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September 30, 2013  3:00 AM

Is IT Still Relevant?



Posted by: Beth Cohen
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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 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...


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...


July 14, 2012  2:30 PM

Do We Really Need Cloud Standards?



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Amazon Cloud Services, business innovation, Cloud business models, Cloud Business strategy, cloud compliance, cloud computing, Cloud computing standards, cloud development platforms, Cloud migration, Cloud portfolio management, Cloud Services, Cloud Strategy, enterprise cloud, hybrid cloud, innovation, IT architectures, IT consultant, IT Innovation, IT organization strategy, IT service delivery models, managing Cloud Portfolios, technology innovation

Question:  I am working on building a cloud strategy for my company.  How can we avoid vendor lock-in? You would think that cloud technology would have standardized long time ago.  While network standards that shape the Internet have been widely accepted...


May 21, 2011  5:30 PM

The Big Enterprise Technology Disconnect



Posted by: Beth Cohen
cloud computing, Cloud IT, cloud mobile computing, emerging technology, enterprise cloud services, enterprise IT, IT Innovation, mobile computing, technology innovation

Question:  How can we reconcile the rapid uptake of cloud, social networking and mobile communications in the consumer market with the cautious approach of the risk adverse enterprise?  Are big enterprises missing an opportunity or just being prudent?...


November 30, 2010  3:00 AM

The Evolving Role of the IT Manager – Part 1



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Cloud IT, IT management, IT portfolio management, technology innovation

Question: With emerging cloud technologies and more outsourcing than ever, how can IT executives benefit from understanding the forces that are shaping the new paradigms of IT service delivery? As the world starts climbing out of the worse recession in 60...


August 4, 2010  8:00 PM

Report from the Clouds



Posted by: Beth Cohen
cloud computing, Cloud security, Cloud Services, Enterprise computing, Enterprise security, IT architectures, SaaS, technology innovation

Question:  The hype about Cloud computing is reaching fever pitch.  Is cloud computing just recycled technology, or is there something really innovative and new? Last week I attended a great little Unconference called


July 15, 2009  7:00 PM

More Clouds with a Chance of Storms



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Business Security, Business Value, cloud computing, innovation, IT Innovation, Security, technology innovation

Question:  What exactly are the top security issues that cloud vendors need to address? Somehow I am getting a sense of déjà vu on cloud security.  Don't get me wrong folks, but the cow is already out of the barn.  After all, more than 69% of all consumer...


July 1, 2009  12:00 PM

Clouds Rolling In…



Posted by: ITKE
cloud computing, Enterprise datacenter, IT Infrastructure, IT Innovation, IT technology, technology innovation

Question:  There has been much twitter in the technology press and from the big vendors about how cloud computing is the next transformational technology.  Is there really anything to the hype? Every day seems to bring yet another deluge of cloud-related...


June 17, 2009  12:00 PM

Part 2: Consumer Driven Business Innovation



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Business Value, cloud computing, Consumer IT technology, IT Innovation, New IT product innovation, technology innovation

Question:  Recently you wrote how the consumer market is the major driver of innovation.  How can you say that when IBM and HP are constantly developing new products for the enterprise? Last time, I talked about how the consumer markets are driving...


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