Building a Hybrid Functional Reference Architecture – Part 7 – Service Usage

In the last podcast we described how to provision a service and how the automation enabled the set-up, change and shut-down of a service instance. Let's now look at how the service instance can actually be used by the user and what happens in the background to enable monitoring and metering of the service. There …

Building a Hybrid Functional Reference Architecture – Part 5 – Service Fulfillment Design

In my last podcast, I talked about the Service Capability Design of Requirement to Deploy, let's now focus on the Service Fulfillment Design, in other words the development of the automation required to make the service available to the end-user. Whether the service is developed internally, intermediated or aggregated, it requires some interaction with the …

Building a Hybrid Functional Reference Architecture – part 4 – Service Capability Design

In my previous podcast we described the Strategy to Portfolio aspects of the architecture. Let's continue and address the Requirements to Deploy section. As I pointed out in the overall description of the link between the architecture and IT4IT, we have divided that value stream in two parts. Let's focus on the first part, the …

Building a Hybrid Functional Reference Architecture – Part 3 – S2P

In the first podcast of this series, I described the three layers in the architecture, in the second, the relationship to IT4IT. Now it's time to dig a little deeper in the architecture and describe the actual functionalities at each layer. Let's start with the Strategy to Portfolio functions. The demand layer contains the interaction …

Building a Hybrid Functional Reference Architecture – Part 2 – IT4IT

In my last podcast I started the description of how we built the Hybrid Functional Reference Architecture and I introduced the three layers (Demand, Delivery, Supply). In this podcast I overlay the four IT4IT valuestreams on top of those three layers. Here are the definitions of the four valuestreams as described in version 2.1 of …

DevOps, Swarming and Automation to complement Brokering

In my last podcasts I talked about hybrid IT, brokering and supplier management. But there is more to the new digital world. IT departments need to respond fast to ever changing requirements of the business. The user experience is becoming critical to ensure lasting relationships and successful business. Agile and DevOps tend to make the …

4 key items to keep in mind when identifying the perfect cloud for an app.

I'm better off because I put 50% of my workloads in public cloud. Why 50, why not 75. Such comparisons don't make sense. Defining ratios upfront, just thinking about infrastructure are not helpful and may result in the inability for the company to achieve its digital transformation in the long run. Designing a hybrid cloud …

7 key thoughts for the design of a hybrid IT environment

Companies are increasingly moving to a hybrid IT environment, but this happens often piecemeal. However, to ensure the end-to-end view described in earlier podcasts, taking the time to design the environment properly is critical. 7 key elements need to be taken into account in that process, user experience, security, policies, compliance, management, continuity and integration. …

Hybrid is the Norm

As companies embrace cloud in general and public cloud in particular, they open up their environments. This requires a thoughtful thinking because they are adding new workload locations, but in most situations, without removing the existing ones. Beside the public cloud, SaaS services are increasingly consumed, making the IT landscape the end-user interacts with complex. …