Cloud computing can get confusing sometimes. For IT professionals who have
been part of technology for the last few years sometimes new terminology is
just a way to redefine things that were done in the past. "We've done that
since 1995," or "We used to do that in the '80s," is not an uncommon response
that we sometimes hear when we speak about new things.
Cloud computing is one such area that has its roots in the 1970s when the
remote job entry system did somewhat of what today's cloud computing
technology does, but at a very small, miniature scale.
Today I wanted to simplify cloud computing with the example of a legacy
technology that we have come across at some stage or the other. It's an older
legacy technology that actually may have paved the way for the technology
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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
Over the last few weeks I was fortunate to meet a large number of Managed
Service Providers (MSPs) at two separate industry events in Toronto. At both
these events, focused on MSPs, and through all my conversations, one thing
that resonated throughout was the dire state in which Managed Service
Providers are currently conducting business. I am sharing my thoughts to help
make sense of what the industry is going through and how the inability to
adapt can lead to the slow death of an otherwise highly successful industry.
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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.
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Ask anyone who is working with data "What is your biggest challenge?" The
answer most of the time is "the inability to use our data fully." This and
similar statements signify one common thread of pain. With data growing at
44% over the next 10 years, it goes without saying that your business is
going to be inundated with data from all sides. With "making a profit" on the
minds of over 35% of SMB survey respondents, it goes without saying that the
challenge is multi-fold with being able to sustain the business and ensure
profitability being prime.
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