My original version of this article was published on Forbes, it proved to be very popular so I decided to also post it on my blog. Let me be clear from the start: Cloud computing is no longer an IT priority—it’s a business priority. The potential of cloud computing extends far beyond simple financial savings or ease of provisioning. Instead,[…]Read more
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like in Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’ Symantec asks…just what has IT ever done for us?
When I read about the incredible work that Symantec Granite Labs have achieved, for some reason my head went straight to one of my favourite sketches from the classic ‘Life of Brian’, here’s the link so you can see what I’m talking about. This is my first blog post about a NetApp customer, but when I saw the details on[…]Read more
A tale of two banks – why IT must create new outcomes
Recently 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[…]Read more
Flash to Cloud and back again – (A NetApp Tale)
Disclaimer, this is a NetApp post through and through! now that’s out of the way let me tell you my NetApp Tale. This one clearly came to me whilst watching one of my favourite films, it should be pretty obvious which film that is. I spend much of my time at our EBC in Amsterdam, it’s a great facility designed specifically[…]Read more
But it wasn’t built from the ground up…so what?
One 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[…]Read more
Commodity, Business Value, New Opportunities – The IT spending conundrum (Part 2 of 2)
It’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[…]Read more
Commodity, Business Value, New Opportunities – The IT spending conundrum (Part 1 of 2)
In many organisations most of the IT budget is spent where there is the least opportunity to create business value! Those of you that have heard me talk over the last 6 months or so will know that I have focused a lot on where and how the IT budget is spent. I’m lucky enough to be able to get to speak[…]Read more
Explosions, Data Centres and why people make decisions
I’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[…]Read more
My team want a Data Center, all of their friends have one
There’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[…]Read more
You’re buying Flash from who?
News 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. But there are so many[…]Read more