English version of cloudworks.nu column
Once in a while there is a powerhouse that gives an entire industry a huge
blow. An example of such a move is how Beyoncé released her latest album in
what observers called a fan-oriented instead of an industry-oriented way. In
the cloud such a role has been attributed to Amazon Web Services , who
against logic and existing wisdom began selling IT compute infrastructure by
the hour (as a service).
Amazon Web Services likes to talk about its customer-first strategy.
According to Amazon they prefer focusing on providing what makes most sense
for their customers, instead of on trying to achieve the most strategic
position for their own company. All under the expectation that this will in
the end also work out best for the company.
This may seem an obvious strategy , but unfortunately we often see the
opposite. Just a few years... (more)
Earlier this month the Times ran its regular "Cloud for Business" insert, in
which I was asked to write a column on "Cloud for Digital Business" (see full
text here). For reference I included below the piece on "The future of Cloud
Computing" that it ran in an earlier edition. An item called:
Cloud Spotting is the Shape of Things to Come.
When asked to write a column with an ambitious title like “The future of
the cloud”, it is a good idea to look first at where cloud is at the moment
and to realise that it is still very early days. Today, of the $2.7 trillion
that global business ... (more)
Not too long ago, it took even the most successful entrepreneurs several
centuries or at least decades to reach a valuation of a billion and thus
become a member of the exclusive Billionaire Boys Club*. Families like the
Rothschilds, the Waltons or the Brenninkmeijers have indeed built up
impressive capital wealth, but because it took them several generations, it
often became quite diluted among brothers, sons, daughters, nieces, and even
With the advent of first: IT, then the Internet and now the cloud, that time
frame has rapidly shrunk. Today companies w... (more)
Tony Cox of Computer Weekly described the Top 5 causes of IT project failures
by analyzing the records of project insurer Hiscox.
Comment: Funny how all five normally occur before most people think the
project has even started.
BTW I hope that somewhere during my career there will be a time when there
won’t be a monthly blog or article about constant project failures. I have
some hope, new research we are publishing soon (at
twitter.com/@leanitmanager) does seem to indicate in that direction.
We have been running the Cloud Academy roundtables in several European
countries. I’d like to share some of the more interesting questions,
debates and insights around a number of topics, starting today with
RAIC—Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Cloud Services. Other topics will
A TV industry analogy: Competition for the IT department Cloud Shortcuts: Can
the Cloud make( internal) IT more agile Service Level Management and the
Cloud Cloud R&R - Retained responsibilities for IT Elastic Services:
Everybody wants to be a manager
Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Cloud service... (more)