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.
There is still confusion about cloud. There, I said it. After reviewing white papers and marketing collaterals I noticed there is some confusion between hybrid cloud and converged cloud. This material was written by industry watchers and marketers. These are people who work with Cloud every day. Some people inter-changeably use converged cloud and hybrid cloud as if they have the same meaning. Some do not know what converged cloud means. So, I wrote down what I think the differences are between these two offerings:
A provocatively titled blog post on CIO.com caught my eye: “CIOs' Cloud Strategy Must Include Public Cloud Services.” In particular, this comment by the author resonated with me: "...
One of the great benefits of industry standards is that when you purchase something, you don't have to worry about whether it's going to work with what you already have. Take the VHS standard as an example. You knew that if your VCR blew up, you could buy a new one and all your VHS tapes would still be able to play in your new machine. Think about other items in your household—you can buy a new mattress from any manufacturer and it would still fit in your bedframe; a new memory card would still work in your camera; and a new wireless access point would still support your wireless devices.