Welcome To Floston Paradise!

It’s funny how sometimes the most random conversations lead to to new ways of approaching things. Case in point, last night while sitting in a coffee shop on a ship floating somewhere in the Caribbean (yes, it’s true) I ended up chatting with a fellow I met who works in finance for a pharmaceutical company in the US. I was a funny conversation because if you work in marketing, finance is one of those departments that while we rely on heavily, cause us a lot of grief. Well, grief might be a harsh word, but let’s say we have a funny relationship. Continue reading

It’s your imagination, kid. Come on. Let’s keep a little optimism here.

It seems like every day half the twitter feeds around cloud are about the great advancements we have seen such as in OpenStack and Big Data, and the new technologies we are seeing to help drive adoption of cloud computing.

Unfortunately, the other half talks to encryption issues, data leaks, vendor uncertainty…doom and gloom.  Most notably, the increased chatter around data privacy (both from an international government perspective, and the traditional risks associated with improper data loss protection controls) continues to impact one of the biggest trends trying to move forward: mobile device management. Continue reading

You see, what we’re actually trying to do here is, we’re trying to get a feel for how people spend their day at work… so, if you would, would you walk us through a typical day, for you?

One of my favorite side projects in the cloud industry is meeting with technical leaders, mostly CIOs, and talking to them about the huge change that is coming with Cloud.

CIOs have already been faced with several major challenges.  We’ve seen huge cuts to IT budgets, the increased pressure to tighten security and compliance, and ofcourse, the rise in social media and mobile devices.  It’s not easy being a CIO these days.  Now cloud has come along and there is increased pressure for them to leverage these new methodologies to make the organizations lean, mean and innovative.  No pressure. Continue reading

The question isn’t “what are we going to do,” the question is “what aren’t we going to do?”

This week at VMworld, there was a lot of different shifts in the cloud industry felt.  From security to functionality, the cloud started to inch a bit forward.  One area in particular got the VMworld bump, mobility.  According to VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, we’ve moved past the mainframe to client-server transition and are now transitioning into a mobile-cloud stage.  Wait, what?  Doesn’t VMware focus on server virtualization solutions?  Why does he care about the transition to mobile clouds? Continue reading

Everything is different, but the same… things are more moderner than before… bigger, and yet smaller… it’s computers… San Dimas High School football rules.

Ah Cloud, the weird and wonderful variation of technology that causes lots of headaches as it travels down the road to mass adoption.

One of the biggest headaches is that unlike our tried and true physical networking devices, virtualized or cloud devices may not work the same way. Sounds like an easy concept, but you’d be amazed at how often this gets overlooked. Continue reading

It’s a big-biggy Ford, a big-biggy! I mean what if it rips us all into tiny little atomic partical things?

With more and more organizations starting to dip their toes into the Cloud pool, there is still a lot of discussion around platform. For organizations who are looking to outsource their cloud environment, it seems like more and more (for now anyway) are favoring the big guys like AWS, Microsoft and VMware.  On the other hand, folks who are looking at building their own clouds, and to some extent those who are looking to leverage a hosted cloud, OpenStack is becoming another interesting platform to look at.  Recently, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger comented that OpenStack isn’t the right choice for enterprises.  So, is he right? Continue reading

You can’t stop the signal, Mal. Everything goes somewhere, and I go everywhere.

When I left the IT security space and moved into the mobility space, I got a lot of strange looks.  Many people wondered why I was moving away from cloud and security and abandoning it for nice, shiny gadgets like tablets and smartphones.  I still get the odd looks from people trying to figure out the correllation, and it’s only after sitting down with them that they realize that cloud has a LOT to do with mobility. In fact, if it wasn’t for mobility, some of the greatest innovations that are coming from cloud methodology wouldn’t exist.  It’s thanks to mobility that the next wave of employee enablement is going to exist.  Here’s why. Continue reading