I was talking with Avanade’s Senior Director for Enterprise Security, Ace
Swerling, earlier today. The conversation touched on a wide range of security
and identity management issues that I’ll probably return to, but one of
Ace’s comments brought my attention back to an issue that has been nagging
at me for a while.
As I’m sure we all know, security concerns often figure highly in
discussions about moving Enterprise applications and data to the Cloud.
Indeed, I spoke with other Avanade executives earlier this year to report on
a survey they had commissioned that suggested just how significant these
concerns can be for potential customers.
In today’s conversation, Ace appeared to agree (as do I) with the frequent
assertion that Cloud providers’ own systems will tend to be more secure
than those that the majority of potential customers have in-house today.
These ser... (more)
Most of my recent podcasts (all listed in their various series over in the
sidebar, for those reading along on the site) have definitely been on the
‘Cloud’ side of the Cloud of Data, so it was refreshing to return to the
‘Data’ fold with the latest in my longer-running Semantic Web series.
Yesterday I spoke with Jeff Pollock of Oracle, and we talked about his new
book, The Semantic Web For Dummies, which came out at the end of last week.
Show notes are available on Talis‘ Nodalities blog.
I’ve never personally associated the Dummies series with business issues,
tending to think ... (more)
One of the biggest drains on time, effort and motivation in this business is
the hell of arranging physical and virtual meetings with clients, prospects
and podcast interviewees. Few of those people are in my timezone, we have no
shared Exchange or Lotus Notes to endure rely upon, and I have absolutely no
control over the calendaring solution that they choose to use in managing
their own time. For all I know or care, half of them might still retain
secretaries with quill pens to keep their paper diaries.
Over the years, I have tried a lot of tools wi... (more)
Towards the end of last year, David Linthicum and I joined GigaOM’s Adam
Lesser on a skype chat to take a look back at cloud successes and failures in
2012, and forward to cloud opportunities in 2013.
GigaOM released the conversation as a podcast this morning. Amazon,
Rackspace, Google, OpenStack, DropBox, and more get a look-in during a
wide-ranging conversation about various ways in which the cloud is shifting
consumer, small business, and enterprise attitudes and behaviours.
Have a listen, and let us know if you agree with our analysis and predictions
for the coming year.
Cloud computing is great, right? As a way to get something up and running
quickly, affordably, and with a minimum of fuss, it can rarely be beaten.
But some of the most compelling attributes of the public cloud are best
suited to ephemeral or (relatively!) short-term use cases. You can spin up a
cloud server in minutes. You can scale a cloud-based application to cope with
the peaks and troughs of demand. You can control all of this through a web
console, with no more than a credit card and a laptop. Silicon Valley, SoMa,
Silicon Alley, Silicon Roundabout, Silicon Allee, Silicon Wa... (more)