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Gregor Petri

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Tune into: Decentralization More than with previous technological (r)evolutions a side effect of cloud computing seems to be an increase in the degree of centralization and concentration, not just within company organizations, but particularly in the wider commercial market. This is the most obvious with Software as a Service, where providers such as Airbnb, Uber, but also earlier cloud services such as LinkedIn and Google Search quickly established a ‘winner takes all’ distribution of market share and thus market power. And also in Infrastructure as a Service, we see an quickly diminishing  number of suppliers still having the illusion that they can keep up with the gorilla in this market. My first scientific encounter with centralization and decentralization was during the early eighties of the last century – when Prof. Gert Nielen – one of the founders of the t... (more)

Serverless | @CloudExpo #Serverless #IoT #ML #Lambda #OpenWhisk

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)

Tune into the Cloud: Closer | @CloudExpo #IoT #M2M #DigitalTransformation

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. Jus... (more)

Five Simple Rules for Creating a Cloud Strategy

Over the last 18 months, the media, technologists, analysts, CIOs and CEOs have all been talking about the cloud. Now, most organizations are embarking on some form of cloud computing, but as always, technology is the relatively easy part. For those of you wanting to keep your feet firmly on the ground, and looking to set your direction and strategy, here are some simple guidelines to help you along the way. 1. Start your cloud strategy (and any cloud project) with an exit strategy Now this may seem like contradictory advice, but there is a greater risk of vendor lock-in with clou... (more)

The Art of Listening

One of the first tips I got when entering the workforce was "You have two ears and only one mouth for a reason!", meaning that in conversations with customers you should spend twice as much time listening as you do talking. Point was to avoid becoming like a radio with only one button: "Send". Over the years I learned that the above also applies to "new media" such as email, blogging, tweeting and podcasting. You need to use the receive button at least twice as much as the send button. Although less obvious, I am trying to maintain this ratio also as an analyst. Maybe not in every... (more)