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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]