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Übergeek, Andi Mann, on mending fences between IT and business leaders | Cloud Era Institute

Übergeek, Andi Mann, on mending fences between IT and business leaders | Cloud Era Institute

IT projects often fail to come in on time, fail to come in on budget, and fail to live up to what’s promised. These are areas that can be improved. Cloud computing can play a big part in those improvements. The cloud lets you get experimental projects out faster and cheaper, so you can say, “This is what we have already done. Do you want us to do more?” rather than saying, “In twelve months, we might be able to put that into our backlog.” Part of the solution is Agile development and DevOps, which help the IT team focus on business ideas. The Agile model prescribes continual engagement with the business people who are stakeholders in the application. That is an important development in our industry. There is a lot more at the source, Übergeek, Andi Mann, on mending fences between IT and business leaders | Cloud Era Institute. While…

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Why Your Big Data Needs Good Algorithms – Datamation

Why Your Big Data Needs Good Algorithms – Datamation

I was interviewed last week for a new article by my mate, the most excellent Andy Patrizio, writing for one of my favourite journals, Datamation. We talked about algorithms and more, and he also talked with Gartner and others too. This is a really interesting piece, you should read the whole thing over at Datamation; but here is a short preview… “Data will tell you everything, and data is absolutely growing. The problem is people can’t deal with the volumes of data. Data scientists can do amazing things but it’s only that top level data that’s valuable,” said Andi Mann, chief technology advocate for Splunk, a platform provider of operational intelligence. He added that the problem with algorithms is they can be static, doing the same thing over and over with the data. “Which is fine, in some cases. But if you are trying to disrupt a market, build a business…

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As interest grows, container management features still missing

As interest grows, container management features still missing

I had a great chat recently with a fantastic journo and a good mate, Alex Barrett over at Tech Target, about one of the hottest areas in virtualization, cloud, and DevOps. Yep, that big! Enterprise IT shops are interested in containers, but there’s a lot that needs to happen before they adopt them whole-hog, said Andi Mann, business technology strategist at Sageable, an independent technology consulting firm. “I’m hearing a lot of enterprises talk about whether they should or shouldn’t adopt containers, which usually means that they will,” said Mann. We’re already seeing a lot of traction in agile development environments, where there are strong processes in place for open source tools, but enterprise-wide adoption is a different story, and “the difference is the management layer.” “Sure, there are a lot of orchestration tools, for example, but we’re still missing a lot of the more mundane management features such as…

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5 Channel Ops: Big Show Highlights

5 Channel Ops: Big Show Highlights

My great mate Lorna Garey recently reached out and invited me to present at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. My first time at this event made me wonder why I had never attended before. It was absolutely buzzing, and huge interest in both the Expo floor and sessions. I presented on ‘Cloud Computing’s Gold Lining: Channel Opportunities in the Era for Everything-as-a-Service’ to a packed luncheon crowd, and was energized by the positive response. In a new article reviewing the conference, Lorna posted some of the ideas I put out there on the day. You should read this at the source over at http://www.channelpartnersonline.com/blogs/lorna-garey-blog/2015/03/5-channel-ops-big-show-highlights.aspx.

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Big Enterprises Need Big DevOps

Big Enterprises Need Big DevOps

The more I encounter organizations adopting a DevOps approach, the more I believe that everyone needs DevOps. I increasingly see how it addresses fundamental problems that nearly every IT organization faces. If you ask senior executives if their organizations are doing DevOps, you often get a blank stare. However, ask them if they are doing anything to foster better collaboration and communication between Development and Operations and you will find that there is not a single organization that is not doing something in this effort. I am also coming to understand that DevOps is at a crossroads and you can see the signs of it in the way companies are using DevOps. Like ITIL before it, instead of sticking to a “pure” DevOps methodology, many companies are adapting DevOps and forcing it to flex. DevOps is such a good idea, yet it is so utterly foreign for so many (especially…

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Consumer-Driven Development Creates a Governance Black Hole

