The Changing Face of Technology and Innovation
A friend of mine's son recently returned from an extended absence which
basically removed him from nearly all aspects of technology, including the
Internet, for a bit longer than 5 years. Upon return, observing him restore
his awareness of technologies and absorb all things new developed over the
past 5 years was both exciting and moving.
To be fair, the guy grew up in an Internet world, with access to online
resources including Facebook, Twitter, and other social applications.
The interesting part of his re-introduction to the "wired" world was watching
the comprehension flashes he went through when absorbing the much higher
levels of application and data integration, and speed of network access.
As much as all of us continue to complain about terrible access speeds, it is
remarkable to see how excited he became when lea... (more)
Providing guidance or consulting to organizations on cloud computing topics
can be really easy, or really tough. In the past most of the initial
engagement was dedicated to training and building awareness with your
customer. The next step was finding a high value, low risk application or
service that could be moved to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to solve an
immediate problem, normally associated with disaster recovery or data
As the years have continued, dynamics changed. On one hand, IT
professionals and CIOs began to establish better knowledge of what
In 2009 we began consulting jobs with governments in developing countries
with the primary objective to consolidate data centers across government
ministries and agencies into centralized, high capacity and quality data
centers. At the time, nearly all individual ministry or agency data
infrastructure was built into either small computers rooms or server closets
with some added “brute force” air conditioning, no backup generators, no
data back up, superficial security, and lots of other ailments.
The vision and strategy was that if we consolidated inefficient, end of life,
and ... (more)
IT professionals continue to debate the benefits of standardization versus
the benefits of innovation, and the potential of standards inhibiting
engineer and software developer ability to develop creative solutions to
business opportunities and challenges. At the Open Group Conference in San
Diego last week (3~5 February) the topic of standards and innovation popped
up not only in presentations, but also in sidebar conversations surrounding
the conference venue.
In his presentation SOA4BT (Service-Oriented Architecture for Business
Technology) - From Business Services to Reali... (more)
You Want Money for a Data Center Build Out?
A couple years ago I attended several "fast pitch" competitions and events
for entrepreneurs in Southern California, all designed to give startups a
chance to "pitch" their ideas in about 60 seconds to a panel of
representatives from the local investment community. Similar to
television's "Shark Tank," most of the ideas pitches were harshly critiqued,
with the real intent of assisting participating entrepreneurs in developing a
better story for approaching investors and markets.
While very few of the pitches received a strong, positive... (more)