There has been a lot of discussions out there about moving applications to the cloud for the benefits of scale and agility. However, not too many people truly understand how to reap the full benefits of cloud. I like to touch on a few basic concepts here on how to write a cloud-native application that is smart enough to take advantage of a true cloud infrastructure environment.
Over the years, CIOs have trended toward MBA backgrounds instead of drawing on technical expertise.
We've long preached that CIOs should focus on the business instead of feathering their technical nests. Technical knowledge is great, but not if it is out of context with the business. IT was isolated from business for decades.
The techie role can be farmed out to underlings while the CIO spends most of his or her time with customers, partners and similarly elevated colleagues. I remain convinced that is the right path for most CIOs.
It's that time again when I make my forecasts for the new year. Sometimes, my predictions work out, sometimes not. Here's 10 topics that will be front and center for CIOs in 2014. What do you think I overlooked? Anyway, here goes.
While legal and technical aspects of the cloud journey are important, the first consideration is what will run on that cloud.
Recently, I was presenting to the IT strategy team of a large enterprise. I talked about the journey to cloud, what are the things you should review and what decisions should you take. Very quickly, the discussion boiled down to technology and legal aspects.
A good year ago I was in Quebec, and let me disclose something here … speaking French, I’m really welcome out there. We had a wonderful time. One of the customers we met was a local bank. Their IT team wanted to experiment with cloud and we convinced them that cloud enabling their development environment made a lot of sense.
Over the last couple months, the same discussion keeps popping up over and over again. It started last August at a cloud introduction workshop I ran for an insurance company. I talked about the need to manage the service portfolio and highlighted the importance of a proper governance between business and IT. One of the attendees complained that the business had no understanding of the cost associated with the development of new services.