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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 #Lambda #OpenWhisk #Microservices

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: Total Madness | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Security #Microservices

Tune into: Total Security It took some time but the need for Total Security Management is slowly starting to sink in. With regard to quality it took the western manufacturing industry several decades before it realized that a separate quality department – standing at the end of the production line to check which products did not meet the mandated specs – was a costly and disastrous path to take. And slowly but surely we are seeing similar thinking with regard to cyber and cloud security emerge. Not that we are taking cloud executives on today’s equivalent of a Japanese factory ... (more)

On Dog Years, Cloud Years, and A-years

Innovations are commonly judged by how fast they reached 50 million users (Radio, 38 years; TV, 13 years; Internet, 4 years; iPod, 3 years, etc.). Another way to look at this is by time equivalents: If one Dog Year equals 7 human years than how many years of traditional IT do we travel in one Cloud Year? This cloud year we saw quite a lot of change - also from existing mega vendors entering the cloud market - but did it match 7 years of progress in traditional IT (taking us roughly from SOA till today)? And do we really expect the next three years to bring as much change as we sa... (more)

Nick Carr's 2003 Rules for IT Management: An Open Nerve?

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)