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How the internet is changing our thinking

The internet changes the way we think, Nicholas Carr writes in “The Shallows”. Simple examples can be found in what we decide to lookup instead of memorize, such as phone numbers. At the same time it still makes sense to study and memorize traffic signs and history. But old truths don’t all hold anymore. The […]

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Serverless computing is the final frontier in scalable computing

Warning: this post is forward looking and does not give easy answers. Cloud computing continues to enable innovation in the way we develop and deploy software. Service Oriented Architecture (or SOA) is a software development paradigm for breaking up large systems into more manageable independent components. This probably got off in the nineties. As a […]

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IT Innovation and the bleeding edge

This is the sequel to my introductory post “IT leadership in the 21st century“. IT Innovation and the bleeding edge When IT is being used to drive innovation, it is by definition on the ‘bleeding edge’. This is because proven technology is in wide use, and it will not lead to much competitive advantage. There […]

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IT leadership in the 21st century

The question I am working on is this. How can IT leaders drive the right level of cloud adoption? We know cloud computing can bring risks and benefits. But how can organizations swiftly and securely do the right level of adoption? No place for bean counters When I talk about IT leaders I don’t mean […]

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Risks of virtualization in public and private clouds

Server virtualization is one of the cornerstone technologies of the cloud. The ability to create multiple virtual servers that can run any operating system on a single physical server has a lot of advantages. These advantages can appear in public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) as well as in private clouds. However, it also brings […]

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Basic cloud risk assessment

You should worry about the risks of cloud computing. But don’t get too scared. With a few simple steps you can easily get a basic understanding of your risks in the cloud and even have a good start in managing these risks. If you are a large corporation in a regulated industry, a cloud risk […]

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Encrypting your cloud data for extra protection

Encrypting data is one of the best ways of protecting your data as it moves to the cloud. The only thing better than encrypting your data, is not storing your data at all. Let’s first look at the case of using file sharing applications such as Dropbox. If you are the only user of the […]

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The fun parts of cloud training

The pivotal moment must have been at the end of the first day, as we were sipping a beer on the roadside terrace. But more on that later. Last week I concluded my 35th CCSK training. It was great fun, and more importantly, my participants had great fun too. And we could walk everywhere. An […]

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Look at cloud value first; only then look at risk

The most important challenge businesses encounter when it comes to adopting the cloud isn’t security. Yes, security is important; and it’s certainly true that cloud computing introduces new risks, but almost all risks can be adequately catered for. However, that doesn’t happen all the time, and that’s when expensive errors occur. Recently, I heard from […]

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