Ten years ago, legacy management software vendors were busy building Franken-Monitors. Those Franken-Monitors now consist of legacy management offerings that are neither well integrated, nor in any way able to keep up with pace of innovation in the industry. In order to survive your transition to the software-defined data center and the cloud, you will need a management software strategy and a management software architecture that will allow you to keep up with the pace of change without buying or building a Franken-Monitor. Continue reading Beware of the Franken-Monitor
In Agile without Ops Is Not Really Agile, The Virtualization Practice analyst Mike Kavis did an excellent job of pointing out that just making development agile does not make the entire IT organization more responsive to the business—as it ignores all of the things that can and do go wrong in production. Making production support agile requires addressing the processes and tools that are used in Operations. A huge part of agile operations involves monitoring and the processes that use the monitoring tools. Continue reading Monitoring for Agile Operations and DevOps
Microsoft is in the news for finally ending its extended, months-long preview period for HDInsight and rolling out the welcome mat for big data workloads in the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud computing platform. Continue reading Microsoft Ends Preview Period for HDInsight
Transforming Desktops (Desktop Transformation) is more than an operating system upgrade; it requires a new operational process to evolve into a complete desktop service offering. Personal Computer Lifecycle Management (PCLM) is a set of processes that manage end user devices from procurement to sunset. A well-developed methodology will cover all aspects of architecture, procurement, management, and decommissioning of end user devices. PCLM is often associated with a vendor’s solution that targets managing the overall process, but you can develop your own methodology and leverage many of your existing tools. Below, I provide a basic framework on which you can base your PCLM. Continue reading Transforming Desktops: PC Lifecycle Management
In my Enterprise Desktop Strategy paper that was released back in September 2009, I defined what organizations should be considering as they look to incorporate desktop virtualization into their environments. I explored the different components, processes, and tools that brought the concept of the enterprise desktop together. Four years have gone by, and we have been through several “year of VDI” hype cycles. What we have learned is that as much as Desktop Virtualization is an innovative solution, it can also be disruptive if it is not properly integrated as part of the whole desktop service. Continue reading Transforming Desktops, Applications First
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?