Why Many Private Cloud Projects are Failing

While survey after survey show that enterprises claim to prefer private cloud models, IT is struggling to deliver.  Off the record many in the IT consulting and SI business will say the majority of private cloud pilots they’re seeing aren’t going  well.  In fact some believe that up to 90% of private cloud pilots in […]

Why CIOs Need Product Managers Now

There are two fairly indisputable facts about enterprise IT environments today: Cloud computing is here to stay – while it’s still early days, CIOs have largely moved past the question of whether SaaS, PaaS and IaaS models are enterprise ready. While there certainly are debates around suitability for particular workloads, most CIOs have accepted the […]

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?

Why Dell Could Have Won in Public Cloud IaaS

With the announcement earlier this week of its new IaaS partner ecosystem, it appears that Dell has gotten out of the business of directly providing public cloud IaaS services itself.  While Dell still may eventually return with its own OpenStack based offering, it appears it’s out of the public cloud IaaS game for now. With […]

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.

Don’t Underestimate Microsoft in the Enterprise Cloud Race

Microsoft last week announced the general availability of Azure Infrastructure Services.  This marks a notable course correction for Microsoft, which initially provided Azure solely through a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model.  While many market observers assume that public cloud IaaS in the enterprise is now a three horse race between Amazon AWS, Rackspace and Google, they may […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

OSX vs. Windows Upgrade Rates

Earlier, we discussed the upgrade rates that Microsoft is seeing with Windows 8. Unfortunately, those are starting to characterize the operating system as more of a Vista lemon than a Windows 7 success. Infoworld reports that Apple doesn’t seem to have the same problem with OSX, however. The last three versions of Apple’s desktop operating […]

Windows 8 Might be the New Vista

Microsoft Windows 8 is garnering headlines that only competitors like Apple could love. Network World proclaims, “Windows 8 uptake: More like Vista than Windows 7.” While Windows 8 uptake rate edged Vista’s first full month — that OS ended February 2007 with a 1% share of all Windows systems — the new edition actually jumped […]

Jakob Nielsen on Windows 8: “Disappointing Usability”

Recently, user experience (UX) guru, Jakob Nielsen, delivered his analysis of Windows 8 on both tablets and PCs. The verdict, in typical Nielsen style, was blunt: Hidden features, reduced discoverability, cognitive overhead from dual environments, and reduced power from a single-window UI and low information density. Too bad. Nielsen lays out the reasoning and the […]

Nobody can “out-Windows” Microsoft

People have a love/hate relationship with Microsoft Windows — either you love it or you don’t. Like many things, objective truth probably lives somewhere between the two emotional poles. But if your enterprise is fully bought into Microsoft technologies, you probably want to go with the “real thing” whenever possible. ZDnet writes: Amazon announced on […]