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Ray DePena

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Early Bird at Cloud Expo In part 1 and part 2 we covered the alignment between strategy, organizational culture, innovation, and cloud computing; and discussed the risk of innovation in the cloud.  Now lets turn our attention towards our respective organizations. Innovation in the world of business occurs in organizations ready to take an acceptable level of managed, calculated, and measured risks. While it’s true that an airplane is safest in the hangar, that’s not what airplanes are for, and it would likely make for one unhappy pilot, wasting her skill, education, and training while she does nothing more than continuous upkeep on the airplane in the hangar, for a flight that won’t happen. Success is not guaranteed.  That is the nature of risk taking. Organizations where a positive risk taking culture exists, where employees are empowered and are doing motivating... (more)

Who Stands to Benefit Most Quickly?

The shift to cloud computing is underway, and to some degree I can understand the concerns of organizations with tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of employees, though they too can benefit from this shift to cloud computing through an on premise approach. What interests me are the reasons why companies with less than 1,000 employees are not aggressively investigating or pursuing cloud computing. Given their size, flexibility, entrepreneurial spirit, and their agility, they stand to benefit long before larger organizations. If you’re a small to medium size business o... (more)

Point, Counterpoint

As you have no doubt been anxiously awaiting, below is my response (with a few minor edits) to Mr. Rick Gordon, Managing Director at the Civitas Group in response to his concerns detailed in the post entitled, “Cloud Concerns in Los Angeles?“ Dear Mr. Gordon, Thank you for your comments. I completely agree with the lack of cloud computing standards and data security concerns you describe, and while I predominantly target the small to medium business market segment (which itself is prone with security issues due to lack of skilled, in house, IT security specialists), I concede th... (more)

The Cloud, SaaS and BPMS

Many have discussed and commented on Cloud computing’s benefits, as well as its risks, though I have heard few discussions on Cloud computing’s impact on business process re-engineering, and how to get from the existing internal business processes to a Cloud computing model. For smaller organizations this may not be as great a concern as it would be for larger, more complex organizations, with many stakeholders. It will be interesting to see how the major vendors of BPMS position themselves for this migration to Cloud computing. We can be certain of one thing, and that is, the use... (more)

The Cloud, SaaS, and IT PPM

In the same vein as the article on BPMS, have you considered a SaaS based IT PPMS (Project and Portfolio Management Systems) tool for your next project? If you are in that process now, you’re in luck as Gartner has recently released their review of those tools. The report can be found here. Is there a gap between your customer mission / needs, and IT mission / service delivery capabilities? How can the SaaS IT PPMS tools help you close that gap? Well, for starters, we may consider some advantages of SaaS based PPMS tools such as Daptiv and AtTask. Drawingvia mediaproducts.gartner.... (more)