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‘Cloud Is’ – Part Seven – Economics

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Engineers provide profound insights. About the world, work, and even the Cloud. I suspect the reason is that engineers, at least the ones I’ve met, think about things in terms of systems. Performant systems, emerging systems, and failed systems. “Everyone in the Cloud is failing. Not everyone knows it. Whether you’re a fresh startup or Read more...
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‘Cloud Is’ – Part Six – Consumption Debt

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“Full stop!” A respected leader of the team, in the middle of our presentation, shuts us down. A big customer. Someone who knows what they’re talking about. I get a little defensive and ask, “what’s the problem?” He points at the screen and declares, “that’s why we failed.” I turn my head to see for Read more...

‘Cloud Is’ – Part Five – Policy Debt

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Pipes are creaking, the roof is leaking, there’s lead in the paint and asbestos in the walls. Do you build the dream house, rent that modern condo, or do you pick out a manufactured home online? Either way, once you move into your new home, all your problems are solved, or are they? Even after Read more...

‘Cloud Is’ – Part Four – Technical Debt

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It is the best and worst part of a meeting. After everything from sports analogies, pain and gain, speeds and feeds, and time on the whiteboard, the CIO might turn to you at minute 42 of a 60-minute presentation and ask, “what do you think we should do?”   White knuckle moment? Victory lap? Time Read more...

‘Cloud Is’ – Part Three – Control

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Gimme, gimme never gets… except if you’re a developer. Being a CIO is tough. It’s a high-pressure job with a complex problem set and typically short tenures. Perhaps unfairly, CIO’s are second to last in job duration among the C-Suite, according to the Korn Ferry Institute.  There are many reasons that average enterprise CIO doesn’t Read more...

‘Cloud Is’ – Part Two – Trust

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Everyone in operations has received the call. An app owner phones the ops team and says the same thing, again. “My app seems slow, prove to me it’s not your fault.” Responding to what feels like a simple question, from the app owner perspective, is a massive distraction and morale killer in every IT organization. Read more...

‘Cloud Is’ – Part One – an Operating Model

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Happens every time. There’s a planning session with twelve people in the room. We’re all there to discuss the new cloud strategy. It’s time to make some decisions about future directions and next steps for the IT organization, and the business. Suddenly, the meeting grinds to halt. Is cloud a tactic or a strategy, an Read more...