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IT Organizational Implications of Cloud Computing

First off, let me make myself clear.  I firmly believe that Cloud Computing, in its various forms, is real, absolutely inevitable and will completely revolutionize the form and role of the IT Organization.  Some readers will look at that sentence and laugh - it's like saying "day will pass into night."  Obvious, beyond dispute, devoid [...]

Cloud Computing – A Key Aspect of Next Generation IT

I loved this quote by George Gilder in Forbes.com's Coming Creativity Boom, Referring to Cloud Computing, Gilder states, "The rule for the new architecture is that hardware softens on the edge and software hardens at the core." For those who have tracked my uses of the terms "core" and "edge" in this blog over the [...]

Business Relationship Management and Cloud Services – Friends or Foes?

Cloud computing is a reality in most corporate computing environments today and, like it or not, is an increasingly important part of the enterprise computing landscape. There are several important aspects of cloud computing, particularly in its Software as a Service (SaaS) variation. These include: Little to no capital outlay. Low barrier to entry for [...]

Does Cloud+Consumerization Doom the Federated IT Operating Model?

The Federated IT Operating Model is Under Threat! Today, most organizations employ some sort of Federated IT Operating Model.  Wikipedia defines a federation as: ...characterized by a union of partially self-governing states or regions united by a central (federal) government. In a federation, the self-governing status of the component states, as well as the division [...]

Leveraging the Cloud to Accelerate IT Renewal – Part 3

This is the third and final part in a three-part post on how Cloud Computing can provide a fast path to “IT Renewal.” What is IT Renewal? In the first post in this series, I discussed how information and technology are becoming ever more central to what an organization does and how it does it [...]

Leveraging the Cloud to Accelerate IT Renewal – Part 2

This is the second in a three-part post on how Cloud Computing can provide a fast path to “IT Renewal.”  (Note:  This post was originally written for the Cloud Commons). Why IT Renewal? In the first post in this series, I discussed how information and technology are becoming ever more central to what an organization [...]

Leveraging the Cloud to Accelerate IT Renewal

(Note:  This post was originally written for the Cloud Commons). This is the first in a multi-part post on what I’m referring to as “IT Renewal.”  Some people call this “IT Transformation” or “IT Transition”. Others don’t name it – they just do it as a natural part of how they run and continuously improve [...]

I Must Have my Head in the Clouds!

I've been posting on and off about Cloud Computing since I began this blog a couple of years ago.  But, as one who spends most of his time with IT leaders of large global enterprises, sometimes the promise of the Cloud seems more like a mirage! I've Looked At Clouds From Both Sides Now Back [...]

The Dangers of Cloudy Thinking!

I'm fascinated and bemused by this Cloud Computing phenomenon.  Never before have I had such a strong feeling that something really, really important is happening - a fundamental discontinuity, if you will, in the way we leverage IT - and yet most of my clients and those I am interacting with in a couple of [...]