Innovation, Technology, and Life in the Cloud

George Watt

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

Is Email Killing Innovation?

Or is it a harbinger of something worse? For quite some time now I have been asking whether email is still the productivity tool it once promised to be (and … Continue reading

January 5, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Coming Opportunity of BYOD

A few weeks ago, RWW Channels Editor David Strom posted Why BYOD Isn’t a Trend. He skewers the notion that BYOD is new, notes that IT leaders have dealt with user-purchased tech for … Continue reading

January 5, 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 Improves 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

The End of the Vicarious Experience?

Does “hyper-personalization” sometimes (often?) deliver poorer service? Recently I was reviewing updates to a social media application and a childhood lesson in customer service came back from my subconscious. This … Continue reading

October 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

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

Cloud Computing: “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

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

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

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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This site contains articles regarding the practical aspects of deploying, providing, managing, and using cloud computing, and other 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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