As we enter the final week before the 19th International Cloud Expo |
@ThingsExpo in Santa Clara, CA, it's time for me to reflect on six big topics
that will be important during the show.
This general-purpose term seems to provide a comfort zone for many enterprise
IT managers. It sounds reassuring to be able to work with one of the major
public-cloud providers like AWS or Microsoft Azure while still maintaining an
But this is a complicated topic, not a simple one. The larger issue is to
avoid creating new, discrete silos of information as an enterprise develops
some apps on AWS, a PoC on-premises, and tries to deploy across hybrid and
multiple clouds. I look forward to conversations with Cloud Expo attendees
that touch on the seemingly infinite variety of hybrid cloud approaches and
options available today.
Containers and Microservi... (more)
Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all
sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the
reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey from Gartner shows that 74% of
enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises are
using some form of XaaS – software, platform, and infrastructure as a
Yet enterprises in the U.S. and throughout the world are still lagging in
their use of Information Technology (IT), according to research my team and I
continuously conduct at the Tau Institute for Global ICT... (more)
I'm going to cry tonight, long and hard. I'll do so as I remember and mourn
I knew Jeremy for almost 20 years, from the time he showed up one day at
Cloud Expo's headquarters in Bergen County, New Jersey, and went to work. The
show wasn't called Cloud Expo then, of course - it was still known as Java
Edge, a pioneering event that grabbed developers, architects, and enterprise
IT users alike for twice-yearly confabs.
Jeremy didn't have a job there, or even a job offer. He was simply a fan of
the technology and the show. So when his wife, a Danish diplomat, was
Cloud Expo 2016 New York at the Javits Center New York was characterized by
increased attendance and a new focus on operations. These were both
encouraging signs for all involved in Cloud Computing and all that it
As Conference Chair, I work with the Cloud Expo team to structure three
keynotes, numerous general sessions, and more than 150 breakout sessions
along 10 tracks. Our job is to balance the state of enterprise IT today with
the trends that will be commonplace tomorrow.
Mobile Computing, Big Data and Analytics, the Internet of Things, Platforms
and Microservice... (more)
One question about the Oracle-Sun deal, not scandalous except perhaps in the
eyes of IBM executives, concerns the personal relationship between Larry
Ellison and Scott McNealy.
The deal, to me, shows how little power shareholders (ie, owners) of public
companies really have in the face of personal relationships. I believe IBM
was ready to pay a max of 9.40 per share for Sun, an offer that was
vehemently castigated by Sun Chairman Scott McNealy, according to many
Yet Oracle came swooping in to pay $9.50, after only four days of discussion.
Of course, Sun shareholders are ... (more)