Recently, I attended SOAWorld 2009 in New York City, and I had the pleasure
of listening to many distinguished speakers talk about extremely interesting
topics. One of my favorite talks was given by a fellow IBMer, Kareem Yusuf.
During the course of Kareem's keynote, he discussed SOA, cloud computing, and
areas of innovation in the IT industry.
The areas of innovation were of particular interest to me, and Kareem
highlighted five of them:
1. Automation and Management
2. Elastic Applications
3. Software Delivery
4. Pricing and Licensing
5. Cloud-based services
As I look at each of these areas of innovation, it is pretty clear that each
have a relationship with cloud computing. For instance, automating the
provisioning of IT resources and effectively managing that automation are two
of the key concepts of cloud computing. No more waiting around for an
"administrator" to ... (more)
Over the past two weeks I’ve been talking to IT architects and engineers
from companies of all sizes and across many industries about cloud computing.
It seems that many are moving past the talk and hype of cloud computing and
looking into implementation details. Many of the companies I’ve talked with
are either already leveraging cloud computing (both public and private), or
they are currently researching or prototyping some sort of cloud computing
I wasn’t necessarily surprised by the number of companies already involved
in cloud computing. We’ve all seen the reports ... (more)
In many cases the industry talks about cloud computing being a new and
optimized approach to delivering IT services. From the point of view of
application developers, cloud computing offers dynamic platforms that equip
them with the capability to deliver their application in an on-demand
fashion. Applications running on a cloud platform scale up and down to meet
the needs of its users. So, in the face of this new delivery model for
applications, should application architects and developers expect this to
have an impact on application architecture and design?
There are indeed con... (more)
Yesterday the TM Forum announced the creation of the Enterprise Cloud Buyers
Council. The idea behind this council is to group the world's largest cloud
buyers (Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Deutsche Bank have already joined)
to help vendors and industry groups "understand the needs of the largest
global cloud buyers and ensure any impediments to the uptake of cloud
technology are removed."
As far as vendors and industry groups go, AT&T, BT, CA, Cisco, EMC, HP, IBM,
Microsoft, DMTF, and more have already joined this consumer-driven program.
What kinds of things can we expec... (more)
In many cases, the end of the year gives you time to step back and take stock
of the last 12 months. This is when many of us take a hard look at what
worked and what did not, complete performance reviews, and formulate plans
for the coming year. For me, it is all of those things plus a time when I
usually get to catch up on my sadly neglected reading list. First up on my
reading list this year: Clockspeed : Winning Industry Control in the Age of
Temporary Advantage by Thomas Fine.
I am sure many of you have either read Clockspeed yourself or heard it
mentioned in various circles... (more)