What can these things possibly have in common? In a word - relativity.
I'm reminded of the old joke, two guys are swimming in the ocean when they
notice a shark and one guy takes off swimming towards the boat, while the
other says, "What are you doing? We can't swim faster than a shark", the
other replies, "I don't need to swim faster than a shark, just faster than
Lately there has been a barrage of articles with regards to cloud security,
and some very public demonstrations of outages with Facebook and Twitter.
Its been a field day for many who oppose the cloud computing model. Let me
get this out of the way so that there is no misunderstanding, yes, I agree
with most on the need for better security in the cloud, and rest assured, the
cloud service providers are motivated to work on it. That being said, lets
Security, while a very real and legit... (more)
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)
Cloud Computing on Ulitzer
There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining
your mind share? Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the
news recently with a number of announcements.
So many that I've been attempting to track them by creating specific journals
Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and
research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and
perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this
There are several lists that are excellent points of ... (more)
Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Peter Coffee, of eWeek fame.
Peter, as industry veterans may be aware, was eWeek's Technology Editor, and
is now Director of Platform Research for Salesforce.com, a leader in cloud
Our conversation began with my blatant attempt at gaining insight about
Salesforce's strategic roadmap, knowing full well only the CEO can answer
those type of questions, but you never know what you can glean from a
non-response. Hey, I gave it a shot.
Then the real discussion of our meeting began. The economic advantages of
the cloud computi... (more)
Early Bird at Cloud Expo
In Part 1 of Innovation and Risk in the Clouds, I focused on the alignment
between strategy, organizational culture, innovation, and cloud computing.
In part 2 we will discuss some of the risks and challenges cloud computing
Do you remember the last time you took a risk? The first time? Do you
remember the first time you saw your company take a meaningful risk?
In business there are some very memorable moments in risk taking. Which
ones do you recall? One of my favorites is the Apple, Xerox, Microsoft, and
IBM story told in the Pirates of Si... (more)