Innovation, Technology, and Life in the Cloud

George Watt

We all need a life jacket when wading into the application economy

What a canoe trip taught me about the application economy and how preparation is key for those charting new waters You may not think that canoeing and the application economy … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Untold stories of the application economy

How a retail technology company was born from a unique consumer brand that provides personalized fashion for brides When people discuss the application economy, their focus is often or nearly … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Security Becomes an Innovation Driver in the Application Economy

“Hi. I’m Al. I work in IT Security. My job is to suck the fun out of life.” That was how the instructor of one of the first security training … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cloud Computing: Salesforce.com Attends Camp Hybrid

This week during its never-disappointing Dreamforce event, Salesforce.com announced a partnership with HP to deliver a new service named Salesforce Superpod. According to the announcement, Salesforce Superpod is a “dedicated instance” … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Stop Innovation Loss! Prepare Innovation’s First Responders!

In today’s economy, and with today’s new business models, innovation is more than ever the lifeblood of business. Yet every day businesses let that lifeblood flow away. Every day countless … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

The You, Me and We of Innovation’s Managers

Have you ever seen someone assigned to a project they were passionate about, but they found themselves unable to bring that passion to the work? Have you ever seen someone … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · 3 Comments

Mobility Trends Demand CIOs Become Chief Experience Officers

Recently, while thinking about several of the technology trends impacting mobility and mobile computing, my thoughts again turned to the one trend that I believe is driving all of the … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · 6 Comments

The 4 MYs of Cloud Computing and IT Transformation

It is often stated that technology is easy and people are hard. Whether or not you agree with that, the sentiment must be heeded. Otherwise, even the best technical solutions … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cloud Computing Myth 7: Cloud Only Makes Sense for Large Deployments

In recent weeks there appear to have been an increasing number of articles written about cloud computing myths. I am not complaining about that. In fact, I have written a few … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Here’s to 2013, The Year of the Customer

Recently CA Technologies released our top IT predictions for 2013. There are, of course, many other interesting predictions from our customers, colleagues, and competitors alike. As I was about to close … Continue reading

January 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

Cloud Predictions for 2013: Cloud Computing’s Sophomore Year

While I am sure there will be many exciting cloud computing developments in the coming year, perhaps the most exciting one will be that cloud computing will no longer be … Continue reading

January 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Measure the Cloud for Business Value

Despite decades of talk about how IT needs to align to the business, in many organizations, IT and the business are not speaking the same language — if they’re speaking … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Innovative CIO: How IT Leaders Can Drive Business Transformation

I am excited to announce the publication of a book I co-authored with Andi Mann and Peter Matthews. You can obtain this book from popular book sellers. I have included … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

A Simple and Effective Acid Test for Innovation

Many believe innovation rarely happens by accident. That the eureka moment enshrined in popular culture is mostly myth. Certainly there are times when momentous insights and ideas pop into our heads as bolts out … Continue reading

December 4, 2012 · 2 Comments

There’s No Free Lunch at the Cloud Buffet!

Consumption styles can dramatically impact cloud benefits What do cloud service consumption patterns have in common with the way people approach all-you-can-eat restaurant buffets? During a recent discussion of some … Continue reading

August 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Is Consumerization Blowing You Off Course?

What do a late morning canoe trip and the current state of consumerization and BYOD have in common? More than you might imagine. This summer as my ten year old … Continue reading

August 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

How To Get Customers Thinking About Hybrid Cloud Services

Originally posted at CRN.com April 27, 2012. Join the conversation there. Hybrid cloud services provide an excellent point of entry for service provider customers For many companies planning to adopt or expand cloud services, … Continue reading

June 19, 2012 · 2 Comments

Pragmatic Cloud: Why Some Clouds Fail to Deliver

Recently in ZDNet, Keith Allen of CA Technologies gave his perspective of how cloud computing can have a positive impact on customer satisfaction, and perhaps even reduce the likelihood of rogue IT. … Continue reading

April 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Pragmatic Cloud: “Working Together Is Success”

