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)
Google announced yesterday that they would be making some changes to their
executive team and I covered one angle on that here. Even more interesting
than the pace of change over the last 10 years is what Google 3.0 might look
like. I wrote my MBA Strategy thesis on a future Google business model, but
that was two years ago and it seems woefully out of date now. Looking back on
it now, it was very focused on moving into new ways to collect information
(mobile, social, etc.), enhancing the core advertising business.
If I look at where Google is now, and why they might have been con... (more)
I'm not proud of this, but I'm the father of a child who has become a
reality-show junkie. To be more specific, my child is a TLC reality-show
junkie. Luckily it's not all the shows, some of which are quite disturbing,
but enough to where a few of them have become part of our family's real-life
What do I mean? For her birthday, my daughter told us she wanted to "go to
Hoboken, NJ - to meet Buddy the 'Cake Boss'" (see picture at right). So being
as my wife and I want to help our kids experience the world, we're making a
trip later this year to NYC, with a side trip ove... (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)
At VMworld this year, both in San Francisco and Barcelona, VMware CEO Pat
Gelsinger introduced the concept of the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC).
This builds on the concept that as more and more of the Data Center becomes
virtualized (servers, desktops), delivering greater cost-savings and agility
to customers, software-defined automation and functionality (network,
security, storage, backup) become the next logical steps to help IT deliver
greater value to the business.
As with any new technology or vision, there are often many questions about
how this will impact the marke... (more)