Consumer-Driven Development Creates a Governance Black Hole

Consumerization of IT (CoIT) is rapidly giving way to Consumer-driven IT (CDIT), as tech-savvy consumers drive businesses to deliver increasingly innovative and satisfying technology experiences. As a result, consumer-driven development is focused heavily on delivering convenience, ease of use, mobility, low cost, rapid updates, and cool interfaces. This disruptive approach is enabling exciting innovations, from mobile apps for securely sharing personal photos with friends, to cloud services that let developers rapidly build and deploy environments. However, it also causes these same businesses to neglect some essential back-end requirements – like governance, security, and compliance.

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Harness APIs to Deliver Competitive Applications in the ‘Cloud of Clouds’ | Cloud Computing Journal

Harness APIs to Deliver Competitive Applications in the ‘Cloud of Clouds’ | Cloud Computing Journal

I was recently privileged to be invited to speak at the excellent Cloud Expo 2013 Silicon Valley, to reprise my presentation in New York at the 2013 Cloud Expo East, and to speak on a panel session with some amazing cloud experts. You can read more about the many happenings at the event in my recent post, ‘Fantastic Cloud Expo West … Again!’. I was subsequently invited to submit a paper on my presentation topic, ‘Harnessing APIs to Deliver Competitive Applications in the ‘Cloud of Clouds’ to Cloud Computing Journal: IT organizations face a growing demand for faster innovation and new applications to support emerging opportunities in social, mobile, growth markets, Big Data analytics, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and more. This is great news because it shows that IT continues to be a key stakeholder in delivering business service innovation. However, it also means that IT must deliver new…

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The Emergence and Benefits of DevOps

The Emergence and Benefits of DevOps

Is your organization dealing with a “digital disconnect”? In this new video, filmed with Bloomberg Media, I discuss the DevOps business model, its features, and the benefits your organization can expect to experience with the adoption of this unifying model. For more perspectives on IT trends, visit the CA Technologies DevOps Tech Insights page http://www.ca.com/us/insights/techinsights/devops.aspx

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IBM mainframe cloud innovation. Worst oxymoron evar? Or …

IBM mainframe cloud innovation. Worst oxymoron evar? Or …

There was much shared mirth on Twitter recently over a blog post by Quentin Hardy (@qhardy), the Deputy Tech Editor and The New York Times. The short post was titled IBM’s Big Plans for Cloud Computing, and it is worth a read, if nothing else than for a little context of what IBM is thinking about cloud. Featuring Lance Crosby (@lavosby), CEO and Founder of SoftLayer (recently acquired by IBM), it did indeed have some choice hyperbole. For example, this gem:

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The ‘Myth’ of the Mainframe Cloud

The ‘Myth’ of the Mainframe Cloud

Recently I read an interesting piece by Quentin Hardy (@qhardy), the Deputy Tech Editor and The New York Times on IBM’s Big Plans for Cloud Computing. Featuring Lance Crosby (@lavosby), CEO and Founder of SoftLayer (recently acquired by IBM), it raised the always-expected but never-delivered notion of an IBM mainframe cloud.

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DaaS Floodgates Open, but the River Behind Them is Dry

DaaS Floodgates Open, but the River Behind Them is Dry

Today over at the Gartner.com blogs, leading analyst and all-around top bloke Gunnar Berger penned a great post on the announcement last week by Amazon (at re:Invent) of their Amazon Workspaces offering. Put perhaps too simply, this new solution uses the famous Amazon Web Services (AWS) backend to provide a so-called ‘Desktop As a Service’ (DaaS) solution, allowing end users to connect on-demand to their own desktop in the cloud, hosted on Amazon’s servers. The post – ‘The DaaS floodgates are open thanks to Amazon WorkSpaces‘ – is well worth reading, and one of the best balanced views I have seen so far. I am so happy to see an even analysis that attempts to get to the roots of this offering with real world insight. Seeing so many boosters posting uncritical reviews from re:Invent was driving me crazy, so it is great to see a more balanced view of…

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