When HP Fellow Charlie Bess heard that this is our #CIOchat question today (2-3 p.m. ET), he has an interesting follow-up: doesn't everyone in organization own analytics? Then there's reality. There has to be ownership - call them champions if that sounds more upbeat - or nothing gets done or what gets little gets done gets done badly or piecemeal.You have to give people ownership -- proverbial skin in the game.
But who or what needs analytics most? I'd argue LOB. The CIO is the analytics tool and die maker. The CFO controls what you spend. So my vote for the biggest share of ownership goes to LOB.
It’s all about “Platform as a Service” these days. But juxtaposed to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), what does PaaS mean, and how do you make the right choice for a given application? I see at least two different kind of PaaS environments addressing different scenarios and needs. It’s important, when embarking on the development and/or migration of an application to a cloud environment, to thoroughly think through which PaaS environment to use.
Infrastructure teams tend to think shorter term and as a consequence are often ill-suited to lead cloud migrations. How do I know? I've had contact with three customers recently where the marching orders were to move quickly and invest as little as possible in the migration. The goal was to reduce costs move by shuttering data centers and manage multiple suppliers.
Imagine having thousands of applications to put into the cloud. What are the steps to taking on such a massive project? Well, this is what I told a customer who informed me that he had five thousand apps to migrate into the cloud. I suggested a six step approach.
1) Understand the vision, establish the priorities
I don't agree with David Linthicum's post in InfoWorld that contends the IaaS and PaaS markets will no longer support smaller providers. He also argues that the little guys will have to exit those markets and find something else to do.