Recently, I published an article pushing back on criticism of Gartner’s Bimodal IT model (Bimodal IT: Why the Critics are Wrong). When the article hit Twitter, it generated a lot of froth and discussion. Many folks jumped up to tell me that I was still wrong. Other arguments also came to the fore.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Washington Post recently reported on a secret government program to snoop Internet data, named PRISM. How will this revelation impact the cloud computing world and could it put a damper on cloud adoption?
If hybrid cars are “green cars,” what is a hybrid cloud? Can enterprises simply pick public or private and ignore hybrid alternatives, or are hybrids really the best of both worlds?
Dave Roberts and Scott Bils will both be speaking at Interop on Tuesday, May 7. Dave is organizing, speaking, and moderating the Enterprise Cloud Summit, Private Clouds Workshop. Scott will be doing a session titled When to Build Your Private Cloud in the Private Clouds Workshop. The workshop will include great sessions on: Cloud economics, […]
We’ve mentioned in the past that analysts have been predicting most of the IT spending growth for 2013 would ride the back of mobile technologies. It’s now looking like those predictions are being fulfilled even more than expected.
Many enterprises are starting their cloud computing journey with a private cloud. But what is a private cloud? Are they real or just “IT as we always knew it” ?
In 1939, the world plunged into the Second World War, lasting the better part of six years. All the major powers of the time were involved. Numerous fronts opened up, with large campaigns in Asia, Africa, Europe, and skirmishes even in the Americas. In the end, the victors set the policies that directed world affairs […]
TechCrunch reported yesterday that Gartner has released its annual forecast of IT spending growth. The analyst firm says that global IT spending will grow by 4.1 percent, to $3.8 trillion in 2013. That’s up from 2.1 percent growth in 2012, indicating some signs of economic recovery in the tech sector. Overall, the big winners are […]
When you ask people, “What is are the biggest benefits of cloud computing?” you’re likely to get a couple top answers: reduced IT costs and increased business agility. But when you probe people beyond that, asking them, “How does cloud computing help with those things?” the conversation quickly turns mushy.
GigaOm is reporting that Comscore just released new numbers on mobile market share in the USA. As expected, Android remains in the top spot with more than 50% market share, spread across multiple vendors. Apple’s iOS reported in with nearly 38% market share. Android share fell 1.3 points from October, however, while iOS rose by 3.5 points. […]
How do cloud computing, big data, and other “agile” technologies improve business agility? Why, “Automation!” of course. That’s part of it, but you’re missing the biggest gains.
There is a battle heating up between ARM and Intel to see which processor architecture will rule in the 21st century. Intel x86 is the entrenched incumbent today, but ARM offers a distinct power advantage that may make it more attractive in the future. What’s the best CPU given the demands we see coming?
The cloud computing wave is unstoppable. Smart IT workers are embracing the opportunities and riding that wave to new career highs, but you’ll need to embrace the new cloud mindset. What does the cloud jobs landscape look like heading into 2013?
Earlier today, Canonical announced its intent to deliver a new version of Ubuntu, targeting smartphones. To highlight some directions for 2013 and sell the concept of an Ubuntu phone, Mark Shuttleworth delivered a virtual keynote video. In the video, Shuttleworth shows off the phone UI in detail, demonstrating how users can interact with the device. […]
This one is a couple months old, but the headline caught my eye, as well as the analysis within. You know the punch line because we’ve already covered it — Windows 8 is the new Vista. But DailyTech asks, “Does it matter?” Increasingly Microsoft’s revenue stream is driven by licensing software (such as Office and […]
In the old days, the CIO was responsible for delivering IT infrastructure to increase worker productivity. Increasingly, IT is part of the products we buy, in effect, becoming a new raw material for the business. And this requires a different kind of CIO leading radical IT transformation initiatives.