Innovation, Technology, and Life in the Cloud

George Watt

Digital Privacy: Why We Need Clear Notice & Consent Protocols and Trust Frameworks

Read the fine print When was the last time you read the full terms of service or privacy policy for an app? Have you ever read them? When you received … Continue reading

April 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Importance of Digital Hygiene

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is broadening globally, both the private sector and the public sector have taken action to address its public health impact and to dampen … Continue reading

March 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

You’re Not Failing if You’re Learning

How “learn-fast” thinking can improve innovation and combat fear of failure “We’re a large organization. We can’t fail fast and break things!” It’s the type of statement I frequently encounter, … Continue reading

January 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Why Innovation Competitions Backfire

Understanding the evolution of breakthrough ideas can be the key to a successful innovation program. Why do innovation competitions — aimed at delivering breakthrough ideas and improving morale and engagement … Continue reading

November 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

Four Signs Too Many Resources are Killing Your Innovation

How to spot the signs and what to do about it. Often when a new idea promises to be the next big thing, organizations will throw as many resources as … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

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 · 1 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

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: 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

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

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

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

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

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