I agree, Joel. Payment systems have to be totally revamped. I just got my first credit card with a chip, which keeps the card invisible. I love the idea of Apple Pay, but it won't be available everywhere. Then again, neither is American Express. For now, the chip and PIN technology is a must.
As an aside, I pre-ordered the Coin card which consolidates your credit cards into one digital card. The product has been very delayed. Coin issued me a refund that I requested.
Is Big Data catching on or does confusion and entropy remain its biggest challenges? Could it be both in that companies recognize the "urgency" to fully exploit analytics and Big Data, but have yet to get their acts together.
That will be our #CIOchat question this week: Is Big Data catching on or is it moving too slow? We chat 2-3 pm ET Thursday, hashtag #CIOchat .
"Is it something that makes sense organizationally AND ROI-wise?" That is the key question and it ties into how well or poorly understood CI is. How well do you think CIOs, IT or data center admins understand CI?
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.
While getting into the cloud fast can seem attractive, a deliberate step-by-step approach is the wisest course. Rushing to the cloud without considering all its implications is not a good idea. So here are five steps to consider as you evaluate cloud options.
Companies are adopting the cloud as they realize more and more benefits. Few jump in whole hog based on the cloud hype and there's been plenty of that. Still, as the cloud becomes more mainstream, new terms crop up.