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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. 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)

Is the Managed Service Provider (MSP) Business Outdated? By @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo #Cloud

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. Every year it costs North American businesses over $26 billion... (more)

To Legacy with Love By @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo #Cloud

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 cl... (more)

IoT and #DigitalTransformation | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #InternetOfThings

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 possi... (more)

The Consumption Cloud Economy by @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo #IoT #Cloud

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 Cloud Economy! 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)