The “old” IT — notoriously self-marginalizing function that delivered one-size-fits-all infrastructures, blew up the IT budget, and delivered “IT speak” instead of business relevant solutions — has ceased to exist. CIOs have either outsourced it, recreated it from its ashes, or are combining both approaches to establish a new and more business-relevant IT.
The open cloud manifesto is published on the web (www.opencloudmanifesto.org) since late Sunday and is announced by various press releases from the contributing vendors today. Strongly supported by IBM, a major group of thirty six companies signed already this document. Although Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com are missing, the manifesto might mean a milestone in market adoption and vendor strategy of cloud computing along these three major strategy tasks.
Task 1: Spreading Excitement and Gaining Trust - Done
Everybody was excited about the new technical possibilities. The vendor’s communication was about gaining trust and convincing potential customers of a real value for serious business.
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I have to report for jury duty on April 1. I have several reminders set so I don’t mistakenly think I played an April fool’s joke on myself. This upcoming instance of civic duty reminds me of the incredible trial I was on a few years ago where I wound up being elected jury foreman. Subsequent EA workshops I have conducted exhibited a remarkably similar phenomenon to my contentious jury experience from that trial. Let me explain…
It was an amazing trial – not one of those incredibly tedious cases where some jerk is suing another jerk and you couldn’t possibly care who’s right. In this case, a drug dealer had shot a cop in the face. They caught the defendant hiding nearby, wearing the same glaringly obtrusive camo outfit that witnesses to the shooting claimed the shooter wore. Some of these local residents had seen him up close and talked to him just before the incident trying to get him to move off.
Business-IT alignment efforts are a mainstay in most CIO’s agendas. And enterprise architects’ business architecture initiatives take that a step further, aspiring to find a nirvana where creating, vetting, and maintaining business architectures that map to well thought-out business strategies are regularly occurring activities (see the Forrester report, "Business Architecture's Time Has Come"). Then aligning application, information, and technical architectures completes the loop, and there’s plenty of information to feed into innovation incubators, too. The IT organization and the architecture become aligned and the IT strategic plan practically writes itself
I can't resist commenting on another piece of news related to maps ...
Google launched it's StreetView tool for London today. I remember when this happened in Tokyo. Perhaps Google's following me...
So what's new?
I noticed that Google has already blurred the faces of the people that are in view on this tool. The fact that Google showed people's faces when StreetView launched in Japan sparked a backlash and demands for greater respect for the privacy of individuals.
Last week I received a briefing from the mobile technology vendor Service2Media. They were pretty excited to tell me about the mobile solutions they're creating for CNN, De Telegraaf and other media companies. They've also been working on travel solutions and launched a new service with the Dutch National railways today -- Reisplanner Xtra:
If you've lived in Japan and used Navitime, this kind of location aware, intelligent travel solution will be pretty familiar. However, it seems that ReisPlanner Xtra is the first mobile widget able to display context-aware travel information in Europe. Pretty soon, I predict that European consumers will start to expect this kind of intelligent, context-aware support on the device in their pockets from their banks, travel companies, news sources, social networks etc.
I want a version of this application for the UK - but it will need to incorporate some extra information to be useful:
(1) How to get the cheapest ticket - notoriously complicated here
November, December, March – every time I go to Stockholm, it snows. I need to try July. In town last week for EPiServer’s customer day, and judging by the number and the energy of the participants, you could be forgiven for thinking that "Episerver" is Swedish for "Web content management." With 2500 customers, 8000 supported projects, 300 partners, and a developer community of over 6000, EPiServer rules the Swedish WCM roost, is a major player in Norway and elsewhere in the Nordics, and has successfully established a presence in what the Swedes call "southern Europe" – especially the U.K. The company says 60% of revenue now comes from outside of Sweden. A U.S. office is planned for Q2.
In the current economic climate it’s not a surprise that many of the conversations I have with clients tend to revolve around IT budgets, the cost of IT, and what if anything can be done about it.
Unfortunately, for many IT organizations, cost is the only metric they have that their customers understand. And so it is the one that gets most of the attention. These conversations with clients usually take one of two directions. The first one focuses on how IT can cut costs quickly and effectively without “throwing the baby out with the bath water” so to speak. This is the realist’s approach. The second one is a plea for help in justifying the existing or planned budget to business executives. This is the idealist’s approach. More often than not the end result is the same - IT budgets are cut without regard to impact on the business and everyone suffers.