Adaptivity Session at Cloud Expo
There is so much waste in the data centers of Fortune 1000 companies today
that a CIO – as an officer of the company – could be considered in breach
of their fiduciary duty to stockholders given the dollars in question. Of
course that requires costs transparency, so sadly most are safe for now. It
seems that every new technology innovation brings the promise of greater
efficiencies and cost savings but in reality tends to leave a mess of
‘legacy’ infrastructure on the floor that results in a net higher TCO
than the CIO had in the first place.
So what does this have to do with Cloud Computing? While there is no shortage
of companies trying to ply their wares as the ideal enabler for Cloud, I am
surprised by the lack of attention from vendors that have the most to gain
– the Cloud providers themselves. If I put on my CIO shoes here are... (more)
Adaptivity at Cloud Expo
There are a variety of applications that support numerous business lines
across an enterprise. These applications exhibit a wide range of operational
characteristics as they service the diverse business demands. That diversity
is the key to business success, but it has consequences.
Ask an enterprise application architect about how IT should run a data center
and you will find that the range of behaviours exhibited across the portfolio
of applications cannot be run on one set of standard platform configurations.
Most critical applications have extreme ope... (more)
IT shops continually struggle with keeping resource documentation up to date.
Too often IT departments seem resigned to accepting mediocre results, as if
the world conspires against them. Resource tracking is a prime example of
this. Fundamentally, the different organizational aspects refuse to comply
with these manual processes to keep a CMDB updated. This creates the number
one barrier to moving to some form of a cloud-like delivery model.
Furthermore, advancements in virtualization have made the situation worse, as
software resources have been severed from physical resources. T... (more)
The Economic Model for Enterprise IT can be thought of as the Business & IT
linkage of demand and supply. In particular, it is the interactive dynamics
of consumption of IT resources by the business and the fulfillment behavior
of processing by IT.
An economic model blueprint for Enterprise IT must orientate service delivery
(people, process and technology) as a digital supply chain. This supply chain
must adhere and be managed against the IT economic model.
The blueprint for an enterprise IT economic model - standardizes 5 key
components of an organization’s operational model in... (more)
This is part 2 of the continuing article series “From Legacy to the
Cloud: Next Generation Datacenters”
Restating the obvious: Business and IT have planned, designed and operated
business systems in a silo-oriented manner with disconnected decisions and
actions as to how the business needs to executes and systems are created.
In the first article in this series I stated that there is not silver bullet
or single strategy that solves all. There is however, proven methods and
successful strategies that multiple firms have employed to attack the legacy
problems in their existing data... (more)