Decoding Cloud Migration: “Lift-and-shift”

This blog entry was originally posted on March 18th, 2015 In many migration to cloud conversations, the term “lift-and-shift” appears. But what does this term actually mean and what is the user expecting? Ultimately what the user wants, to my understanding, is to migrate an application or applications from the existing environment to a new …

A Modern CIO, a Techie at Heart with a Business Mind?

As the world increasingly becomes IT literate and as digital technologies percolate in everything we do, the role of the CIO and the responsibility for the IT department needs to change drastically or it will implode. You’re probably asking yourself why I would predict that, and what CIOs should do to have a bright future. Let me answer both questions.

Is Cloud the Response to Integrated R&D?

This post was originally posted on the CloudSource blog on February 8th, 2015 In many industries, Research & Development is the function that ensures the long term viability of the organization- through a continuous delivery of new products and services. In electronic consumer goods enterprises where average product lifecycle is counted in months, being able …

Stop looking at your SLAs, think business.

“My SLAs are green, so as far as I’m concerned, everything is OK.” How often have we heard that phrase while struggling to take orders[JE1] ? [JE2] IT has for a long time been a rather mysterious appendix to the business, not always realizing it was the business who, in the end, allowed IT to play its role. There have always been people in IT that understood the importance of supporting the business in any circumstances. But were they the majority? Definitely not.