As I was watching this thread develop, with various comments from people that
live and breathe IT, one thing kept coming to mind. IT people often try and
justify new technology with technology reasoning. It's analogous to answering
a question with another question.
Far too often, because IT has almost always been looked at as a cost-center
and measured for ROI based on cost-reduction or productivity improvements,
technologist feel the need to drive the justification for a new project based
How will it be cheaper than the last project? How will it reduce spending for
the business in some way? How can this eliminate something that isn't as
effective as this new technology?
The right answer is DevOps.
Huh? Why would I use a technology term, "DevOps", as the answer to the
question when I just got done saying we shouldn't use technology to explain
technology? Be... (more)
In Part I of this series, I looked at some of the thinking and buyer behavior
similarities between today's financial services and today's Cloud Computing
trends. In Part II, I wanted to look at the potential similarities in the
value-chain between these two markets.
In the past, financial services was dominated by investment banks, insurance
companies and large financial conglomerates. They had access to the largest
amounts of capitals and access to the best knowledge of market trends.
Investors could enable portfolios that created steady, diversified returns
that would allow the... (more)
There is a lot of buzz these days about DevOps, the movement to blur the
lines between application development and IT operations. The thinking goes -
if there is direct linkage between the functions (or if they are a single
group), then how the applications are operated is always top-of-mind and
things like security, automation and scalability can be designed-in from Day
But as we move towards a world that is heavily dominated by touch-screen
devices (gestures instead of clicks), apps replacing applications (UI + API +
Data) and API integration between various services, I'm st... (more)
Long, long ago, in a Data Center far, far away, I used to consider myself
reasonably knowledgeable in the ways of networking. Somewhere on a dusty
bookshelf or the bottom of a packing box is a remind that I once held Cisco
CCIE #3077. And I was even once semi-knowledgeable about a significant
transition from a function that was hardware-centric to one that led a
revolution to software-centric productivity.
But even as I spend more time trying to grasp Software Defined
Networking (SDN), talking with some of the smartest people in the
industry, I find myself still left with some ... (more)
A few weeks ago, I wrote my pre-show thoughts about VMworld 2012. Much of it
was focused on the need for VMware to diversify their technology and business
model(s) as customer needs are evolving beyond server virtualization.
Now that the US event is over, I wanted to jot down some thoughts before they
burn away like the San Francisco fog that greeted us each morning.
The audience was more diverse than in years past - While VMworld always draws
a huge group of infrastructure-centric people, this year had a greater
diversity of new groups in attendance, even if only around the fringes... (more)