Is it just me or has the CEO title recently fallen pray to title inflation?
More and more companies seem to find economies of scale in appointing CEO’s
by the dozen, one per division, one per continent or even one per country. It
used to be pretty clear that if you had a meeting with the CEO, you spoke to
the guy in charge (back then in most cases it actually was a guy, although
recently – especially in tech – we saw more and more gals in the top CEO
position). The CEO was the one person where all the different reporting lines
of modern matrix management came together and who could actually make
decisions on their own (not saying the good ones did, but they could). Famous
it the card saying “Ï’m CEO, B….” featured in the movie The Network.
Also meetings with “the CEO” were different. First of all they generally
tend to happen on the top floor (of the office, the hot... (more)
Conventional wisdom is that the fastest connection between two points- for
example between today and tomorrow - is a straight line. But just like in
aviation this is not necessarily true in cloud computing. First because cloud
computing is not one thing (not one dot on the map) it is a conglomerate of
many different types of services (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, BPaaS) each with its own
characteristics and following its own timeline.
This makes it very difficult (if even useful) to get organizations to agree
on a cloud strategy. A colleague of mine once compared it to leading five
The Washington Post recently ran an article by Andrea Peterson on RIM (now
BlackBerry), with a chart they called "The decline of blackberry in one
chart". But more than the story of BlackBerry this chart rang home for me the
enormous dynamics of a relative new industry.
As their chart showed the four mobile vendors that together had about hundred
percent market share in 2005 barely managed to hold on to 20% by 2013. In
only 8 years they went from hero to zero, and were replaced by platforms that
were introduced in 2007 (Apple) and 2009 (Android). I don't cover mobile
platforms s... (more)
Cloud is at the center of a convergence trend that is impacting people across
all of ICT. This convergence is breaking down the walls that separated the
traditional silos of IT, networking, storage and security. But with this
breaking down of the walls we also need to better understand the subtleties
of each other's domains in more details.
A famous urban legend is that Eskimos have many words for snow, as it makes
sense to - if you spend your whole day in snow - to distinguish the subtle
and not so subtle differences.
Similar in IT, where others simply refer to IT as IT, the peo... (more)
Although self-service - together with elasticity, pooling/sharing, etc. - is
a defining attribute of cloud computing, many of the companies expressing an
interest in cloud computing do not seem to be aware of that.
In fact, when asked: who do you expect to provision your services to the
cloud?; who will monitor your services' performance and availability? and;
who do you expect to take action if something goes wrong?, a majority of the
companies asked look to be somewhat surprised by the question, as they simply
assumed that their service provider would do so.
This is a bit like... (more)