Three Invaluable Lessons from Cloud Expo
Just over a week ago I received a long and loud sustained applause for a
presentation I delivered at this year's Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. I was
extremely pleased with the turnout and had some very good conversations with
many of the attendees. Over the next few days I had many more meaningful
conversations and was not only happy with the results but also learned a few
new things. Here is everything I learned in those three days distilled into
three short points.
When trade shows are not a waste of time
I am not very aggressive by nature but my feeling of being a little pushy is
directly related to the situation I am put into. Although I am all in favor
of having a presence at events, conferences and tradeshows and working like a
magnet to attract the people who are looking for you, I am also avid about
getting out of my co... (more)
Let us face it, there are many technological innovations taking place right
now and we're not short of buzzwords.
Some years ago it was the cloud, last year was Big Data and this year it
seems to be the Internet of Things. Beneath all the noise, what matters is
whether these things are truly game changers or just noise. Let's take a look
at the reality.
Back in the days of our ancestors, the Neanderthals, there was probably a lot
of hype around as well. New spear design, new flint stones (not the
cartoons), or arrowheads must have made waves. This passed down the ages and
Three Things the Consumption Cloud Economy Needs to Succeed
Tech Giant Amazon recently announced that it will pay writers only for the
pages that are actually read rather that for the purchase of an entire book.
This is probably the biggest change that the world of publishing has ever
seen, right after the invention of the printing press maybe, that
fundamentally changes how books are consumed. This exactly is the Consumption
The concept of offering services and solutions in a way where they are
consumed to the best of capabilities, where end users pay only for wha... (more)
What the Shopify IPO Means for Canadian Tech and the Cloud?
The launch of the Shopify IPO on the NYSE is a leap forward and a testimony
tothe high quality of the Canadian technology sector. In its first trading
day, Shopify was oversubscribed by 51%
As a solution-focused company, for us it's a day of pride and tribulations to
see a fellow technology company launching a successful IPO on one of the
world's greatest trading desks, Shopify, that started with humble beginnings,
is one of the latest IPO's to hit the market that is both tech, and Canadian.
As a Canadian company Shopify... (more)
Three Steps to Enable Rock Solid Cloud Security
Cloud security is at the top of every CIO's list. It is also the first
subject that comes up when you engage in a discussion about the cloud. For
those of us who followed the recent Ashley Madison story (from a tech
perspective), you would agree that while the breach happened for so many
reasons, security is at the heart of it. Here are some key aspects for
creating a solid organization, keeping cloud security in perspective.
Don't Blame Vendors
Different industries have different regulations and requirements. For some,
such as cons... (more)