Category Archives: Interviews

The Education Revolution: Cloud Technology In The Classroom

The Education Revolution: Cloud Technology In The Classroom

Technology In The Classroom With the back-to-school season now upon us, parents, students and teachers everywhere are once again struggling with the perpetual challenge of making kids job-ready in a high-speed and fast-changing environment. There is little doubt in anyone’s mind that information technology in the classrom plays a central role in all areas of life but sadly, access to this technology and the subsequent reaping of its benefits often stays out of reach, either…

VMWorld: How Openness Becomes The New Normal

VMWorld: How Openness Becomes The New Normal

VMWorld: How Openness Becomes The New Normal Seated high above the sleek yet carnival-like atmosphere of the VMWorld Exhibition Hall, Hubert Yoshida, Chief Technology Officer of Hitachi, watches over his suppliers, his customers and his competitors, all occupying neighboring parts of expansive show floor. Hitachi is one of those names everyone knows. It has been around since 1910 and is widely diversified. Its name conjures up images of very physical objects, excavators, televisions and computer…

Unfolding The Camel: Problem-Solving In A Multi-Cloud Environment

Unfolding The Camel: Problem-Solving In A Multi-Cloud Environment

Unfolding the Camel: Problem-solving in a multi-cloud environment There is an expression that says “a camel is a horse designed by a committee,” which means, of course, that the more people who are involved in a decision-making process, the less the end product resembles its intended objectives. But camels aren’t always designed. Sometimes they simply emerge from their surroundings, growing fatter and more belligerent daily. IT people encounter these camels all the time. Seldom is…

Wake Up! The Speed Of Business Is In Milliseconds!

Wake Up! The Speed Of Business Is In Milliseconds!

Wake up! The Speed of Business is in Milliseconds! Back in the mid 1980’s a ground-breaking television series called Max Headroom heralded the high-speed, media-saturated age in which we now live. In addition to the acerbic title character, the show’s protagonists were journalists, working for a television network whose commercials, called “blipverts,” were merely seconds long. The executives who ran the network sat perpetually around a boardroom table, watching real-time graphics of audience viewership-by-the-second, and…

Your Thousand-Foot View Of The Battlefield

Your Thousand-Foot View Of The Battlefield

Your Thousand-Foot View of the Battlefield For decades, even before the age of the cloud or even of computers, people would look up at the clock and ask, “Where did the day go?” Sooner or later they would have to sit across from their manager and answer the same types of questions: “What are you doing with your time? Where are we making money? Who is costing us money? What is your department actually doing?”…

The Lurking Threat of Bring-Your-Own-Cloud (BYOC)

The Lurking Threat of Bring-Your-Own-Cloud (BYOC)

The Lurking Threat of Bring-Your-Own-Cloud (BYOC) A few generations back, when the Internet was still an unknown commodity and inter-office mail came around in manila envelopes graffitied with the crossed-out signatures of every recipient that envelope had ever met, network security was largely an in-house affair with data tapes and mainframes playing a central role. One of the challenges for the IT wizards of that era was that no matter how sophisticated they made the…

Clearing The Path Towards Collaboration And Communication

Clearing The Path Towards Collaboration And Communication

Clearing The Path Towards Collaboration And Communication In The Multi-Generational Workplace The advances being made on the technology side of business, such as cloud, social media and smartphone apps often have to stop and wait for the human side to catch up. Resistance, fear and inertia are rampant in companies whose managers and senior decision-makers remain distrustful of the openness of new technology. Email, an inelegant devourer of time and context, for example, remains the mainstay…

Enterprise 3.0 From Puppet Labs: The Cloud Hits New Heights

Enterprise 3.0 From Puppet Labs: The Cloud Hits New Heights

Enterprise 3.0 From Puppet Labs: The Cloud Hits New Heights Cloud computing continues to reach greater and greater levels of sophistication and ability, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the remarkably agile world of Puppet Labs. This Portland-based company might not be a familiar name to the average consumer, but it is likely that its reputation looms large with anyone involved in IT, since they make the IT automation software that allows the…

Big Topics Rule Upcoming Cloud Conferences

Big Topics Rule Upcoming Cloud Conferences

Big Topics Rule Upcoming Cloud Conferences On Both Sides Of The Atlantic In California, US and London, in the UK, some of the leading cloud computing summits are happening during this month. Interestingly, both will spawn follow-up conferences in later months of the year. The topics range from mundane cloud themes worthy of tech-class debates such as vendor-end-user relationship, to dynamic big data discussions. As has always been the case with similar conferences, there will…

Cloud Billing – Interview With MetraTech’s Scott Swartz

Cloud Billing – Interview With MetraTech’s Scott Swartz

Cloud Billing – Interview with MetraTech’s Scott Swartz Every SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendor needs a robust billing module which works seamlessly across both single and hybrid Cloud deployments. Even though every Cloud service provider gives billing functionality, the issues arise when you have a hybrid Cloud deployment and you want to stitch together various billing services to provide a unified view of the costs. This is what MetraTech specializes in and offers products and…