The Humble Photocopier and IP

Following on from Katie’s posts on the current debate raging in the US on IP rights and the internet, it is worth thinking about the implications in a wider sense. Personally I see the dilemma in terms of “old technology”…..the way things are heading, the law may as well allow authors of copyrighted material to […]

SOPA, PIPA and your Business

If you happen to have looked anything up on Wikipedia on Wednesday, you may have noticed the internet blackout protests against the SOPA and PIPA bills that are being considered by the Senate and House of Representatives in the United States. SOPA or the Stop Online Piracy Act and PIPA, the Protect IP Act, are […]

Is IT Strategy the same as Cloud Strategy?

The other day someone asked me why we, as a small company, have effectively two brands; one focused on delivering IT strategy assessments and transitions, and another similar brand with a cloud focus. The question was, is there a difference, and do you need two brands? Initially I was adamant that, yes, there is a […]

Changing Paradigms in Banking

It was interesting to see the announcement that BBVA are moving their mail and office services to the cloud. I have been debating with a number of colleagues from the banking industry the future of the cloud in banking. In the wider services and financial services world, that is less tightly regulated than the big banks, it […]

Cost Standardisation

One of the most compelling arguments for a transition to the cloud is transparency of pricing. The move from complicated internal charge backs for costs ranging from hardware depreciation to software license shares to the time of system admins makes the simplicity of buying compute time direct off the network very compelling to a business consumer. The […]

More thoughts on the challenges of establishing the financials for a cloud project

All the technical cloud evangelists are going to hate me for dwelling on the practical financial matters of establishing a cloud project but I am afraid these issues cannot be ignored. If organisations cannot break the deadlock on the problem of first man in or last man out with an sensible approach to managing allocation of […]

Moving Always Costs, but Who Pays?

In my last post I hinted at the dilemma of who pays for a cloud project. There would appear to be few issues and some major advantages to scaling out to the Public Cloud, as you can pay as you go or pay for what you use. But is this really the case? The problem […]

Private Cloud: is it worth the effort?

There is a lot of discussion in the big companies out there of the benefits of creating their own private clouds using their own server farms and whether it is worthwhile versus the full move to use external shared Public Cloud environments. Of course, SMEs don’t have this dilemma, they do not own as much hardware, […]

Can Businesses Have IT All?

Over recent years, we have seen a number of trends among large corporations trying to get clarity on their real IT costs and squeeze efficiency from their resources. It is interesting to compare some of the approaches, and how they restrict the value that can be gained. Some companies tried to ringfence their IT by creating […]

From a Newly Minted Evangelist?

Those that know me well would be surprised to find me evangelising on the cloud. However, I am not an evangelist. For me, it is clear that the cloud is not just a trend, but a fundamental shift in the way IT is provided that no business can ignore. So I genuinely believe that every […]