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)
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)
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)
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)