Last week I was interacting with a number of technologists where we were discussing the need for organizations to be more agile and the implications this may have on an organization’s architecture efforts in general and enterprise architecture in particular.
The same pressures shifting the needs of the business are present where business and technology meet and should affect the creation and use of architecture work products. Much can be learned from what’s happening in the agile development space, and applied to architecture:
You don’t have to be an environment activist to support green cloud computing. When thinking about the cloud, we typically have images of a remote place in the sky where people store documents, photos and music, yet the reality is a little different. Data is stored on thousands of remote computer servers located in large-scale industrial facilities called data centers, and these data centers consume tremendous amounts of power, negatively impacting the environment.
If you’re a business owner, preparing for the unexpected is critical. If you run a small business, one of the important decisions you have to make is in regards to the backup and recovery of your company’s critical data.
Data as a Service (DaaS) – not to be confused with Desktop as a Service – has been called the “cousin” of software as a service. Like all members of the “as a Service” (aaS) family, DaaS is a cloud strategy used to facilitate the accessibility of business-critical data in a well-timed, protected and affordable manner. DaaS is based on the concept that specific, useful data can be supplied to users on demand, regardless of any organizational or geographical separation between consumers and providers.
The widespread adoption of cloud computing and mobile is changing our lives, the way we do business and how we handle our day-to-day chores. In many ways, mobility and cloud computing play a significant role from both a consumer and enterprise user standpoint.
The concept is applicable to any situation where your hands are full and yet you'd like to have information at your fingertips. It could be on an oil rig, a battle field or a surgery. I'm not saying that Google glass is the best implimentation of augmented reality, but the business case.
What we have today is just a roadsign along the journey. We've not come close to having a killer application, but we will likely say (when looking back) someone could see it from here.
For too many years, IT has seen the cost of operations - routine maintainance and other "keeping the lights on" activities - drawing a majority (typically quoted at 70-80%) of budgets instead of innovative and revenue generation initiatives. CIOs and IT business leaders know that a change is needed and we know that there is not a technology silver bullet. At Wikibon, we created the a new Infographic -The Changing Role of the CIO - to give a glimpse into the life of a modern CIO.
In the IT infrastructure space, there is always a limited amount of money that CIOs can spend on infrastructure and therefore a struggle between competing parts of the stack for budget. What was simpler in the mainframe days became less expensive, but more complex. Applications are supported by an infrastructure stack of servers, networking and storage; each with its own functionality. Through the 2000's, while companies like HP and IBM sold and bundled all of the pieces of the stack, each silo had unique hardware, software and full list of features.