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As part of my job, I help customers to select the appropriate software to either fulfill a need or as a component of a larger solution.  Fulfilling this role means comparing similar software offerings and selecting the best fit.  The challenge in this goal is to map the vendor offering into a subjective requirement, such as “best fit”. Throughout my career I have acted in the role of consultant, architect and analyst.  In each role, I have had the same challenge of identifying the best in particular product category.  As a consultant/architect, the selection criteria was based on either an enterprise need or a single solution need.  As an analyst, the challenge was a bit more difficult because the criteria was based on being a solution to a problem domain. Ultimately, comparing and scoring different products can take two approaches: qualitative and quantitative.  Bo... (more)

Can Telcos Succeed As #Cloud Providers? By @JPMorgenthal | @CloudExpo

Can Telcos Succeed As Cloud Service Providers? Someone sent me a link to this article this morning. While reading it I started to think about the competitive landscape for cloud service providers and the challenges telcos have competing in this market. After all, when you think cloud service provider, which names come to mind? Amazon? Microsoft? IBM? Google? Sure, but how about CenturyLink? AT&T? Verizon? What are the key differentiators between the first and second groupings? The first group is closely associated with software and innovation, while the second is associated with... (more)

An XML Framework for Registry Development

Over the past few years there has been an emergence of registries due to the lack of organization of the World Wide Web. These registries provide a mechanism to centrally organize information in a way that makes it easier for both people and machines to locate the required sources of information. However, there is also an alarming new trend taking place now, which is the proliferation of registries, each with a different set of data structures, access mechanisms, and expected functionality. At present there are many parallel registry standards, such as UDDI (Universal Description,... (more)

Analysis of U.S. CIO Federal Cloud Computing Strategy

On February 8, 2011, the Office of the U.S. Chief Information Office released its Federal Cloud Computing Strategy.  In no uncertain terms, this strategy is focused primarily on one key factor—deliver more value for the same dollars spent.  Semantically, to me, this is a very different statement than establishing this strategy around lowering IT costs.  That is, according to what I can discern, it is not the intention of this document to promote the use of Cloud Computing to reduce the overall spending on IT (at least not at this time), although, one would hope that would be a po... (more)

Perhaps You Prefer Cloudy Concepts By @JPMorgenthal | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

If Cloud Is Not Your Thing, Perhaps You Prefer Cloudy Concepts As I continue to engage customers around cloud and DevOps, I am amazed at the percentage of customers where there is pushback against cloud computing. Even more interesting are the reasons and roles responsible for denying advancement in the use of cloud in companies. For example, one IT executive is caught between the business, where the board is pushing for use of cloud and the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) that is saying, “you can move processes out to the cloud, but not data.” One thing is clear, ther... (more)