For or against electricity?

For or against electricity?

More than a century ago, to enjoy a journey from point A to point B, you could ride  on a horse or use a carriage  or  simply walk. For more than a 100 years now, we have  cars at our disposal, which makes journeys and transport much easier. I was surprised to discover that the bicycle was invented in the mid 15th century. It was amazing to see the multiple evolutions from the velocipede, two wheels, and big wheels bikes and the present bike we all know now. Ok, I am not going to make the history of the bike even if you understood that I am a big fan of bicycle stories 😉 Let’s have a look at another innovation evolution: the phone comes from the telegraph, then  was available  in each house and now we even have a  smartphone  in our pocket. You could argue that the latter is used for much more than  making  calls… Theast example- I promise- could be electricity (I could also talk about train, planes…), its  early stages  in the 18th century and the development  during the 19th and nowadays it is a commodity. Then I have to ask you the question : are you  for or against  electricity? It  sounds foolish to ask that kind of question today, doesn’t it? My point is that that  any  innovation or disruption  needs to be embraced by the mainstream population. If the innovation happens to be beneficial to most of us, it would have useless to fight against it. If we come back on my favorite topic :  Cloud Computing. For years, we  have...
Cloud Application Eligibility : Where to start?

Cloud Application Eligibility : Where to start?

How to start your application eligibility assessment? In a previous article I made the point that Hybrid Information Systems is a more adequate term than Hybrid Cloud if you consider the Cloud from the Application perspective rather than from the Infrastructure perspective. The Hybrid nature of Cloud boils down to: Where is the application running? So, let’s come back to the Application Eligibility Assessment methodology! Which kind of applications can I put into the Private Cloud? Which kind of applications could benefit from Public Cloud? What are these “Hybrid applications” that could be partly in the Private Cloud and in the Public Cloud? Let’s put aside the Hybrid apps for the time being;  It’s very difficult, today, with legacy applications, to find that kind, ready to go. So good news, not so much work to do. This could be, in a close future, some re-written applications. Let’s deal with the two first kinds. To do so, I am using Beamap’s actionable framework for application eligibility. This is not the truth, if you think we missed something, feel free to add a comment! The framework is based on 15 points : Location of Data: Where is it stored? Is it moving? Which guarantees does the provider offer? Lots of compliance concers in the area. Data check first could help you don’t sped time for your App so please check Data point first ! Personal data protection: compliance with the European Data Protection directive and what is done in this area. Data retention policy: the provider needs to share this and what’s needed on the application side. Auditability, again compliance with...
From CIO to CIO !

From CIO to CIO !

What’s from CIO to CIO ? It is the next move for the CIO. From Chief Information Officer to Chief Innovation Officer. This will become true soon, even if the actual CIO role will disappear ! Gartner said “By 2017, Chief Marketing Officer will spend more on IT than CIOs”, 2017, not so far isn’t it ? Why this change ? As I presented in the last post about the Social Computing Revolution, more Cloud Computing, majoritarily in the Public Cloud, more social using key vendors’ infrastructures and more mobile devices.This is the CIO evolution, IT will be more a commodity and the Marketing department will be able to buy alone what ever it needs for his business. What about CIO role in this case ? I saw three patterns in the Dreamforce conference about the CIO new role. The first one is a clear role of leadership for Innovation. Technology introduction will leverage the innovation part. Capitalize on the next trendy technologies, not for generalization at the moment but for using it for challenging, emulation et Innovation stimulation. The second one, a Transformation responsibility for the entire Company. The Social Computing Revolution is based on Cloud Computing, Social networks and Mobile usages. It will have a huge transformation impact and CIO have to take their part of the job. And the last one : Guidelines and Roadmap. These innovations and transformations need a new model for IT. New concerns and new technologies will need new guidelines and governance. Security, Project Management, Operations, Architecture Patterns ; it is an opportunity to redefine all. Then, with these guidelines will permit a clear...
Modern times ?

Modern times ?

Do not you run after time? “It is time to do this, to do that?”, “No, we do not have time for this type of project”, “Time is money”, “Do not waste a precious time “… And if things were not only related to time but rather to the attention that it carries? Look, for example, the Private Cloud example. Beamap found two types of projects: Projects that spend a lot of time for POC testing and validation with other expressions needed to compete with the phonebook, The project focused on the simplest use, its implementation to make “good” the first time. Are you not amazed how businesses never have the time nor the means of doing things “correctly” the first time. But they always have the time and the means to repeat multiple times...
Still waiting Cloud Computing Technical innovation ?

Still waiting Cloud Computing Technical innovation ?

Cloud Computing is the highest in terms of expectations according to gartner. In IT is the word most often used said last forbes study  and cloud computing is often touted as a technological trend. You said technology? Remind me what are the technical innovation behind the Cloud? It is immediately much more difficult to answer. Virtualization? Already for years, converged architectures? May be the natural evolution of server solutions / storage and networking. A new family of software to present service offerings, the service portal? Their product meets new needs but is it this innovation which bring to cloud computing? No. Cloud computing is not driven by technical innovation, yet many companies spend their time and money to make Technical POC. Why do this, there is no break at this level! Rupture related to cloud computing is at the service delivery model, this model impact processes, architecture, relationships between consumers and producers of the service: Instead, perform operational pilotes to see the differences in everyday life and so prepare your organization to move to the...