Use cloud to transform your business. Sounds simple, right? But it’s not that easy. You need to think about more than technical issues. Culture, processes, skill sets, and change management all play a strategic role in smoothing your path to the cloud. What happens when you neglect these factors? Consider this cautionary tale of a large enterprise customer, who turned to my HP colleagues to sort out their private cloud missteps and transform IT into an internal service provider.
When customers ask me what type of cloud they should use to manage Big Data, I answer: It depends. What do you want to use the cloud for—storage, synchronization, analysis, integration, aggregation? And, does the data contain sensitive information? How large are the files? Do you need to access the data constantly, or only once a week? The answers to these questions can help pinpoint the cloud deployment that’s right for your particular data needs, to deliver the optimum business agility.
An interesting phenomenon is unfolding within the past couple of years. Open source technologies for cloud computing is on a rapid, exponential growth in terms of number of people involved and products that are created. Open source development is nothing new to the technology industry.
Last time, I shared with you a couple of examples of how we at HP are using our own cloud solutions to transform the way we do business. Contrary to common perceptions, cloud computing is not just about cost reduction. It has far greater impact to the business and its bottom line. At HP, the cloud enables us to be more agile and innovative. Cloud computing can help businesses manage risks and improve customer loyalty. Below are some examples.
I’ve been a student of leadership for the past two decades. I’ve learned a great deal from many mentors and business leaders. They have taught me the importance of coaching and motivation, emotional intelligence and influencing for results. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to apply my learning and pass the knowledge forward to others in both my professional and personal lives. One of the key lessons I’ve learned is that great leaders lead by example.
The holiday season means one thing for me: Avoid the crazy lines at retail stores and escape to the movie theater. On my list this season are Walking with Dinosaurs and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Since this past summer, the movies' distributor, 20th Century Fox, has been building buzz for these blockbusters by creating identities on various social media sites for each movie, and releasing prescreen content to the press and customers.