A tale of two banks – why IT must create new outcomes

Two BanksRecently I moved house, I needed to change the address on my Bank accounts but as it turns out, this can’t be done over the phone or on-line with either of the Banks that I have accounts with. I ended up having to go into the local branches of both of my banks, I never expected such a difference in service and I now know exactly which one I will make my primary bank for the future, I’ll simply call them Bank A and B to protect their identities…

Bank A, I wandered in and queued with several other miserable looking people, I soon realised that this must be because they’ve been here before.…

But it wasn’t built from the ground up…so what?

Ground upOne of the latest phrases that seems to be in vogue right now in the IT industry is ‘Built from the ground up’, or it’s more derogatory form ‘Not built from the ground up’. We’ve all latched onto this as if it offers some unique and incredible value to a piece of technology, or as a way to try and show how someone elses technology is somehow inferior.…

Commodity, Business Value, New Opportunities – The IT spending conundrum (Part 2 of 2)

StrategyIt’s been a few weeks since part 1 of this post and I’ve had lots of interesting feedback. much of this was surprise that with all the focus on cost reduction, IT spending patterns have changed very little. Here are three strategies that I believe must be embraced for the future, in order to continue to reduce the cost of running IT, whilst increasing the value that it can offer to the business

1) Build highly efficient and adaptable Infrastructures

2) Embrace Service Providers and Hyperscalers

3) Be disruptive with Technology

Build highly efficient and adaptable Infrastructures It’s possible today to build an infrastructure that has the necessary performance, scalability and data management capabilities to support many applications, be those the applications you have now or applications that you may have in the future.…

An interview with Ty, NetApp’s Head of Flash!

InterviewOn one of my many recent trips I managed to catch up with Ty McConney at our HQ in Sunnyvale. Ty is NetApp’s VP for Flash Solutions and is responsible for setting out the Flash agenda for the company.

It’s a longer video than I would normally post, I planned to just ask a few questions and thought I’d get a few short answers, however it turned into a much longer and much more interesting discussion.…

Explosions, Data Centres and why people make decisions

ZimbabweI’m always intrigued as to when something becomes so important that people decide the time is right to do something about it. I almost decided not to post this video as it was from a trip several years ago now and I’ve told the story during a number of presentations, but I think it’s just such a wonderful example of why we should never make assumptions as to why something is important to someone.…

My team want a Data Center, all of their friends have one

Data CenterThere’s a CTO that I meet up with occasionally when I’m in London, we discuss all sorts of different aspects of IT, I think we both really get a lot of of our discussions, I know that I do.

During the last one we were talking about the ‘Evolution of IT’ and more specifically how this is happening within his organisation and he told me about one of their IT groups that serves a growing part of their foreign business and I loved this comment that he made “My team want a Data Center, all of their friends have one”, this IT group have been growing and growing, investing in more and more equipment and have now reached an inflexion point…

Continue to invest in equipment and build a Data Center?…

You’re buying Flash from who?

Flash-from-whoNews Flash: Flash fails! it also fails differently!

I think it’s really important to have this in your mind as you consider your Flash strategy, I’ve spoken and blogged many times now about how it’s becoming very clear that the biggest disruption being caused by Flash is in the Tier 1 space, Tier 1 is dead, dead, dead.