the CIO role is dead – and if it isn’t what you can do to make sure it not only survives, but drives business value …

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The CIO as a Business Service Conductor

The CIO as a Business Service Conductor

A long time ago, someone asked me on Twitter what is the difference between automation and orchestration. It really got me thinking, and eventually I think I answered by using an actual musical orchestra as a metaphor. In this metaphor, having an autonomous musician play the entire violin part of a symphony is somewhat akin to typical automation – lots of activity and complex interactions all handled without external intervention, but all within a reasonably tight sphere of influence, in large part unconnected with the rest of the orchestra.

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11 Tips for Successful Cloud Computing Adoption

11 Tips for Successful Cloud Computing Adoption

Today I was published in one of the top cloud computing journals. In fact, it is the Cloud Computing Journal, part of the SYS-CON stable and the same organization that runs the excellent Cloud Expo events. The article is called “Eleven Tips for Successful Cloud Computing Adoption“: Key issues can make or break an organization’s strategic cloud adoption. The intersection of cloud computing with business strategy, Big Data, vendor lock-in, globalization, collaboration, security, licensing, virtualization, confidence, and the ‘new normal’ can act as huge points of concern. So I put down some thoughts on this, and ended up – in no particular order – with the following 11 tips for the successful adoption of cloud computing: Please read the whole article at the Cloud Computing Journal. — So what do you reckon? Are these tips useful for you? What tips did I miss? I would love to see your comments…

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Do Amazon AWS and Eucalyptus Now Have “Enterprise Cloud Appeal”?

Do Amazon AWS and Eucalyptus Now Have “Enterprise Cloud Appeal”?

I saw a fantastic article from Nancy Gohring of InfoWorld yesterday, on how “Amazon said that it would back Eucalyptus’ efforts to support Amazon Web Services’ APIs”. Great article, well worth reading in full. For me, however, it was the a priori assumption in the first paragraph (and the headline) that really stood out: Eucalyptus has become far more attractive to enterprises wishing to build private clouds, now that the No. 1 cloud provider — Amazon Web Services — has thrown its weight behind the software company. I am not buying this at all.

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Top 10 Things I Learned About Cloud Last Week

Top 10 Things I Learned About Cloud Last Week

While travelling back from VMworld EMEA last week, I stopped at London and visited with a fantastic CA Technologies customer and partner, Logicalis UK. Logicalis UK is an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services, part of a group that employs over 2,000 people worldwide, with annualized revenues in excess of $1 billion. Logicalis is doing some amazing things to deliver both public and private hosted cloud using CA Technologies, alongside key strategic partners Cisco and NetApp. While visiting their site in the UK – just outside of London, I learned a lot about the real world of cloud service providers. The top 10 things I learned about cloud from my visit to Logicalis UK were: 1. Cloudbursting is real & it is happening today There is a lot of hubbub over whether or not cloudbursting – “the ability to shift an application from a…

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10 Preconditions for IT Solution Design

10 Preconditions for IT Solution Design

With VMworld EMEA coming up next week, I am reminded of an evening at VMworld last year, and a stimulating discussion about good product design with Prabhakar Gopalan (@PGopalan), a former colleague at CA Technologies who is now with Dell. Prabhakar is insightful to a depth few people reach, and passionate about innovative thinking. In Copenhagen he talked excitedly about a small museum he had visited called the Danish Design Centre (and yes, that is the correct spelling 🙂 ), and what Danish design could teach us about building better software. I visited it a couple of days later*, and one exhibit really caught my eye, with 10 ‘preconditions for good design‘ laid out in stylized writing on a plain brick wall (see photo top left). It was interesting to think about how these provided 1o principles for CIOs in designing better IT solutions. Notwithstanding the potential value of ‘blue…

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Real-World Applications for the Private Cloud

Real-World Applications for the Private Cloud

Not surprisingly, since the release of my new book, Visible Ops – Private Cloud, I have been talking with a lot of people about how to deploy private cloud, where to start, what to avoid, etc. So far, the most common question has been, “What type of existing workloads are organizations putting into private cloud environments today – and what are they avoiding?” So I thought I would jot down some of my answers, specifically related to ‘cloud-migrant’ services, as opposed to ‘cloud-native’ services – and without getting too hung up on whether the use cases are 100% cloud or not! One recurrent use case is to provide dynamic desktop allocation, especially for education and projects use cases. A number of schools, universities, training centers, and even some larger enterprises, have adopted private cloud to allocate servers, clients, applications and data for reusable desktop systems. This seems especially prevalent for…

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The Coming Crisis of IT Management – More Opportunity Than Challenge

The Coming Crisis of IT Management – More Opportunity Than Challenge

I saw an interesting post at Forbes.com last week titled ‘The Coming Crisis of IT Management,’ lamenting that “consumerization, virtualization, cloud computing, software as a service, mobility [sic] are all increasing the complexity of the job of managing IT by orders of magnitude.” I certainly cannot disagree with that. I have written about these topics extensively, most recently tackling the impact of consumerization of IT. By looking at the problem through the lens of the (perhaps less than) average CIO — the follower, the ‘lights-on’ manager, the order taker – Forbes.com contributor Dan Woods is painting doom and gloom instead of highlighting the potential for the innovative CIO to embrace and extend these trends to drive business advantage. To me, this is missing the real story — that these changes are more opportunity than challenge. Consumerization of IT “End-users and departments are choosing their own devices, selecting and using Software…

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