Innovation, Technology, and Life in the Cloud

George Watt

How to catch the app development skills boomerang

Why you may already have the app development skills you desperately need “Application developers? Why would we need to have any of those in-house?” No developers, please If you have … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

Increased Productivity Can be a Symptom of a Dysfunctional Culture

Though the many dire consequences are well known (low morale, lowered productivity, lack of creativity, decreased innovation, lack of motivation…) we still frequently encounter corporate and institutional “cultures of fear”. … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

4 Reasons Cloud Adoption Rises While Security Concerns Increase

I have read several articles recently that suggest CIOs are moving to the cloud while ignoring security concerns. Some note that cost savings or profits trump fear; or that people … Continue reading

February 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Beware! Aggregated Data Can Harm Your Business

This is truly an exciting time for people in the information technology industry. We have more capability than we’ve ever had, and we are more connected than we’ve ever been. … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

7 Reasons to Consider Hosting Your Cloud In Canada

Thanks to Edward Snowden the cloud computing conversation has finally started in earnest in Canada, according to thestar.com. Even before Snowden seemingly shook up the cloud computing world there was … Continue reading

January 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

In 2014 Cloud Computing is So Last Year

Let’s face it. Cloud computing just isn’t that exciting anymore – mainly because it’s no longer something people feel compelled to debate or question. Not only do we continue to … Continue reading

January 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cloud Computing’s Shockwave and How It Can Benefit Your Business

The value of cloud computing is becoming widely understood, with many reporting that it has delivered beyond their expectations. But there is an opportunity for even greater return from cloud … Continue reading

December 3, 2013 · 2 Comments

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

Cloud Computing: Embrace Diversity and Avoid The Money Pit

If we have learned nothing from the recent Snowden revelations and stories of cloud outages the one irrefutable lesson we have learned is that you should always choose the most secure, most resilient cloud service, right? … Continue reading

November 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

Prepare for More Cloud Outages

A recent outage at Amazon, which was caused by a network device failure, has reignited discussion and debate about the reliability of cloud computing services. While I believe that cloud services can … Continue reading

September 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Privacy is Dead. Long Live Privacy!

Recently Ben Way (@bway) tweeted the following question to me: That is an outstanding question, and since this topic is so broad, the greatest challenge is where to begin. Though … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · 1 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

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

Preparing for the Cloud Computing SLA Cold War

In a recent article, “Cloud Providers Ready to Strike With Nuclear Option“, Simon Phipps stated that issues related to cloud service level agreements (SLAs) are “under acknowledged and overdue for … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · 1 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

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

Innovation and the Art of Inefficiency

“Walk more often; take more showers.” This spring I joined some colleagues in the Global Corporate Challenge. Participants in this 16-week health improvement challenge accept a goal of taking 10,000 steps every day. Think … Continue reading

August 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

The Great Cloud Debate Rages On

Cloud computing has been steadily, some might say “rapidly”, gaining traction as a strategic business weapon. Every day brings new articles about businesses that have discovered how to leverage cloud … Continue reading

June 19, 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: Have You Hugged a Rogue Today?

Embrace, Align, Assist, and Leverage Rogues… or Lose Them Forever Recently I participated as a panelist in a “#CloudViews” Twitter chat regarding Rogue IT. (A full transcript is available via … Continue reading

May 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

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: Cloudy Views Bring Sunny Outlook for Cloud Consumers

“#CloudViews” Cloud Outage Chat Participants Put Their Customers First Last Thursday I participated as a panelist in Cloud Commons‘ “#CloudViews” Twitter chat (partial session archive here or page through the full archive here).  The following … Continue reading

September 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

Pragmatic Cloud: Clouds Are Not Secure, Clouds Are Not Reliable

Dispelling two very common myths about clouds Late last week, I read a Bloomberg Businessweek article titled “Cloud Security Is Looking Overcast” discussing several of the reasons many businesses either … Continue reading

September 12, 2011 · 7 Comments

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: Time to Rock the Boat

You can have everything you need to protect your business, and still fail. A River Runs Through It Last weekend while my son and I were enjoying Father’s Day in … Continue reading

June 23, 2011 · Leave a comment

Pragmatic Cloud: “Keep Your Eyes on the Road, Your Hands Upon the Wheel”

When we engage cloud providers do we disengage our brains? Though coverage and public discussion of the implications of a recent cluster of cloud services outages appears to be waning … Continue reading

June 9, 2011 · 1 Comment

To Serve and Prevent: “Only those that can see the invisible can do the impossible”

Our greatest impediment to innovation often comes from within. A recent day of discussions with one of the U.S.A.’s largest corporations brought to mind some of the innovation related challenges … Continue reading

June 1, 2011 · 1 Comment

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: If a Cloud Falls in the Forest…Nobody Should Hear It

Resiliency is not a byproduct of cloud computing About a week ago while thinking of cloud services I realized that I had been having a recurring thought for several weeks:  … Continue reading

April 28, 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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