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 […]

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 […]

A true story of SMEs and IT

I was speaking with a contact of mine who is working with the finance area of a medium-sized services company in London. What he told me provides an enlightening view on the craziness that one can so easily find in smaller enterprises when it comes to managing IT solutions. The company is fairly sizeable with over […]

Is the Cloud Like Coffee?

You might think I am mad, but I see the decision on cloud like the decision on buying a coffee machine for the office. What?!! Am I mad? No. It is a basic management decision, pros versus cons, investment versus benefit, running cost versus opportunity.  Lets use this as a simple example to see how cloud compares […]

What Really Adds Value to Your Business?

Watching the outsourcing decision of some organisations, I wonder if they really understand what really adds value to their business! Stepping back and looking at them from the outside, I doubt they can genuinely justify their choices for the target of their cost saving exercises? Which one of these adds more value to the business; a […]

Cloud Inertia?

Speaking to our contacts and clients, we see many of them either ignoring or turning a blind eye to the obvious benefits of the cloud. We have come to believe that there is an inherent inertia in organisations against the implementation of the cloud. Taking one big company we know, we see them quite happily […]