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September 30, 2013  3:00 AM

Is IT Still Relevant?



Posted by: Beth Cohen
application development, big data, business applications, business continuity, business innovation, business IT, business responsibility, Business Value, cloud application development, Cloud business models, Cloud Business strategy, cloud computing models, emerging technology, enterprise, enterprise architectures, enterprise cloud, enterprise cloud services, Enterprise computing, Enterprise data models, enterprise IT, IaaS, infrastruture, innovation, IT architectures, IT business alignment, IT consultant, IT Innovation, IT Leadership, IT management, IT management tools, IT operations, IT organization strategy, IT portfolio management, IT risk management, IT service delivery models, IT services, IT technology, leveraging IT investment, managing Cloud Portfolios, New IT product innovation, operations, SaaS, Supply chain, System integration, Systems innovation, technology innovation, utility computing, virtual desktop

When an inpatient business unit marketing manager with a credit card can stand up an instance of Salesforce in a matter of a few days, and many companies have long outsourced their daily IT operations, many business executives are questioning if a traditional centralized IT organization is the...

April 20, 2013  4:00 PM

Cat or Cow Clouds – Which do you have?



Posted by: Beth Cohen
business innovation, cloud application development, Cloud architectures, Cloud business models, Cloud Business strategy, cloud computing models, Cloud computing standards, cloud data center, cloud development platforms, cloud infrastructure, Cloud innovation, Cloud IT, Cloud Services, Cloud Strategy, IT consultant, OpenStack, PaaS, Private Cloud

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April 8, 2013  6:00 PM

The Enterprise Finally gets Cloud



Posted by: Beth Cohen
big data, business applications, business innovation, business IT, Business Value, cloud application development, Cloud architectures, Cloud business models, Cloud Business strategy, cloud computing models, cloud data center, Cloud Data Storage, cloud development platforms, cloud infrastructure, Cloud innovation, Cloud IT, cloud mobile computing, Cloud Networks, Cloud operations, Cloud portfolio management, Cloud Reference architecture, Cloud Services, Cloud Strategy, emerging technology, enterprise, enterprise architectures, enterprise cloud, Enterprise computing, enterprise IT, global IT economy, hybrid cloud, innovation, IT business alignment, IT consultant, IT futures, IT Innovation, IT Leadership, IT management, IT organization strategy, leveraging IT investment, managing Cloud Portfolios, New IT product innovation, technology, technology innovation

Yes, it is a bit trite to say it now, but Cloud Computing has become a multi-billion dollar business which really has revolutionized Information Technology consumption for both the consumer and enterprise markets. It is well established in the white hot consumer market, especially with the...


January 4, 2013  7:27 PM

2013 – Year of the Cloud for Sure this Time



Posted by: Beth Cohen
business innovation, business IT, Cloud architectures, Cloud business models, cloud computing, cloud computing models, Cloud computing standards, Cloud innovation, Cloud portfolio management, Cloud Services, Dev/Ops, enterprise cloud, enterprise cloud services, global IT economy, IaaS, IaaS cloud, infrastruture, innovation, IT business alignment, IT consultant, IT futures, IT Innovation, IT technology

Will the predicted Cloud Computing revolution finally arrive? Has Platform as a Service (PaaS) finally matured enough to be widely adopted? These and other burning questions are part of Cloud Technology Partners’ 2013 tech future predictions. In the spirit of the holidays I give you ghosts...


November 11, 2012  12:30 AM

OpenStack Take 3: Technology Overview



Posted by: Beth Cohen
big data, cloud application development, Cloud architectures, Cloud business models, Cloud Business strategy, cloud computing, cloud computing models, Cloud computing standards, cloud development platforms, cloud infrastructure, Cloud innovation, Cloud IT, Cloud Network Architectures, Cloud Networks, Cloud operations, Cloud Reference architecture, Cloud Services, Cloud Strategy, enterprise cloud, enterprise cloud services, IaaS, IaaS cloud, IT consultant, managing Cloud Portfolios, Open Souce Software, OpenStack, Openstack swift, technology innovation

Question: Is there anything new about OpenStack’s underlying technology?

As I mentioned my previous post on the recently concluded OpenStack Summit held in San Diego October 2012, OpenStack needs to be taken seriously by anyone who is interested...


October 25, 2012  12:30 PM

Magic Quadrant IaaS Market Confusion



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Amazon Cloud Services, business innovation, Cloud architectures, Cloud business models, Cloud Business strategy, Cloud computing standards, cloud infrastructure, Cloud innovation, Cloud IT, Cloud Reference architecture, Cloud Services, enterprise cloud services, IaaS, IaaS cloud, IT architectures, IT consultant, IT Infrastructure, Open Source, OpenStack

Just what is IaaS anyway?  Based on what was written in Gartner’s just published edition of Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a...

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October 19, 2012  2:00 PM

OpenStack Take 3 – Business Overview



Posted by: Beth Cohen
business innovation, Cloud architectures, Cloud business models, Cloud Business strategy, cloud computing models, Cloud computing standards, cloud data center, Cloud Data Storage, cloud development platforms, cloud infrastructure, Cloud innovation, Cloud IT, Cloud Network Architectures, Cloud Networks, IT consultant, OpenStack, Private Cloud, Public Cloud, public cloud services, SDN

Question: Is OpenStack a flash in the pan or is it for real?

After four extraordinary days of immersion into all things OpenStack at the just concluded OpenStack Summit in San Diego, I can heartily say without reservations that OpenStack...


September 29, 2012  10:00 PM

SSD Storage – Finally some new technology



Posted by: Beth Cohen
cloud data center, Cloud Data Storage, cloud storage, Data Integrity, data protection, disk failure, emerging technology, hardware failure, high availability, IT consultant, OpenStack, Openstack swift

Until recently, the massive changes to IT infrastructure brought on by widespread cloud architecture adoption have barely touched the relatively mature multi-billion dollar storage industry.  The old adage that storage is cheap, but management of storage is expensive is as valid as it was 10 years...


August 27, 2012  1:30 AM

Extreme Enterprise BYOD



Posted by: Beth Cohen
business innovation, business IT, Business Value, BYOD, cloud mobile computing, consumer IT innovation, Consumer IT technology, consumerization, emerging technology, enterprise, enterprise IT, infrastruture, innovation, IT business alignment, IT consultant, IT futures, IT governance, IT Infrastructure, IT Innovation, IT organization strategy, IT service delivery models, IT technology, New IT product innovation, risk management

Question:  What would happen if you took an employee owned devices policy to its logical extreme?  What would happen if companies stopped providing systems and devices to their workers and required them to use their own tools? Making employees buy their own...


July 22, 2012  8:30 PM

The IT Operations Development Disconnect



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Agile Methodologies, application development, business innovation, business IT, cloud application development, Cloud Business strategy, cloud development platforms, Cloud operations, Cloud portfolio management, IT consultant

Question:  With all the talk of how effective DevOps is, why is it not more widely used as an IT organizational methodology? On paper, the concept of the development and operations part of an IT organization working in concert is wonderful.  In fairness when...


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