We've been researching national IT dynamics for the past few years at the Tau
Institute, covering more than 100 nations. We believe that aggressive
adoption of IT on a national basis is the key to sustained economic and
We also realize that larger forces can derail the most aggressive commitments
and best intentions. The largest force is violence, whether local and
endemic, terroristic, or a function of war. A second major force is
overarching economic strategy, which is not explicitly violent but can
continue to cause great disruption and distress.
Making Your Bed
Thus, we arrive at the Euro crisis, Greece, and the Procrustean Bed. The
fundamental challenge within the Eurozone, known from the start, is that of
yoking several unlike nations into a single economic sled.
The Euro was largely driven by German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who saw a
common c... (more)
Digital Transformation is the ultimate goal of cloud computing and related
initiatives. The phrase is certainly not a precise one, and as subject to
hand-waving and distortion as any high-falutin' terminology in the world of
Yet it is an excellent choice of words to describe what enterprise IT-and by
extension, organizations in general-should be working to achieve.
Digital Transformation means:
handling all the data types being found and created in the organization
understanding that through mobility, data is being generated and analyzed on
the edges of th... (more)
Andi Mann has been serving as Conference Chair of the DevOps Summit since its
inception. He is one of the world's recognized leaders in DevOps, and
continues to be one of its most articulate advocates. Here are some recent
thoughts of his in an interview we conducted in the run-up to the DevOps
Summit to be held June 9-11 at the Javits Center in New York City.
When did you first start thinking about DevOps and its potential impact on
Andi: I first started thinking about DevOps back in 2010, when I was an IT
industry analyst. It was an intriguing concept, but initia... (more)
"Oh, dev is dev and ops is ops, and never the twain shall meet." With
apoloies to Rudyard Kipling and all of his fans, this describes the early
state of the two sides of DevOps.
Yet the DevOps approach is demanded by cloud computing, as the speed,
flexibility, and scalability in today's so-called "Third Platform" must not
be hindered by the traditional limitations of software development and
A recent report by Gartner, for example, says that 25% of Global 2000
companies will be DevOps shops by next year! "As we see more IT shops running
like software companies, we'l... (more)
The PC revolution has redefined the notion of a computer over the past four
decades. Now it might be time to redefine the notion of a collection of
computers, that is, to redefine the notion of a datacenter.
Datacenters are thought of as big places. Some of the more recent plants used
by mega-users like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook have acres of land
under roof, with many tens of thousands of individual systems and power
requirements that would support a small city.
Even your friendly local, on-site enterprise datacenter is likely to be a big
room with a big budget com... (more)