Innovation, Technology, and Life in the Cloud

George Watt

What Motivates Successful Intrapreneurs

by George Watt At a summit in Boulder, Colorado, I spoke with a group of founders about what motivated them to become an intrapreneur (an entrepreneur who creates a new … Continue reading

January 18, 2019 · 1 Comment

Five Innovation Killers and How to Stop Them

Want innovation to flourish at your company? Avoid these common problems. By George Watt Innovation is hard. Many of the hardest parts of the journey come long after an innovative … Continue reading

August 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Innovation programs: the worst thing to happen to innovation

Why many innovation programs kill innovation, and what you can do to change that. In “The Innovative CIO” I wrote about several innovation killers ranging from interpersonal styles to unnecessarily … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

Five Ways the Application Economy is Changing Fashion

Fashion industry evolution demonstrates the app economy is more than hype. We’ve heard it all before. Every new trend, every new movement is revolutionizing business. The latest hype machine is … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Are IT security and the business really disconnected?

A recent survey suggests IT security and the business are closer than you might have thought. “If they think so alike, why do IT teams and the business teams they … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

How is the application economy impacting your job?

It’s not just senior IT and business leaders feeling the impact of the application economy. It’s causing a culture change across entire enterprise organizations. Rarely now do I open my … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Surviving the “application economy paradox”

How an encounter with my grandfather and an oil change changed my innovation perspective forever. What is the “application economy paradox”? It begins with the desired result: modern apps deliver … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

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

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 · 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

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

The Mobility Bar Has Once Again Been Raised

Microsoft’s recent purchase of Nokia’s handset division has left many people focused on what that might mean in terms of a new CEO for the software giant. While some are writing off … Continue reading

September 11, 2013 · Leave a 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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