Posts Tagged ‘ Gartner ’

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…

Read more »

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…

Read more »

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.

Read more »

Video Roundup – Gartner Symposium and ITxpo 2013

Video Roundup – Gartner Symposium and ITxpo 2013

I was recently at Gartner Symposium and ITxpo 2013 in Orlando Florida. Another great Symposium, with some excellent speakers, centering on the topic of “digitalization” – fascinating stuff! While I was there, I presented with the great Ken Piddington (@kenpiddington), CIO of Global Partners LP, on “Taking Charge of the Digital Revolution”. Great turn-out, and Ken was such a brilliant co-presenter. We talked about cloud, devops, mobile, social, and the gos station of the future, as a way to illustrate the incredible innovation that is coming fast, in the form of this digital revolution. You can catch the whole presentation in the on-demand video (as long as it is still there when you read this). I also recorded a quick impromptu roundup of what I thought was cool and interesting. Check it out at the CA Technologies YouTube channel, or embedded below:

Read more »

Spending next week immersed in IT

Spending next week immersed in IT

Next week I will join thousands of other IT professionals at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2012 in Orlando. I have been to Symposium and ITxpo many times before, in many different roles, and it never disappoints. There is so much to see and hear and do, so many people to meet, so much technology to check out, and so many ways to learn about the changing role of IT and business. I will be racing at 100 miles an hour every day just to take it all in! I am especially looking forward to the Symposium keynotes, and of course hearing what the industry movers and shakers from Gartner and others have to say. This conference perhaps more than any other seems to set an agenda for CIOs in the coming 12 months, so it is exciting to be there again to hear it for myself. The ITxpo is also a buzz,…

Read more »

10 Ways IT Can Own Cloud Decisions

10 Ways IT Can Own Cloud Decisions

How IT leaders can bring the true value of cloud computing to their organizations. Much of the hype surrounding cloud computing is causing confusion among enterprise IT looking to cloud to solve problems and hoping not to introduce more. Unfortunately several sources ranging from industry experts to news articles to well-known technology evangelists seem to be providing more questions around cloud than answers. IT needs some clarity and guidance to ensure their cloud endeavors produce the promised benefits. To be certain, the public cloud is a fantastic thing. It has a role to play for consumers, and even for many businesses (what’s wrong with using Gmail or Google Apps for your business?). And cloud computing for business, government, and other organizations is, without doubt, the future of IT. But we need to have at it with eyes wide open. Here are ten things IT needs to do to take ownership of…

Read more »

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…

Read more »

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…

Read more »

Is the cloud really ready for prime time?

Is the cloud really ready for prime time?

I was very privileged to be interviewed by Brandon Butler over at NetworkWorld recently – and he kindly included some of my quotes in a great article on cloud,”Is the cloud really ready for prime time?”. With a bunch of smart people, including Gartner’s Tom Bittman, Rightscale CEO Michael Crandell, FireHost CEO Chris Drake, Rackspace CTO John Engates, Allwyn Sequeira, CTO at VMware. Here is some of what I had to say: But not everyone is as willing at Coupa and Naik to move completely to the cloud. Large enterprise customers are not yet widely using public, multi-tenant clouds for mission-critical applications, according to consultants and industry experts. “Large enterprises continue to embrace private clouds,” says Andi Mann, vice president of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies, who recently wrote a blog post titled “Why the public cloud is a big fat enterprise fail.” “IT organizations increasingly understand the risks, opportunities,…

Read more »

Public Cloud Computing is NOT For Everyone

Public Cloud Computing is NOT For Everyone

Without pointing any fingers, there seems to be a persistent refrain from some public cloud computing proponents that says, ‘If you are running your own IT, then you are doing it wrong’. This attitude fails to account for the magnitude and value of many legacy investments in people, process, and technology. It ignores the many challenges and risks posed by migrating enterprise IT to public cloud service providers. I have no doubt that many organizations will continue to run their own IT, even as they also adopt public cloud services – for very good reasons. At the same time, many will migrate their entire IT environment, wholesale, to public cloud services. I do not see this as even slightly contentious.

Read more »

Top Ways to Start and Expand Your Virtualization Deployments

Top Ways to Start and Expand Your Virtualization Deployments

Last week I spoke with Pam Baker, a writer with CIO Update, for an article titled The Top 5 Places to Use Virtualization. As you would expect from an experienced professional like Pam, it was a great article, with solid contributions from many others as well. Pam specifically asked me to provide readers with advice on how to move into production with virtualization, and following our discussion published her article, including this section on ‘Low Risk Services’: Move the easy stuff — Web servers, print servers, file servers, single-system applications, etc. — first. “Co-locating these environments on virtual machines delivers quick wins in business continuity, agility, resource efficiency, and of course cost savings — both cap-ex and op-ex,” explains Andi Mann, vice president of Product Marketing at CA Technologies Virtualization and Service Automation Business Unit. Moving low-risk services such as HR systems — file servers and Intranet applications, for example,…

Read more »