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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]