Do Enterprises Need an Agile Approach to Cloud Strategy?

Now that corporate IT is finally taking cloud seriously, we’re starting to see development of more explicit enterprise-wide “cloud strategies”.   Whether driven internally or with the help of external consultants, many of these take familiar IT strategy development processes and direct them at cloud.  Here are some common pitfalls we’re seeing with many of these […]

Seven Things We Learned at Cloud Connect

It was an interesting week last week at Cloud Connect Silicon Valley. In addition to the keynotes and track sessions, we also saw the release of the summary results of the latest joint Cloud Connect / Everest Group survey on enterprise cloud adoption.  Here are the seven things we took away from the conference, the […]

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 […]

How Cloud is Transforming the Enterprise Call Center

One of the more interesting corners of the enterprise market where cloud is starting to drive real disruption and transformation is in the call center. Call center environments are comprised of a variety of systems including interactive voice response (IVRs), automatic call distributors (ACDs), outbound dialers and other components that have traditionally been provided by […]

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.

Learn How Enterprises Are Embracing Cloud Disruption

Saving money is nothing compared to beating your competitors to market with a better product. This is the revelation that’s rapidly taking hold in the enterprise CIO’s office. Until very recently, most enterprise IT leaders would tell you that their primary goal in moving to cloud computing was related to cost reduction, primarily through server […]

Five Takeaways from the JPMorgan Chase PaaS Announcement

In one of the more eye-opening recent announcements in the world of enterprise cloud, JPMorgan Chase said last week that it has migrated nearly all of its internal .NET and Java applications to a PaaS model.  Over 430 development teams, 2,000 applications and 4 data centers are now in production in a PaaS  environment delivered by Apprenda.  It […]

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 Transformation Case Study – Toyota

You may recall we talked about Toyota in an earlier post about their impressive use of cloud services to drive back-office transformation.  We’d like to shift gears (pun intended) to the front-office to talk about how Toyota is using cloud to transform the customer service experience and how it engages with its customers. Toyota’s vision […]

Rackspace Earnings – Did the Market Overreact?

Rackspace took quite a beating last week after announcing on Tuesday that cloud revenue growth appears to be decelerating.  The stock ended up down nearly 20%, reflecting the fact that Wall Street expectations for growth were high.  Rackspace is actually one of the few vendors that makes cloud services growth numbers public, making them subject […]

Standardization and Simplification – The Keys to Unlocking Cloud Value

When it comes to enterprise cloud and sources of business value, the discussion typically focuses on business agility, flexibility and cost efficiency.   One of the most powerful, yet unsung ways that cloud is actually driving enterprise-class business value in practice is through standardization and simplification.  In fact some of the most compelling business cases seen […]

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.

Five Mistakes that Enterprise Cloud Service Providers are Making

A wide array of players is aggressively attacking the enterprise cloud infrastructure services market. The competitive landscape includes providers from a variety of backgrounds, including hosting companies such as Rackspace, GoGrid, and Tier3; telcos such as AT&T, Verizon, Telstra, and BT; and legacy enterprise IT service providers such as IBM, HP, CSC, and Dell. They’re […]

When Financial Factors Work Against the Cloud

Flexible, consumption –based pricing models in most cases make cloud services economically and financially attractive to CFOs.  The ability to get IT “off the balance sheet” through subscription-based services is seen as a big positive for cloud migration from a financial point of view.  Despite this apparent advantage, there are cases where financial factors can […]

IT Transformation Case Study – Domino Sugar

For many enterprises the cost to operate and maintain complex ERP systems consumes a large part of the IT budget.  Given security and application performance requirements, you wouldn’t think that ERP would be on the top of the CIO’s list for cloud migration.  Domino Sugar thought otherwise, and successfully migrated their SAP ERP environment to […]

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?

Amazon’s AWS Enterprise Strategy is Actually Pretty Simple

“Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” Many assume that because Amazon AWS isn’t aggressively building large-scale direct sales, solutioning and support capabilities like IBM and HP that it has no enterprise strategy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Amazon has had an intentional, purposeful strategy for the enterprise market for years.  But […]

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. […]