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CIOs are expected to be heroes. They are responsible for innovating and transforming IT using new technologies that will drive business initiatives forward, but that is far from an easy task given the ongoing evolution of the IT world. This article will discuss the case for hybrid cloud in the enterprise, and suggest how CIOs can strategically develop a blueprint for hybrid cloud deployment. A few years ago, CIOs were hesitant to move any data outside of their own data center due to lack of security and limited guarantees of availability. But as technology matured, education of CIOs improved drastically. Now, they are becoming increasingly aware of how next-gen solutions fit into their overarching goals, which allows them to leverage public and private/hybrid clouds in the most effective manner. In turn, CIOs are warming up to the idea of a hybrid cloud model, as t... (more)

The Curious Case of Cloud Management

As springtime rolls around, all sorts of interesting things start popping up that either delight us (green grass), frustrate us (weeds), congest us (pollen) or confuse us (daylight savings time). And a similar phenomenon appears to also be happening with "Cloud Management" start-ups. In the early days, Cloud Computing either meant using SaaS applications or developer groups ("Shadow IT") that used one of the public IaaS services, such as AWS. SaaS had built-in management and those developer groups either used the basic AWS tools or built some things themselves. Most of these were ... (more)

Shouldn't DevOps Really Be DesignOps?

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 1. 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)

What Might Google 3.0 Look Like?

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)

Cloud Computing for Business Managers

As a follow-up to the previous series of Cloud Computing whiteboard videos, primarily focused on the technology aspects, we decided to create some videos that speak to business managers. The topics include: The Evolution of Consumer Behavior (tablets, smartphones, social media, apps) IT is the New Marketing Engine Shadow IT - Building an IT overlay team Open Up Your Business Knowledge to the World (APIs, Open Data) Uncovering New Markets from Digital Noise (Big Data) Expensing Your IT Budget on a Credit Card? (OPEX vs. CAPEX) Build a Fence, Build a Team, Build a Community (Evolv... (more)