Innovation, Technology, and Life in the Cloud

George Watt

The innovation pot of gold you may not know you already have

There’s nothing like success to suck the innovation out of a great team. I have seen it many times. A team has a great, innovative idea. They have that magical … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Supplier partnerships are a strategic weapon in the application economy

What being a cloud provider taught me about licensing and supplier relationships. “Please don’t make me count.” Just as we were celebrating that we had solved a tremendous business agility problem with … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · 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

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 · 1 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

No Unicorns or Rainbows for Cloud Computing in 2014

As someone who suffers from an inability to predict the past I reluctantly agreed to stare into my crystal cloud again this year. As I prepared my 2014 cloud computing … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · 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

Cloud Computing: Regulatory Complexity Requires Systems Thinking

In a recent article Peter Wayner cautions that “No one knows which laws apply” in reference to the fact that a customer may be in one jurisdiction and the cloud instance they … Continue reading

May 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Harnessing Cloud Power: Quantum Cloud Computing Project Delivers Promising Results

This April Fools’ Day article was posted on April 1, 2013. Last week researchers at the Center for Theoretical Physics Quantum Computing Laboratory provided a small group with an early look at … Continue reading

April 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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

Cloud Computing: 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

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

Cloud Computing: “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

Cloud Computing: “…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

Peeling the Cloud’s Green Onion

Does cloud computing really make things greener? The Green Onion’s Three Layers Recently my colleague Dhesi Ananchaperumal and I were invited to speak at several conferences on the topics of … Continue reading

February 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Cloud Computing: 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

Cloud Computing: A look at yesterday paints a picture of tomorrow (Part 1)

What I learned at Cloud Exchange 2011 Having completed my last road trip of the year, I dusted off the notes I took during this year’s Cloud Exchange events (and … Continue reading

December 22, 2011 · 1 Comment

Emptor Scire (Buyer Aware)

What is different about today’s consumer-driven IT? As I prepared for an upcoming CA World panel discussion on consumer-driven IT, my thoughts took a 90 degree turn. While I had primarily … Continue reading

November 14, 2011 · 1 Comment

Is All This Hype Giving Cloud the Business?

Is cloud computing disruptive innovation or great marketing? For what feels like forever there have been debates regarding whether cloud computing is a game-changing approach or simply an unbelievably well … Continue reading

November 7, 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 · 7 Comments

Cloud Computing: 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

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

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 · 8 Comments

Cloud Computing: 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

Cloud Computing: 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

Cloud Computing: 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

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

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

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

Cloud Computing: 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

Cloud Computing: 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

Cloud Computing: ‘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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