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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]