Category Archives: Leadership

The NoCloud Organization Part 1: Would You Like Fries With Your Cloud?

When Ray Kroc looked to expand his restaurant business beyond just a few stores and into a larger franchise he would face several challenges in delivering a consistent standardized product on a larger scale.  One challenge was labor — if

Is Your IT Department a Cost Center or a Business Partner?

About 12 years ago I was working as a consultant (Novell, WINNT/2000, Citrix, etc. were big technologies at the time) and I became fascinated with ROI analysis and using it as a way to demonstrate the value behind various initiatives. 

Agility Part One — What Is Agility?

Agility Part One — What Is Agility?

The New York Times had a dilemma.   They had identified a business opportunity, but in order to execute they had to convert 11 million articles to PDF files within 60 days.   How could they obtain the hardware and

Reflection Is a Strategic Imperative

Doing my daily reading and I just came across this post at Harvard Business Review by Umair Haque which I wanted to pass on. Curiosity and reflection are two critical traits that are essential for effective leadership in my opinion.  Too

Oracle 11g RAC now supported on vSphere

I first heard the news on Twitter, and then a few hours later Chad Sakac put up a great post detailing the news.  Chris Wolf at Gartner also has a great post on the news which discusses Oracle licensing in some

Let Your Fast Zebras Run Free (with a Vblock)

Let Your Fast Zebras Run Free (with a Vblock)

What makes an IT department effective and agile?  How can you let the stars on your team succeed while reducing gridlock and OPEX (operational expenses)? Jon Katzenback and Zia Khan have an intriguing post at Harvard Business Review on fast

Van Halen on Cloud Security

Van Halen on Cloud Security

What in the name of rock-and-roll does Van Halen have to do with the cloud? Join us on a magical journey filled with wonderment and perplexity as we seek to understand this parable.

Chasing Clouds in Australia with Rob Livingstone

Rob Livingstone spent the past 10 years as the CIO of Ricoh in Australia, and just left his CIO position to focus on launching a new consultancy focusing primarily on cloud computing.  Rob also has a new blog on CIO

VMworld 2010 Keynote Replay

Below is the 4 minute intro that was played at VMworld 2010 to attempt to define the cloud with a bit of humor. During the live feed I missed the fact that the voice inquiring "What the hell is

What the heck is Twitter (and why would I want it)?

What the heck is Twitter (and why would I want it)?

I’m not interested in what Lady GaGa or Kanye West are doing nor am I interested in hearing about mundane moments of people’s lives such as the texture of their scrambled eggs earlier this morning. There’s also the infamous