Brokering, shield your complexity

In my last podcast I spoke about service integration and management, about how to manage the multiple suppliers that together will provide you with the IT environment and services you present to your users and customers. But there is more to it. The number of suppliers makes the access to the environment increasingly complex. Indeed,... Continue Reading →

Cloud Consumption, the return of the silos.

Most companies today are using public cloud as part of their IT environment. The configure one or many compartments in Azure, AWS, Google and/or Softlayer. Each and everyone of those environments is done separately, often by different teams that are or are not part of the IT organization. The result is multiple environments that each... Continue Reading →

Cloud, a mean, not an end.

Many IT people see the cloud as the ultimate goal. It will solve all the problems IT departments have. I’m also seeing some boards having the same issue and mandating a move to the cloud. But the cloud shouldn’t be the end goal. It adds value in some situations, but should not be the ultimate... Continue Reading →

Cloud Brokering and Provider Management

Lately I started discussing Brokering in a group conversation and took the NIST definition expecting all attendees would immediately relate to what brokering actually meant. Halfway through the conversation however somebody intervened and asked me why I was not just using a web page with links for all the services that needed to be accessed.... Continue Reading →

Why IT Should Become an Internal Service Broker

In the previous blog entry we talked about IT becoming service focused. We also talked about the IT environment becoming more complex as, in an effort to reduce cost, services and applications are hosted in a variety of platforms. These platforms extend from the traditional environment, through private, managed and public cloud to SaaS services.... Continue Reading →

The business aspects of cloud: Conclusion

This entry was originally published on the CloudSource Blog in March 2012. I’ve spent the last several weeks addressing some of the business aspects of cloud and why/how companies move to the cloud. It’s time now to wrap this series up. The cloud discussions have been changing rapidly over the last months, focusing away from... Continue Reading →

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