General, Process, Technology, WEB

The one question that every CIO should ask themselves… What are you going to do when (not if) your cloud systems fail?

I’ve deliberately used the word Cloud to grab your attention but the question is equally applicable if you use Cloud systems or in house systems. This post was prompted following an interesting twitter conversation I had last night with Frank Scavo and Dennis Howlett around yesterday’s outage of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Frank started… Continue reading The one question that every CIO should ask themselves… What are you going to do when (not if) your cloud systems fail?

General, Innovation, Technology, WEB

Cloud Computing World Forum 2011 – Insights Part 2

More insights from Cloud Computing World Forum following on from my earlier post… So two sessions down and two more to go. Next up I attended a panel session "Advantages and trends in cloud technology" This was chaired by Rupert Goodwins @rupertg the Editor ZDNet UK. In Rupert’s opening pitch he made the statement that "negatives… Continue reading Cloud Computing World Forum 2011 – Insights Part 2

Innovation, Process, Technology, WEB

Cloud Computing World Forum 2011 – Insights Part 1

In between meetings on a business trip to London this week I thought I’d drop by the 3rd Cloud Computing World Forum at Olympia to see what was going on. I attended the same event last year and it would be a good opportunity to see what had changed and also to catch up with… Continue reading Cloud Computing World Forum 2011 – Insights Part 1

Technology, WEB

The Enterprise Cloud and why saving money isn’t everything

I spent an excellent couple of days this week with a group of CIO’s from some of the largest companies across Europe and one of the hot topics we debated was around adoption of the Cloud… what’s the business case for cloud? who’s driving the cloud agenda? are businesses ready for cloud? which applications are… Continue reading The Enterprise Cloud and why saving money isn’t everything

Innovation, Technology, WEB

Predicting the future with Super SaaS, Gamification and a Crystal Ball

Predicting the future of technology and business software development has never been more difficult, do I play safe and follow where others have gone before (and enter the world of ever increasing patent infringement!), or do I try something different with possibly higher risk? I’ve been a follower of SaaS and Cloud since the very… Continue reading Predicting the future with Super SaaS, Gamification and a Crystal Ball

Technology, WEB

Technocrats put your soap box away and give the Cloud a chance

If you’ve read any of my recent posts you might think that I’m not supportive of Cloud. Some have even insinuated that I might even be a detractor, deliberately trying to slow down the adoption of Cloud. Well, it’s time for me to come clean and state for the record that I’m actually pro Cloud,… Continue reading Technocrats put your soap box away and give the Cloud a chance

Innovation, Technology, WEB

SaaS and Cloud… one in the same or completely different???

I was intrigued to see over on Accountingweb a whole list of replies to what on the surface was a very simple question … “What is cloud Computing?” the rationale behind this question was also simple: Once we agree the definition of cloud computing, then we can have a more productive discussion in 2011! However,… Continue reading SaaS and Cloud… one in the same or completely different???

Technology, WEB

You can only come to my cloud party if…..

I lost count of the number of times I heard or read that intro during 2010, You can only be Cloud if you're a pure play SaaS application. You can only be Cloud if you run multitenant. You can only be Cloud if you run public cloud. You can only be Cloud if you’re application… Continue reading You can only come to my cloud party if…..

Technology

How much do public clouds cost and are all things equal?

Most people have heard about the cloud and the benefit it brings in the shape of pay for what you use and rapid provisioning etc... Simple right... well yes and no. Taking Amazon EC2 as an example... its sounds pretty simple to begin with... Pay only for what you use. There is no minimum fee. Estimate your monthly… Continue reading How much do public clouds cost and are all things equal?

Technology

The “One for all and all for one” Cloud…

I was intrigued by this story from the BBC website last night on how 70 big name firms had formed an alliance to drive Cloud standards. The story begins : Some of the world's biggest companies are using their market clout to demand that computer equipment makers change the way they make their machines. The… Continue reading The “One for all and all for one” Cloud…