Hard Choices Are Required When Adopting a Cloud Operating Model
When was the last time you’ve ever heard anyone say “IT Applications &
Operations”? Frankly, in my 30+ year career in IT, I don’t believe I’ve
ever heard anyone use this term. The typical term we hear is IT
Infrastructure & Operations. These two go together like Peanut Butter and
Jelly, which tells us a lot about how we view the field of IT.
For those that may not be familiar with the role of IT Operations, Joe
Hertvik does a great job here of describing IT Operations Management as
someone engaged in the role of providing this service to the business. As you
can see it’s very interesting how he specifically addresses the gap between
responsibilities regarding IT Applications and IT Operations as a Venn
diagram in which there is no overlap.
However, as we progress from a pre-Cloud Operating Model world t... (more)
What Will You Do with What You Learn from IoT?
When the Internet of Things (IoT) started to emerge as a popular topic, I had
to stop and ask myself if I was once again going to provide commentary on
this emerging field. I enjoy exploring new technology shifts and illustrating
how they can benefit various industries and businesses. It’s what I’ve
done for the past 20 years through Java, XML, Web Services, SOA, Cloud and
DevOps. However, every time I started writing on IoT I seemed to run into the
same conundrum; am I commenting on this to jump on the hype bandwagon or
because I s... (more)
COMED, my power company, sends out a monthly report that shows me my energy
consumption relative to my neighbors. Every month I’m considerably higher
than all my neighbors. This report also has a list of things I could do to
reduce my energy consumption. The problem with this report is that it
doesn’t take into account my house size relative to the other houses in my
neighborhood. My house is the largest model and accounts for about one-third
the local sample size. If I were to attempt to reduce my energy consumption
so that I would be in line with the monthly average of my neigh... (more)
Much of IT terminology is often misused and misapplied. Modernization and
transformation are two such terms. They are often used interchangeably even
though they mean different things and have very different connotations.
Indeed, it is somewhat safe to assume that in IT any transformative effort is
likely to also have a modernizing effect, and thus, we can see these as
levels of improvement efforts. However, many businesses are being led to
believe if they don't transform now they risk becoming irrelevant when they
would be equally well-off to simply modernize existing IT service... (more)
A Reality Check on 'Everyone's Moving Everything to the Cloud'
A recent CIO editorial by Bernard Golden regarding the future of private
cloud spurred some interesting commentary in my network. The pushback seemed
to focus around the viability of the term “private cloud”. These
individuals are well-respected thought-leaders in cloud with significant
experience guiding senior IT executives transition to modern architectures,
so I decided I’d engage them in a discussion regarding the future of
self-managed infrastructure as a whole.
There’s a class of individuals, myself included, w... (more)