Tune into: Ecosystem Platforms
During 2016 cloud computing celebrated its tenth anniversary. Therefore, at
the beginning of 2017, we’ll briefly look at what the next decade may
bring. Also this brings to a close the version of Tune into the Cloud that
was published monthly in the Dutch print publication Cloudworks, the magazine
where we started this series.
On your tenth birthday, as fresh teenager, you’re normally not yet an
adolescent – a.k.a, a beginning adult – and you may not be seated at the
adult table yet. But there are exceptions. Sometimes things just move faster.
Just look at a Max Verstappen, our Dutch Formula 1 phenomenon who – by
literally going faster – now starts standard from the front of the grid.
And also the cloud has maneuvered itself in pole position for the 2017 race,
with more and more “fans” who go for a ‘cloud first’, an ‘all-in
cloud or ... (more)
Tune into: Hype Hopping
About a year ago we tuned into “the need for speed” and how a concept
like "serverless computing” was increasingly catering to this. We are now a
year further and the term “serverless” is taking on unexpected
proportions. With some even seeing it as the successor to cloud in general or
at least as a successor to the clouds’ poorer cousin in terms of revenue,
hype and adoption: PaaS.
The question we need to ask is whether this constitutes an example of Hype
Hopping: to effortlessly pivot to the next new thing once the previous one
turns out to be just a b... (more)
If an article, 10 years after its initial publication date, is featured in
several look backs, reviews, Q&As and still gathers reactions and emotional
analysis, it can be concluded it must have struck a chord - or in this case -
more an open nerve.
In May 2003*, the Harvard Business Review published "IT Doesn't Matter" , an
article by then still largely unknown editor "at large" Nicholas Carr.
The premise of the article was that infrastructure has a diminishing impact
on competitiveness and that IT was infrastructure (although Carr in the
recent Q&A seems to indicate he meant IT In... (more)
If the cloud is to fulfill on its promise we need to start thinking of it as
a cloud, not as an aggregation of its components (such as VMs etc.)
As mentioned in a previous post I‘ll use some of my upcoming posts to
highlight some cloud computing "megatrends" that I believe are happening - or
need to happen – beyond 2011. One of these would be the creation of an
“abstraction model” that can be used to think about (and eventually
manage) the cloud. A nice setup to this was done by Jen-Pierre Garbani of
Forrester, who in a recent post at Computerworld ... (more)
In my last blog, a cloud of two speeds, I mentioned Vivek Kundra's very
readable cloud strategy and the industry stimulus effect this approach can
have on the emerging cloud industry. By presenting his strategy not simply as
a way to cut costs and reduce budgets, but as a way to get more value from
existing IT investments, he enlisted IT as an ally to his plans, instead of a
potential opponent. Section two of the strategy - summarised below - is a
pragmatic 3 step approach and check-list for migrating services to the cloud,
which can also be valuable for organizations outside the... (more)