Can IT Clean Up its Act?

Working on the proposals for high level IT strategy and cloud propositions, not to mention other more specific IT projects, we are often met with a big problem of what I call “inertia” – namely that IT is never seen to switch anything off.  A proposition to move, say, servers out of a data centre […]

Why Nothing Ever Gets Switched Off

Following on from Katie’s post on Friday, the inertia problem stems from the fact that IT departments simply will not turn anything off, for fear of losing important data. Going into companies as a cloud consultancy, I have seen all sorts of manifestations of this reluctance to let go of old systems. From servers kept […]

More complexity = more inertia

The Cloud Business blog has now come full circle, we are returning to the subject of cloud inertia. As discussed back in September, big businesses and banks are particularly sticky when it comes to rolling out new technologies. Fear of regulatory compliance is often used as an excuse to keep servers up and running (and […]

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 […]