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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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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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CloudViews Unplugged: August 2012

CloudViews Unplugged: August 2012

In the August episode of CloudViews Unplugged, Andi Mann and George Watt of CA Technologies discuss emerging cloud markets, big data, 7 common cloud challenges, cloud-based farming, Netflix Chaos Monkey, Amazon cloud outages and the Olympics. 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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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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