About Dave Roberts

Dave is passionate about making sure information technology delivers concrete business benefit. For the past couple decades, Dave has worked as an engineer, entrepreneur, and strategy and marketing executive for high tech companies, large and small. When he's not cranking on his day job or spending time with his family, he's blogging for Leverhawk, speaking at industry conferences, or writing business plans for oddball startup ideas. Follow him on Twitter or Google+.

Four Bimodal IT Objections You Need to Understand

  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.

Bimodal IT: Why the Critics are Wrong

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

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?

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

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 […]

Will PRISM have a Chilling Effect on Cloud Computing Adoption?

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?

What is a Hybrid Cloud? — A Tutorial

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?

Join Leverhawk Writers at Interop on May 7

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, […]

PC Market Decline More Than Expected in First Quarter

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.

What is a Private Cloud? — A Tutorial

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” ?

Understanding the Great Tech War

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 […]

Gartner: 2013 IT Spending at $3.8 Trillion on Mobile Growth

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 […]

What do Fighter Pilots, Communists, and British Coal have to do with Clouds?

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.

It’s (Still) an Android and iOS World

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. […]

Business Agility: How Does Cloud Computing and Big Data Help?

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.

What’s the Best CPU for Cloud and Mobile? ARM vs. Intel x86

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 2013 Cloud Jobs Landscape

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?

Who’s Up For an Ubuntu Phone?

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. […]

Gartner: 80 Percent of Businesses Will Skip Windows 8

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 […]

CIO and IT Transformation: IT is the New Raw Material

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.