With the blurring of technology lines, the rise of competitive companies, and
a shift in buying models all before us, it would appear we are at the cusp of
ushering in the next era in IT — the Third Platform Era. But as with the
other transitions, it is not the technology or the vendors that trigger a
change in buying patterns. There must be fundamental shifts in buying
behavior driven by business objectives.
The IT industry at large is in the midst of a massive rewrite of key business
applications in response to two technology trends: the proliferation of data
(read: Big Data) and the need for additional performance and scale. In many
regards, the first begets the second. As data becomes more available—via
traditional datacenters, and both public and private cloud environments —
applications look to use that data, which means the applications themselves
have to go... (more)
Amazon is indisputably the biggest name in cloud service providers. They have
built up a strong market presence primarily on the argument that access to
cheap compute and storage resources is attractive to companies looking to
shed IT costs as they move from on-premises solutions to the cloud. But after
the initial push for cheap resources, how will this market develop?
Is cheap really cheap?
Amazon has cut prices to their cloud offering more than 40 times since
introducing the service in 2006. The way this gets translated in press
circles is that cloud services pricing is approa... (more)
Software-defined networking is fundamentally about two things: the
centralization of network intelligence to make smarter decisions, and the
creation of a single (or smaller number of) administrative touch points to
allow for streamlined operations and to promote workflow automation. The
former can potentially lead to new capabilities that make networks better (or
create new revenue streams), and the latter is about reducing the overall
operating costs of managing a network.
Generating revenue makes perfect sense for the service providers who use
their network primarily as a mea... (more)
The benefits of automation are well understood: more agile service
provisioning, faster time to insight when there are issues, and a reduction
in human error as manual interaction is reduced. Much of the premise behind
long-term SDN architectural advantages is steeped in the hope that SDN will
help enable and ultimately promote automation. But while centralizing control
has significant operational advantages, by itself, it doesn’t actually
address the most important requirement for automation.
If automation is going to be more than just reducing keystrokes, there will
have to be... (more)
A common meme in the strategic planning world is that there is no one
pre-determined future. The objective in strategic planning is not to forecast
a single outcome but rather to identify a number of possible outcomes.
Preparedness comes in having thought through multiple possible end states,
and agility comes from the ability to quickly identify which of those end
states is coming to fruition and then acting accordingly. The job of the
manager is to be both prepared and agile.
That said, strategy is more typically treated as a dark art that is practiced
by a group of business d... (more)