Leadership in the Cloud

Leadership in the Cloud

This week I had the chance to see Andrew Marr in a special event for our clients. His topic was about key skills for a politician’s leadership. Great speech, straight to the point, Andrew is really a very smart and very good speaker, I can feel his passion  for politics and even more for his country. Great food for thoughts. Ok, ok you might think I am diverging and no link with my favorite topic : Cloud Computing and Digital Transformation. This  usage revolution needs a strong leadership.  As Andrew Marr said, where are our leader for this Transformation in our companies? If you are in a big one, the lesson learnt  from politics could apply. Trust me I spent years in large corporations, politics thrives in  there. I  would like to share with you my top 6 key take-aways from Andrew’s speech: First : What are you here for?  Why do we need to embrace the Digital Era in our companies? Why is it key today to live in our fast-paced environments  not using  old recipes? Second : Make enemies! You can’t please everyone. Although it’s hard to admit, but you know it  in your inner self. The question is: with whom could  you make peace? Only with your enemies. Third : Take crips decisions. How many times did I hear  people complaining that their company was  not able to take decision? “We don’t know”; “We have to  launch another study”. Bring clarity, bring all the organisation to know what are the decisions. Fourth : Speak English!  Use the same language  in order that  everyone understands what you...
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...
The deluge of Internet of things

The deluge of Internet of things

Imagine that 25 years ago someone  told you would be able today to access your messages, some videos, to work nearly everywhere and do all of this with a small device in your pocket? There we are today with your smartphone! Yes, one phone by village in 1950, one per house in 1980 and now one in each pocket today. And tomorrow a lot more! It will be a huge deluge of connected devices! If you look at figures, some experts imagine we could have more than 100 Trillion devices on what is called the Internet of Things. You think it’s huge? It is indeed! It means we will have between 1000 to 2000 connected things per person! This could happen by 2030+. As a reference, we started with less than 10 millions in 2007 and we have more than 3.5 Billions in 2014 and growing. Look at this article to see some numbers. Welcome the Internet of Objects (IoT), the first to introduce this term was Kevin Ashton. He came with the idea of objects with sensors, all connected to the Internet. This is both an opportunity. A great opportunity to improve our lives by creating interconnected cities and consume less energy. Also a better organization of transport and logistics with connected cars and trains to optimize all this. It could also be production of energy assembled from an interconnected and regulated network according the needs of all of us through intelligent Networks.A Global Internet combined with commodity Cloud Computing and leveraging Big Data are the only way to get the value of the Internet Of Thing. First...
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...