Case Study: Cloud Computing Competence Development ING’s IT Strategy ING set out a cloud strategy that had the potential for substantial savings in cost while also providing for greater control of IT infrastructure, newer technology, improved stability, and a more agile organization. However, ING understood that the roles of IT professionals change as a result of adopting a different concept for managing IT services (the cloud), and that cloud has an impact on the people who work in the IT organization. In order to prepare ING’s IT organization for the future and to manage this transition successfully, ING realized that
Does Moving to the Cloud work for the US Federal Government? The Federal government’s relationship with cloud computing have always been a topic of interest on this website. Over the last months, I have covered this area in considerable detail. However, but for the slight hint of skepticism, the articles have been largely positive about cloud computing and the Federal government’s efforts to embrace this new technology. However, today, I adopt a slightly critical tone and discuss some issues that have been raised, issues that say cloud computing’s benefits have been largely exaggerated. Most of the Federal government’s enthusiasm about
Cloud Computing and your Car – Part 2 In the first part of this two-part article, I wrote about Toyota’s efforts to bring cloud computing technology to the car, and Salesforce.com CEO Mark Benioff’s ideas on social networking between car owners, company sales force, dealers and customer service (See: Cloud Computing and your Car – Part 1 ). In this second and concluding part of the article, I will discuss Microsoft director of cloud strategy Michael Kogeler’s take on the matter. In an article featured on Forbes, Kogeler envisions the car of the future as being able to “connect to
Cloud Computing and your Car – Part 1 Cars define America. If a non-American were asked to define the nation, skyscrapers, cars and Hollywood would definitely be part of the definition. For long, automobiles have been at the forefront of American innovation, giving rise to the Big Three of American Auto – General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. However, ensconced in their secure market, they failed to realize the challenges posed by foreign automakers until it was too late. Consequently, Toyota unseated GM as the world’s leading automaker. The recession that followed next dragged down sales for all automakers, even Toyota,
Dimension Data Acquires OpSource To Accelerate Global Cloud Strategy Johannesburg, South Africa and Santa Clara, CA – June 30, 2011 – Dimension Data announced today that it has acquired OpSource, an enterprise cloud company, in a deal that will see Dimension Data, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Holdings, accelerate its cloud computing services offerings. At the same time, Dimension Data, a US $4.7 billion ICT services and solutions provider has created a centralised Cloud Solutions Business Unit which will report directly into Dimension Data’s CEO, Brett Dawson. OpSource will become part of the Dimension Data Cloud Solutions Business Unit.
To the Cloud? – Developing a Cloud Migration Strategy Following the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference last year, it became pretty clear that cloud computing had risen to dominance. This was going to be the next big thing, and following Microsoft’s lead, the concept of “cloud” rose to the top of everyone’s mind. So it was no surprise Microsoft soon after launched a huge ad campaign that included national television spots and placements in high profile mags such as Wired. With the prominence of cloud established, the question has now become, when you hear that cute little couple in the airport
Will Vivek Kundra’s Departure Affect Government’s Flight to the Clouds? The online world is abuzz with news of the planned departure of the first Chief Information Officer (CIO) the US has ever had, and some have expressed fears that this may slow down the government’s aggressive adoption of cloud computing that Vivek Kundra had been heading since he took office two years ago. It’s no secret that I, along with most proponents of cloud computing, am an avid supporter of Kundra. Consequently, I have written several articles featuring this young technophile and his efforts to revamp the bloated IT infrastructure
This is the latest in a series of articles that covers the Federal Government’s move towards increasing use of cloud computing. You may want to look at these earlier articles for an understanding of the official stance on this emerging technology and actions taken: 1. Governments and Cloud Computing – Where Do They Stand? 2. Cloud Computing in the US Government 3. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra Plans to Shut Down 100 Data Centers by 2012, 800 by 2015 4. The Architect of the Official Cloud Computing Revolution – CIO Vivek Kundra 5. Knowledge Sharing on Cloud Computing Between Government and