Why the cloud may require you to learn multiple words for snow

Cloud is at the centre of a convergence trend that is impacting people across all of ICT. This convergence is breaking down the walls that separated the traditional silos of IT, networking, storage and security. But with this breaking down of the walls we also need to better understand the subtleties of each others domains in more details. A famous urban legend is that eskimos have many words for snow, as it makes sense to – if you spend your whole day in snow – to distinguish the subtle and not so subtle differences. Similar in IT, where others simply refer to IT as IT, the people living in IT tend to...

By Gregor Petri, 30 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Storage.

Did the US just give a big stimulus towards local European cloud activities?

Unless you have been under a rock for the last week it was impossible not to notice the uproar regarding the Guardian’s story on alleged information collection , allegedly called PRISM that -again allegedly- involved several major cloud service providers. The most detailed and nuanced piece so far – but it is only Sunday when I am writing this – is

By Gregor Petri, 12 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Security, Vendors.

Will CPR significantly increase cloud survival rates?

IT is an acronym crazed world. So crazy that sometimes - when running out of three letter ones - we simply  recycle them or add sequence numbers. Remember MRP, which used to mean Material Requirements Planning, but then became Manufacturing Resource Planning (called MRP II to avoid confusion), to only a couple of years - and a few trillion of investments - later, resurface as ERP. In that era the term BPR also became popular. BPR stood for Business Process Re-engineering (see for example Hammer, M. and Champy, J. A.: (1993) 

By Gregor Petri, 11 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, ERP.

Dear apps industry, why can we all not just get along?

Ecosystem could be "the word" of 2013, if only vendors, providers, ISVs and other technology conglomerates stop acting in a “This Town ain’t big enough for the both of us“ way. As an App user* I am increasingly amazed, affected and annoyed by what in my view can only be described as turf wars between various...

By Gregor Petri, 28 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Industry.

How Amazon benefits from applying lean principles to the cloud

Those of you who followed my blog for a while know that the idea of applying manufacturing best practices to cloud computing is a favorite topic of mine*. This week the topic popped up in a fireside chat (the popular term for keynotes delivered from a set of armchairs, often with no fire in sight) between Amazon’s CTO Werner Vogel and CEO Jeff Bezos at re:Invent, the first Amazon Web Services customer conference.
I won't cover the conference here - many blogs and media sites already did - but in the chat Bezos made a number of...

By Gregor Petri, 03 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Industry, Trends.

Is traditional IT an endangered species?

Not all major changes are visible to the naked eye. Standing next to a glacier it is difficult to determine direction (does it grow or shrink across seasons) and watching continents move takes even some stamina for the casual observer. Luckily this is not the case for cloud computing.

Apart from the very noticeable cloud hype (more on the cycle of that soon) there is also very noticeable growth.   At the end of a deep and wide group effort, Gartner published its "Forecast: Public Cloud Services,...

By Gregor Petri, 12 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Forecasts, Industry.

Are conference calls the new coffeehouses of idea enlightenment?

Edison is believed to have said "genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration", and nine out of ten times "implementation trumps innovation" when it comes to achieving commercial success, but is it just me, or has the well of new ideas around cloud computing run a bit dry recently?Big Data is rapidly gaining ground on cloud computing when it comes to search popularity on gartner.com. And SDN (Software Defined Networking) may be flavour of the month in cloud blogs, but although there is a succinct impact on cloud computing, this is really more a networking idea.Now of course,  cloud...

By Gregor Petri, 28 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Research.

The rise of IT-industrialization

A few days ago I attended the analyst summit of one of Europe’s large service providers and the theme of industrialization rang through very clearly in many of the presentation and interview sessions. Those of you who followed my earlier writings know that applying the lessons of modern manufacturing to today’s IT, is a topic near to my heart. 
Back in 2004, long before joining Gartner, I wrote an article on IT-dustrialization in CFO magazine , followed...

By Gregor Petri, 23 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO, Enterprise, Industry.

Using a cloud service to collect information on European cloud infrastructure services

The public cloud infrastructure as a service market is developing quickly, also in Europe. Over the past months we saw the number of international IaaS providers setting up shop in Europe increase, while also several European based providers launched new or upgraded offerings. To keep a finger on the pulse of developments we, started as part of the European Cloud IaaS coverage at Gartner surveying pan-European providers of Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service . We are now extending the invite to participate in...

By Gregor Petri, 02 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Public, PublicSector.

5 Simple Rules for Creating a Cloud Strategy

Over the last 18 months, the media, technologists, analysts, CIOs and CEOs have all been talking about the cloud. Now, most organizations are embarking on some form of cloud computing, but as always, technology is the relatively easy part. For those of you wanting to keep your feet firmly on the ground, and looking to set your direction and strategy, here are some simple guidelines to help you along the way.

By Gregor Petri, 23 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Compliance, Enterprise, SaaS , Security, Virtualisation.

Of these 10 most hated jobs, how many did you have?

Earlier this week Yahoo Finance ran an article on the 10 most hated jobs (based on a survey asking hundreds of thousands of employees at a major career site). What amazed me most - apart from the large number of IT jobs, including the top one,  making the list – was that I personally was employed in no less than five of these . Now you may think: “What a miserable career that must have been!”, but to be honest, it never felt like that.  Sure I can relate to some of dissatisfiers that people listed, such as a lack of direction from upper management (actually described for one of these jobs - guess which one - as “employers are unable to communicate...

By Gregor Petri, 19 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, PaaS, SaaS .

Is fabric computing the future of cloud?

The term fabric computing is gaining rapid popularity, but currently mostly within the hardware community. In fact, according to a recent report, over 50% of attendees at the recent Datacenter Summit had implemented, or are in the process of implementing, fabric...

By Gregor Petri, 15 March 2011, 0 comments.

An IT Supply-Chain model, once more with feeling

The idea of cloud computing making IT management more similar to supply chain management has been mentioned before; it’s time to take a closer look. This post originally appeared as at ITSMportal.com Let’s start by looking at the supply chain in its simplest imaginable form, even simpler than the supply chain at a manufacturing company. Think of a transport company – like a Federal Express, DHL or TNT – that transports packages from location A to location B. There are processes, people and resources needed to get the package from A to B within the supply chain. The reality today is that many of these distribution companies do not actually come to your door...

By Gregor Petri, 09 March 2011, 0 comments.