Bimodal IT: Why the Critics are Wrong

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Gartner’s bimodal IT model has been controversial from the start. The model is a cornerstone of Gartner’s digital business recommendations, but critics say that it’s DOA. I’m far from a Gartner fanboy, but the critics are wrong, and bimodal IT is here to stay. In fact, you’re already doing it.

Cloud-Native Tutorial: The Microservice You Use Every Day

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All the talk about cloud-native application design revolves around “microservices.” Rather than writing big, monolithic applications, the theory goes, we should make better use of the cloud and break these applications up into a set of small (“micro”) services. Ideally, these services would be reusable in a number of different contexts. Then, application design reduces to […]

Have You Mapped Your DevOps Territory?

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The DevOps movement promises a lot of benefits to enterprises wanting to turbocharge their application development and delivery processes. Unfortunately, many DevOps implementation projects end up going off the rails as the team gets distracted with meaningless minutia and organizational dynamics. To keep your team from wandering into the DevOps wilderness, you need to have […]

DevOps Gold: What the Olympics Teaches Us About Agile Development and Release

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This week, I spoke at DevOps Summit / Cloud Expo 2014 in New York City. The presentation was titled “DevOps Gold: What the Olympics Teaches Us About Agile Development and Release.” At the recent winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, we saw athletes from all over the world striving for excellence. Some turned in the best […]

Join Leverhawk at the Interop Cloud Connect Summit

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Just like Cloud and DevOps, the discussion around IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) is entering the mainstream in the enterprise. The conversation has moved from the theoretical to practical, as CIOs are recognizing that ITaaS models will play a critical role in providing the speed and agility that the business needs. Next week at the Interop / Cloud […]

Cloud, Enterprise Architecture and The Missing Link

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One of the most compelling drivers for Cloud and ITaaS transformation is the time-to-market improvements that come from enabling self-serve access for business users.  Rather than waiting for IT to provision resources, the business can select, configure and deploy services on their own through a service catalog.  With this advantage, the business can more easily […]

CIOs, Cloud Transformation and That Vision Thing

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It is a tad ironic that marketing and communications will make or break many enterprise cloud transformation efforts. Needless to say most IT professionals weren’t drawn to the job because they wanted to market and sell technology. Based on what we’re seeing 2014 does seem to be emerging as the year that IT rolls up […]

2013 Roundup: Our Top 10 Posts of the Year

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As we look back on a fascinating year in enterprise cloud, we wanted to share our top ten blog posts from 2013 based on site traffic. Leave us a comment and let us know your favorite topics, and which ones you’d like to read more about in 2014. #1: Four New Skills CIOs Need to […]

5 Reasons Why CIOs Need to Incubate Cloud

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As the analyst predictions for 2014 start to roll in, it is clear that cloud is becoming an accepted component of the enterprise IT portfolio. The implications of this trend extend far beyond technology, and will play a large role in redefining the scope and role of enterprise IT. As we discussed in a webinar […]

Webinar: Expand Your Customer AWS Footprint with Leverhawk

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We’re excited to announce that Amazon and Leverhawk will be holding a joint webinar for the AWS Partner Network (APN) next Thursday, December 12th at 9a PT / 12p ET.  The session will focus on how Leverhawk can work with System Integrators (SI), Managed Service Providers and VARs to expand customer usage of AWS. As enterprise customers […]

Leverhawk’s New Amazon AWS Accelerator

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Many enterprises we meet with are already using Amazon AWS for new web apps, websites, DevTest environments and other basic use cases. As they seek to extend usage of AWS more broadly across their organizations, these organizations face a series of new, important questions: What are the highest impact production workloads we should migrate to AWS? How […]

The Growing Need for Hybrid APM

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Distributed systems and applications running across a mixture of dedicated servers, virtualized components, and cloud services is the new normal. This growing fragmentation of the enterprise IT environment is creating new application performance monitoring challenges. Each service provider creates their own reporting. Application vendors have yet another. Internal IT departments have custom metrics that must […]

5 Practical Steps to Getting Started With ITaaS

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Many CIOs view ITaaS as an interesting theory or concept, but don’t know how to make it real given the day-to-day challenges they face. The fact is, CIOs are already being pushed towards becoming an ITaaS provider, though they may not recognize it yet as such. “Shadow IT”, private and hybrid cloud initiatives are all […]

Cloud Ain’t Just For Cowboys

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The pioneers of the American West were the cowboys—rugged individuals who didn’t care much for laws or process.  Similarly, the pioneer users of cloud computing have been app developers looking for a quick way to get the resources they need to do their work.  Rather than waiting around for IT to deploy the infrastructure resources […]

The Real Story Behind Cloud and Financial Transparency

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Much of the discussion around cloud and financial transparency focuses on the need to expose the true cost of IT services to business users. With consumption-based pricing, business users need to understand how usage and behavior will drive costs. This requires IT finance to shift their focus from supporting an annual capex driven budgeting process […]

Join Leverhawk at Cloud Connect Chicago

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Cloud Connect Chicago, to be held on October 21-23, is right around the corner. Leverhawk representatives will be leading several sessions for CIOs and IT decision-makers seeking to develop their cloud strategies and roadmaps for business and IT transformation. Leverhawk’s Dave Roberts will lead the Virtualization and Private Cloud Bootcamp on Monday, October 21st, the […]

Why Cloud is the Service Catalog’s New Best Friend

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The service catalog hasn’t exactly been one of the sexier topics in enterprise IT.  Introduced as a IT service management best practice with ITIL v3, the general idea is that service catalogs should provide a central list of services, SLAs, and prices along with service request processes. Users go to the service catalog, pick what […]

Can the Cloud, ITIL and ITSM Coexist?

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Can cloud computing and the traditional IT service management (ITSM) framework, based on the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), play well together? Is this a legitimate debate or a simple distraction? ITIL defines best practices for service managers in IT so they, in turn, can have reliable and continuously improving IT services for their solutions. With […]

Webinar Recap: Empower, Innovate, Transform – 3 Must-Do Steps for IT to Maintain Relevancy in a Cloud World

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Now that cloud, big data and other next generation technologies are here to stay, CIOs face a fundamental choice. They can either accept the fact that they are now service providers competing with external vendors for budget dollars, or become impediments to change and lose relevance. Those choosing to become service providers are finding they […]

I Can See Clearly Now the Clouds Are Gone

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I can see clearly now the clouds are gone… Our vision is blurred by the thought of cloud. We know we need it, yet we don’t really understand why and how. The idea of cloud is in many cases impeding real progress in developing a new operating model for IT; and unfortunately, the industry isn’t […]