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Maturity in the Cloud: Start Thinking Like a Grown-Up | CloudTimes

Maturity in the Cloud: Start Thinking Like a Grown-Up | CloudTimes

I had a new article posted by the good people over at CloudTimes, titled ‘Maturity in the Cloud: Start Thinking Like a Grown-Up‘. In it I review the results of new research into cloud computing that shows the businesses that are most successful with cloud are the ones that are have dived in, even at its earliest: Despite the inclination to wait until all of the cloud’s kinks have been worked out, holding off on cloud initiatives until the industry matures won’t guarantee success. The fact is, the greater an organization’s experience with cloud, the greater the benefits. This is one of the key findings in CA Technologies’ “TechInsights Report: Cloud Succeeds. Now What?,” a new study that queried 542 organizations in the United States and Europe using various types of cloud for at least one year or more. Read the whole article at the source – Maturity in the…

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What Happened at CA World: Mobility, DevOps and, Yes, the Mainframe

What Happened at CA World: Mobility, DevOps and, Yes, the Mainframe

After attending at least five CA Worlds over the years, the most recent show in Las Vegas hummed with a new kind of vitality. Here are some of my first impressions of what I saw and heard at CA World 2013. From our own CEO’s comments to the booths to customers describing their work, the talk and excitement went far beyond the usual topics, such as ITIL and service management. CA World has always been really practical, pragmatic and useful. This year it also had an excitement that I hadn’t felt before. What struck me especially was how our customers are finding new ways to drive innovation and business value in everything from mobile to DevOps to mainframes. First up is mobility. My conversations at CA World drove home to me how mobility is fundamentally changing the role of IT and how it develops apps. On the show floor I was…

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Nick Carr’s ‘IT Doesn’t Matter’ still matters – Network World

Nick Carr’s ‘IT Doesn’t Matter’ still matters – Network World

I recently spoke with one of my favorite commentators, Network World journalist/editor Ann Bednarz (@annbednarz), on the 10th anniversary of the publication of Nick Carr’s seminal article, “IT Doesn’t Matter’.  Carr’s article shook the foundations of IT – not entirely for the right reasons, or in the right way. In her new article, Ann does a great job tapping into the zeitgeist of that time, reviewing the surprisingly long tail of this article. I am honored that she chose to include some of my thoughts too: The jarring headline of Carr’s May 2003 article, “IT Doesn’t Matter,” is what many people remember, and it tends to overshadow his more thought-provoking thesis: that companies have overestimated the strategic value of IT, which is becoming ubiquitous and therefore diminishing as a source of competitive differentiation. … “He didn’t look into the future. He looked at the present state and saw a lethargic,…

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▶ CloudViews Unplugged: May 2013

▶ CloudViews Unplugged: May 2013

In this episode of CloudViews Unplugged, Andi Mann and George Watt of CA Technologies discuss the growth of Microsoft Azure, the EPA’s move to cloud, seven misconceptions of cloud, international cloud computing stories and more! Watch Sir Richard Branson’s CA World Keynote and the Luminaries Live! replay here: http://www.ca.com/us/CAWorld/Virtual/Virtual-Conference.aspx via ▶ CloudViews Unplugged: May 2013 – YouTube.

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The Top Five Can’t-Miss Cloud Sessions at CA World 2013

The Top Five Can’t-Miss Cloud Sessions at CA World 2013

As most of you are well aware (unless you’ve been living under a rock), CA World is just days away. And the hype leading up to the event is palpable. With so many things to see, people to meet, and fun to be had, I thought it would be a good time to tell you about some of the most coveted sessions you won’t want to miss. While there are many sessions planned around those disruptive new trends we are seeing evolve before our eyes, I wanted to focus this particular post on the cloud-related sessions – this is a Cloud Storm Chasing crew after all. In full disclosure, I thought this would be a quick post to write. Turns out I was wrong.  When you search for “cloud” within the session catalog, there are over 90 sessions to choose from! That makes it hard to narrow it down to…

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CloudViews Unplugged: April 2013

CloudViews Unplugged: April 2013

In this episode of CloudViews Unplugged, Andi Mann and George Watt of CA Technologies discuss the hard truths of cloud computing, cloud tax laws, robots leveraging the cloud to complete complex tasks and more!  

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Let’s Redefine “IoT” to Mean “The Innovation of Things”

Let’s Redefine “IoT” to Mean “The Innovation of Things”

When pundits first began talking about the Internet of Things-also known as “IoT“-the buzz was around applications consumers would use as zillions of devices connected to the Internet. Who doesn’t remember the breathless articles about how our refrigerators would scan product bar codes as we moved items in and about, and automatically manage a shopping list at our favorite market. Ten years on, most of us are still using paper and pen, or maybe our smartphone, to keep track of what we need to buy at the supermarket. But that doesn’t mean that the Internet of Things isn’t alive and well. It is, and so is a hotbed of innovation around it. The real surprise, though, is that the IOT’s real potential turns out to be on the business side of things. In fact, the Internet of Things is far more powerful than using an appliance (such as a refrigerator)…

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CloudViews Unplugged: March 2013

CloudViews Unplugged: March 2013

In this episode of CloudViews Unplugged, Andi Mann and George Watt of CA Technologies discuss migration to the cloud, IBM’s Watson helps oncologists develop cancer treatments, green cloud algorithms, and the zombie alert issued over the Emergency Alert System.

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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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Forrester: 70% of “private clouds” aren’t really clouds at all – Network World

Forrester: 70% of “private clouds” aren’t really clouds at all – Network World

The illustrious Brandon Butler of Network World recently took up the debate about cloudwashing, and what exactly makes up a ‘real’ private cloud. While James Staten of Forrester take a reasonably strict line with cloudwashing I tend to be a little more pragmatics. If it delivers value, then maybe we don’t need to be so strict on terminology? Andi Mann, a vice president of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies and cloud pundit, pumps the brakes a little bit on this discussion though. “If you don’t have all five (characteristics), then you’re getting into semantics,” he says. The real question, he says, is not whether the five check marks can be made to call something a cloud – it’s whether IT is serving its users appropriately. “Sometimes 80% of cloud is good enough,” he says. “What it’s really all about is business service. Who cares what you call it; what you…

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Private Cloud Roundtable: Issues and Challenges

Private Cloud Roundtable: Issues and Challenges

On February 19th, I was invited to join a great Google+ Hangout roundtable to talk about private cloud issues and challenges, with some really smart experts, including: Kurt Milne, Director of CloudOps Marketing, VMware (my ‘Visible Ops – Private Cloud‘ co-author) Gordon Haff, Cloud Evangelist, Red Hat Sam Charrington, Principal Analyst, CloudPulse Strategies Mark Thiele, EVP of Data Center Technology, Switch Andi Mann, VP of Strategic Solutions, CA Technologies Hosted by James Maguire, managing editor of Datamation, it was streamed live, with the expert panel providing advice about deploying a private cloud, addressing issues like security, costs, and the reasons private cloud fail. We also recorded it for posterity, so you can see it any time, right here: And make sure to check out the accompanying article on Datamation!

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