Those of us who work on complex computer systems know that it can be a daunting task to get all the different systems to communicate and work properly. The bigger the infrastructure gets, the more complex it becomes. Now, take the most complex system that you have designed or worked with and increase the complexity a hundredfold, and that might give you an idea of the complexity involved with the design and deployment of the Affordable Care Act web portal. Continue reading Learning from What Went Wrong: The Affordable Care Act Web Portal
On October 17, the Wall Street Journal reported that IBM revenues have now declined for six straight quarters. IBM has told financial analysts that the company is capable of generating revenue growth in the low to mid single digits, but the fact is that IBM has not achieved that kind of growth since 2011. According to the report, IBM’s hardware revenue has fallen by 17%, with the hardware unit losing $167M, and the growth in the software business has gone from 4% to -1% (in other words, the software business has shrunk). Continue reading Are Market Dynamics Going to Kill IBM?
VMware’s Management Strategy continues to evolve, both on its own and as a part of the vCloud Suite. At VMworld in Barcelona, VMware made an important series of announcements that both clarified strategy and demonstrated significant progress in some important areas. Continue reading VMworld 2013 Update: VMware’s Management Strategy
When we look at the Secure Hybrid Cloud, we notice a few things immediately, such as the need to look at how the data is moving, where the users are going, and the fact that they may never touch the data center component of the cloud at all. Our worldview has to change to be more user-, app-, and data-centric. Hybrid cloud security fails if we continue to consider our data center protections enough, as the bastions have moved and we may not know how that happened. Continue reading Hybrid Cloud Security Is Bastionless (or “Who Moved My Moat!”)
Several years ago I was working at a company that had a ton of legacy silo applications that collectively represented the entire process flow that supported the core business. The process flow was made up of years and years of legacy technologies and legacy business processes. Continue reading Lessons Learned from Transforming a Company
Since the turn of the century, virtualization and cloud computing have become two of the most important areas of technological advance. Now that the technology has matured, as well as become mainstream, have you ever stopped to ponder the question of which part of the business market appears to benefit the most from the cloud? Continue reading What Parts of the Market Appear to Benefit the Most from the Cloud?