The Stealth Cloud has crashed #cloud #cio

At some point the cloud services will be as reliable at the electricity into our homes and offices. But I remember as a child in the UK in the winter expecting to have power cuts.  We took candles and matches or flashlights to bed. Wood was stockpiled to burn to heat the house.  Now, that is unheard of.  Ironically, as I write this the local electricity company Pacific Gas and electric (PG&E) have cut the power for planned maintenance work from 9:30am to 5:30pm. No electricity means no fridge, cooker, internet, telephone, music.  Luckily my laptop is fully charged and … Continue reading The Stealth Cloud has crashed #cloud #cio

Cloud Computing – a simple video explanation #stealthcloud #cio

It has never been easier to breach your company’s securities policies, circumvent IT, fail your next compliance audit or leak valuable company data….  aka the Stealth Cloud On a more positive note…  it frees up people to work where and when they want to work, unleashes creativity, enables radically more effective ways of working. Difficult decison. Is cloud GOOD or BAD?     As Marvin the paranoid android from Hitchhikers Guide would say – “Hmmm. Tricky” Time for CIOs to embrace the cloud as a core part of IT strategy, yet recent research has found only 5% have a strategy … Continue reading Cloud Computing – a simple video explanation #stealthcloud #cio

Forget Public, Private or G-Cloud. CIOs should worry about Stealth Cloud

The rise of the Stealth Cloud One element of the debate was the rise of business initiated cloud computing, which the CIO may never hear about.  Something I’m calling the Stealth Cloud. Cloud Computing seems to have struck a chord in a way that ASP, OnDemand, SaaS and all the previous incarnations never have. Every analyst is blogging and tweeting about it, there are a slew of conferences, and a surprising number of books have already been published. – including 3 I have written published by Smart-Questions And there is now more than one sort of Cloud. There are Public Clouds … Continue reading Forget Public, Private or G-Cloud. CIOs should worry about Stealth Cloud

The rise of the Stealth Cloud

The rise of the Steath Cloud One element of the debate was the rise of business initiated cloud computing, which the CIO may never hear about.  Something I’m calling the Stealth Cloud Cloud Computing seems to have struck a chord in a way that ASP, OnDemand, SaaS and all the previous incarnations never have. Every analyst is blogging and tweeting about it, there are a slew of conferences, and a surprising number of books have already been published. And there is now more than one sort of Cloud. There are Public Clouds and Private Clouds. I propose “Stealth Cloud” should be … Continue reading The rise of the Stealth Cloud

AR comes before PR – just look in the dictionary #analystrelations @gartner

You’re an innovative and growing software vendor, I get that. You’ve got a fab new product that’s going drive dramatic benefits for enterprise customers, I get that.You’ve even got a blog to push out great customer stories now and then, I get that too. But how do you accelerate growth without piling on expensive sales guys? And how do you make it easier for the large corporates to find you and get comfortable placing big orders with you? ANSWER: You create relationships with the analyst community. And here’s why. Analysts are important Analysts have the ear of people with the purse strings. … Continue reading AR comes before PR – just look in the dictionary #analystrelations @gartner

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Why is the only place AR comes before PR is in the dictionary? #startup #analysts #PR

You’re an innovative and growing software vendor, I get that. You’ve got a fab new product that’s going drive dramatic benefits for enterprise customers, I get that.You’ve even got a blog to push out great customer stories now and then, … Continue reading Why is the only place AR comes before PR is in the dictionary? #startup #analysts #PR

I’ve been promoted to CIO, but I’m not qualified, willing or able. #CIO

I have been promoted to be CIO by default. Why? Because there is no one else to do it, and I am the person with the best skills, but I am nowhere near qualified. It feels like the worst job in the world. The job requires a knowledge of the following hardware and software configuration (PC and Mac), networking and internet connectivity, data storage and file management, website development, domain and email administration, media management (music & video) management of mobile devices (phones and tablets). Plus the users I deal with are very inexperienced, do not follow any IT or … Continue reading I’ve been promoted to CIO, but I’m not qualified, willing or able. #CIO

Understanding Social BPM (or at least setting some context) #socbiz #social #bpm

Often the problem with widespread adoption of anything is ‘what is it called’ and ‘what will it do for me’. Social software in the enterprise and particularly when related to BPM, coined SocialBPM is in this camp. Nimbus does not sell a social software platform, but has implemented a 3rd party application internally and is actively looking at the market requirements for SocialBPM. So this is  my  perspective rather than a thinly veiled sales pitch. So, please read on. SocialBPM was explained by Elise Olding in a recent research paper, which sadly is only available to Gartner clients, called “Social … Continue reading Understanding Social BPM (or at least setting some context) #socbiz #social #bpm

So the cloud changes everything? Doh! But not how you expected it to. #bpm

A recent question How do you think the cloud will change BPM? raised by eBizQ got a flurry of conflicting answers. Part of the problem is back to the definition of BPM (process discovery vs process automation vs operations platform). Some of it is possibly a theoretical perspective on  the cloud – the “It is just technology” view. But at Nimbus we have had a cloud offering for 5 years, so my comments are based on real world experience for over enterprise 100 clients in every industry including Nestlé, SAP, Novartis, BP, BestBuy Europe and Toyota. And what is surprising is … Continue reading So the cloud changes everything? Doh! But not how you expected it to. #bpm

IT’s perfect storm? Cloud, social, mobile. Choppy water ahead

Technology is going through another shift.   We’ve had many shifts in the past, but most have really only affected the geeks in IT. Mainframe – > Client server -> web. But this latest shift is touching everyone. The problem is no-one is really sure what this means. But what is clear is that the web is evolving and quickly. And it is going to have a profound impact on how users use applications and therefore how applications look and feel, hence are delivered and therefore are developed. The thoughts here are limited to users in a business context, although every … Continue reading IT’s perfect storm? Cloud, social, mobile. Choppy water ahead

The Last Supper… UK IT Awards 2010

Last night was gala event for nearly 1,500 guests in black tie in probably the most up-market marquee in the city – Battersea Park Event.  It was the “Oscars for the IT industry” – the 2010 UK IT Industry Awards sponsored by BCS and computing. A staggering number of entries were sifted through by judges to whittle it down to a shortlist of 10 companies in each category. Face to face interviews with each shortlisted company determine the winner and Silver and Bronze medallists which were announced on the night. So why the title ”The Last Supper? The IT industry … Continue reading The Last Supper… UK IT Awards 2010