What capacity planning taught us about the value of alignment with Business There has been quite a lot written about the benefits of IT-Business alignment, and even more written about … Continue reading

March 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Pragmatic Cloud: “…and business always wants it in a week”

I agree, Chris O’Malley, business should align with IT Recently I read a post by Chris O’Malley, Nimsoft CEO wherein he makes the point that, while IT must align with their business consumers, … Continue reading

March 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

IT: Where Great Ideas Go to Die

“BYOD isn’t coming, it’s here“- @SimonBramfitt via @thelaurenfiles Recently I participated in a great Twitter conversation regarding how IT departments have gained a reputation as a place where good ideas go to die. Initially … Continue reading

February 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

Pragmatic Cloud: A look at yesterday paints a picture of tomorrow (Part 2)

What I learned at Cloud Exchange 2011 In Part 1 of this series I discussed the first three of the top five topics of discussion during this year’s Cloud Exchange events (security, … Continue reading

December 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

IT Self-Service Imroves Customer Experience and IT Efficiency

Can we be of better service by providing less service? “There is unrest in the forest” During a recent Cloud Exchange event the discussion turned to business consumers bypassing their IT colleagues and … Continue reading

October 26, 2011 · 6 Comments

Pragmatic Cloud: You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Give your customers what they need.  It’s not always what they ask for. Soft skills a key ingredient to cloud computing success Last week I had the pleasure of joining … Continue reading

September 26, 2011 · 1 Comment

Pragmatic Cloud: The LAN That Time Forgot

Four caveats for those evaluating the costs and benefits of cloud solutions Recent announcements ranging from mergers and acquisitions, to movement of key personnel, to changes in licensing models have … Continue reading

July 19, 2011 · 4 Comments

Pragmatic Cloud: When Life Gives You Lemons… “Go Mobile, Go Social”

What IT can learn from a lemonade stand Recently I had a very interesting conversation with an aspiring entrepreneur.  She told me about the demands a changing environment had been … Continue reading

July 12, 2011 · 3 Comments

Pragmatic Cloud: Private Clouds Deliver No Value (Part II)

People who live in glass houses should throw dashboards In Part I of this series I discussed some of the challenges and value (or lack thereof) perceptions facing private cloud … Continue reading

May 23, 2011 · 1 Comment

Pragmatic Cloud: Private Clouds Deliver No Value (Part I)

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing” – Oscar Wilde As a private cloud provider I dealt with widespread perceptions that private clouds (and internal … Continue reading

May 10, 2011 · 2 Comments

When Techs Talk to Execs

Innovation is 1% inspiration, 99% communication I have witnessed too many cases where great ideas, poorly communicated to senior executives, come to an abrupt end sometimes taking a career or … Continue reading

May 5, 2011 · 3 Comments

Pragmatic Cloud: A Tale of Two Write-Downs

It was the best of times, it was a cell with a view Recently there has been a lot of discussion and debate regarding the capitalizing and amortizing of cloud-related … Continue reading

April 12, 2011 · Leave a comment

Pragmatic Cloud: Keep your friends close, and the Finance Team closer

I agree, Dick Benton, a partnership with Finance is critical to private cloud success Dick Benton recently published a two-part article on “Calculating Cloud ROI” in which he states that … Continue reading

April 12, 2011 · 10 Comments

Pragmatic Cloud: ‘Please check your egos at the door’

A pragmatic approach to cloud computing might eliminate the “Office of the C-I-No” I recently started reading David S. Linthicum’s book “Cloud Computing and SOA Convergence in Your Enterprise,” and … Continue reading

April 12, 2011 · 8 Comments

Is Business Ready for the Cloud? You Bet!

Three reasons cloud computing is more than hype, and how it is improving the delivery of business services Even with recent announcements and case studies documenting the value and potential … Continue reading

April 12, 2011 · 1 Comment

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This site contains articles regarding the practical aspects of deploying, providing, managing, and using cloud computing technologies; though much of the information is applicable to most information technologies. I also share my thoughts and experiences related to innovation, consumer driven IT, social media, management issues, and about what some refer to as “soft skills”.

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