Preaching to the Converted

It is one of our core beliefs that IT infrastructure has historically undersold itself.  Partly that is due to our application colleagues and internal customers – they don’t really want to know about rack plans, virtualisation densities, global network latency –  they just want it to work. But partly, possibly the biggest part, is that […]

Even in the quietest moments

OK, so another nod to one of the well-listened-to tracks of my student days, but an interesting introduction to some thoughts on the challenges of today’s CIO. The song starts: “Even in the quietest moments I wish I knew what I had to do…” Now, I am sure there are more than a few CIOs […]

Cloud Delivery or Cloud Abdication?

When it comes to migrating to cloud delivery of services, companies spend lots of time and management bandwidth on strategy and migration. Why should I do it?  What’s the RoI? Should we go Private/hybrid/public?  Which elements: SaaS/PaaS or IaaS? But there is a far bigger element that too many companies ignore. Strategy and migration decisions tend to be one-off projects […]

Crisis What Crisis?

Following on from Perry’s recent post on banks and the cloud, I wonder if we could take this title as a state of play for the banking industries take on the cloud.  Are the banks sitting there saying, “I am regulated, so cannot change safely”, are they saying “I am so big I have already […]

Cloud new in Banking? They’ve been doing it for years

People are nervous about using the cloud for IT service delivery. Where is my data? Who has access? Is this the right Service Level Agreement for me? All valid concerns. All valid concerns that every bank answered many years ago for some of their most critical applications and data. In banking, trusting an external services […]

What About the Public Sector?

We are all aware of the, often glacial, progress of the public sector. Bigger, usually means slow lumbering progress, and government is usually about as big as it gets. Chris Chant, head of the the Government’s G-Cloud programme, addresses the problem in this blog post, calling the current IT infrastructure unacceptable. With little first-hand public […]

Do we need more analogies for cloud development?

In a previous blog article here, I discussed how buying a coffee machine for the office versus the cost benefit of buying in the ready made coffee from the professionals, and how the decision to move to the cloud can be seen as a similar investment, either do-it-yourself, or using the specialists on a pay-as-you-go […]

The Changing Role of the CIO

Once a bastion of technical experts, in recent years the CIO role has evolved into a more business-focused position. According to a survey in CIO Magazine, many now feel that their cloud experience has provided sufficient commercial nous to prepare CIOs for the CEO position. This is yet to be realised, with few CEOs coming […]

To standardise or not to standardise that is the question?

Firms looking to move their infrastructure and processes to the web, are faced by the key questions of how and when should they standardise both their environments and processes. Those working in the industry will cite the mantra ‘never outsource something until it is efficient and well documented’. Does this apply to the cloud as […]

Cleaning Out and Cleaning Up: cloud offers the chance to standardise

We have mentioned in recent posts, that a move to externalise services, whether outsourcing or cloud based, represents a major opportunity to clean up the assets on the IT balance sheet. This is a chance to rigorously go through the data centres and find all those servers running barely used legacy applications, unused environments that […]