Alright, I’ll do it. But do me one last favor, will you. Can you give me two hours? That’s all I ask man, just two hours to sleep before tomorrow. I suspect it’s going to be a very difficult day.

If Cloud adoption from a business perspective was easy, this blog wouldn’t exist.  Nor would the thousands of other tireless folks working on helping advance cloud standards from compliance to security to data and resource integrity.  But when these businesses who do bravely go into the new cloud world, if it’s anything less than perfect, they face criticism from the entire IT community.  Is this why we are seeing a resistance to move to cloud for many organizations?  And what does this mean for the future of the cloud industry?
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This is some rescue. You came in here and you didn’t have a plan for getting out?

It’s a funny thing to work in marketing and sit and listen to conversations around cloud and technology.  I feel that we are at the early stages of an “IT Big Bang” whereby there is so much that will happen to transform the way organizations operate, but it’s either too early to really see adoption, or we need a major event to push it along.  It’s even more interesting when a seemingly unrelated incident could be part of that major event.  Folks, grab your tissue, because XP is on it’s way out, and if you ask me, it’s going to be a significant part of the push towards cloud adoption.  Here’s why. Continue reading

More human THAN human is our motto.

When it comes to figuring out how to best leverage third party services from cloud providers, it’s often a bit of an uphill battle.  How do you know what services you really need?  How do you know which providers are reputable?  Most importantly, how do you know these services will actually provide the ROI the provider has promised? Continue reading

Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship

Continuing on my last post, I wanted to take some time to examine the role of Cloud Business Brokers (I was going to jump into Technical Cloud Brokers, but well, call me spontaneous), and how, like other broker models, they can provide valuable service to organizations to are looking to transition to cloud methodology, or who want to augment their existing build.

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You don’t understand. I want to be surprised…astonish me, sport, new info, don’t care where or how you get it, just get it…

This week I am going to be speaking here in Toronto at a health-focused cloud meetup on the topic of cloud brokerage.  As an early advocate for cloud brokerage, I’ve always recommended organizations to look at this type of model as an alternative to purchasing cloud services directly from service providers.  So what is cloud brokerage and why should you revisit this type of service model? Continue reading

Well hello Mister Fancypants!

When it comes to security and cloud, it’s no surprise that it’s a headache.  Traditional security tools focused on network and physical device connections as a way to track the flow of information and see the inner workings of the infrastructure.

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There’ll be a flood or a drought. and everyone will blame me for it.

Thanks to the power of nature, most of the Toronto area got a bit of a taste of what our friends out in Alberta dealt with a few weeks ago.  Not as extreme, but with a blackout that took out a good chunk of power to the suburbs for a few hours, and a downtown core still cleaning up all the water damage, it’s a great time to discuss disaster recovery and telecommuting. Continue reading