Hard Choices Are Required When Adopting a Cloud Operating Model
When was the last time you’ve ever heard anyone say “IT Applications &
Operations”? Frankly, in my 30+ year career in IT, I don’t believe I’ve
ever heard anyone use this term. The typical term we hear is IT
Infrastructure & Operations. These two go together like Peanut Butter and
Jelly, which tells us a lot about how we view the field of IT.
For those that may not be familiar with the role of IT Operations, Joe
Hertvik does a great job here of describing IT Operations Management as
someone engaged in the role of providing this service to the business. As you
can see it’s very interesting how he specifically addresses the gap between
responsibilities regarding IT Applications and IT Operations as a Venn
diagram in which there is no overlap.
However, as we progress from a pre-Cloud Operating Model world t... (more)
Microservices (μServices) are a fascinating evolution of the Distributed
Object Computing (DOC) paradigm. Initial design of DOC attempted to solve the
problem of simplifying developing complex distributed applications by
applying object-oriented design principles to disparate components operating
across networked infrastructure. In this model, DOC “hid” the complexity
of making this work from the developer regardless of the deployment
architecture through the use of complex frameworks, such as Common Object
Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) and Distributed Component Object Mod... (more)
Here’s a novel, but controversial statement, “it’s time for the CEO,
COO, CIO to start to take joint responsibility for application platform
decisions.” For too many years now technical meritocracy has led the
decision-making for the business with regard to platform selection. This
includes, but is not limited to, servers, operating systems, virtualization,
cloud and application platforms. In many of these cases the decision has not
worked in favor of the business with regard to agility and costs.
I see it now with clients. Senior technical leadership recommending
approaches tha... (more)
Technology of the Year for 2016 - The Web Platform
We’re starting to see predictions about what’s going to be hot in
enterprise technology in 2017. Cloud (yet again), Blockchain, Big Data /
Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) are all among the top of the list.
However, it was Krish Subrumanian’s humorous tweet that started me thinking
about what will be the single most important contribution from the enterprise
technology community in 2016. While all the aforementioned technologies will
certainly see a lot of interest and growth, they’re all enabled by a Web
A platf... (more)
A Reality Check on 'Everyone's Moving Everything to the Cloud'
A recent CIO editorial by Bernard Golden regarding the future of private
cloud spurred some interesting commentary in my network. The pushback seemed
to focus around the viability of the term “private cloud”. These
individuals are well-respected thought-leaders in cloud with significant
experience guiding senior IT executives transition to modern architectures,
so I decided I’d engage them in a discussion regarding the future of
self-managed infrastructure as a whole.
There’s a class of individuals, myself included, w... (more)