Showing posts from June, 2012

When will the CIO's stop offering IT services for free?

I can't understand how IT Data Centers can offer services for free. The company pays rent, the offices are not for free; it pays salaries, the employees are not volunteers; it pays for all compute resources, hardware software, network, it pays for outside cloud providers. How can an IT organization with tens of millions budgets offer the services at no cost internally? And if there is an internal cost, it does not mean the price charges is not marked up.

A cloud is a business model that has disrupted the corporate Data Center Model, but it did not get all the way through. The  Data Center Cloud(s) AND  the Outsourced Cloud elements are both owned by corporate IT and must be managed as a whole in most optimal way. As the cloud offers pay-per-use services, someone must pay for them.

Each time a corporate user buys computer resources  from  a public provider like AWS, Rackspace & similar, he receives a  utility  invoice with all the details.  Monitoring the customer u…

What distinguishes the best product managers from the very good

In a previous blog entry, I said Ian McAllister from Amazon could be the most significant hands-on product management guru whom I came across. Here is another stellar contribution from Ian:

The top 10% of product managers excel at a few of these things. The top 1% excel at most or all of them:
Think big - A 1% PM's thinking won't be constrained by the resources available to them today or today's market environment. They'll describe large disruptive opportunities, and develop concrete plans for how to take advantage of them.Communicate - A 1% PM can make a case that is impossible to refute or ignore. They'll use data appropriately, when available, but they'll also tap into other biases, beliefs, and triggers that can convince the powers that be to part with headcount, money, or other resources and then get out of the way.Simplify - A 1% PM knows how to get 80% of the value out of any feature or project with 20% of the effort. They do so repeatedly, laun…

Hadoop 101 paper by Miha Ahronovitz and Kuldip Pabla

Originally written for Cloud TutorialWelcome to
home | Cloud Types | Related Technologies What is Hadoop? Miha Ahronovitz, Ahrono & Associates
Kuldip Pabla, Ahrono & Associates
Hadoop is a fault-tolerant distributed system for data storage which is highly scalable. The scalability is the result of a Self-Healing High Bandwith Clustered Storage , known by the acronym of HDFS (Hadoop Distributed File System) and a specific fault-tolerant Distributed Processing, known as MapReduce.
Why have Hadoop as integral part of the enterprise IT? It processes and analyzes variety of new and older data to extract meaningful business operations wisdom. Traditionally data moves to the computation node. In Hadoop, data is processed where the data resides . The type of questions one Hadoop helps answer are:

Event analytics — what series of steps lead a purchase or registrationLarge scale web click stream analyticsRevenue assurance and price optimizationsFinancial risk m…

Cloud Slam '12, May 31 2012. A personal view

One of the first nice impressions is to park your car in South San Francisco Convention Center at about 20 yards from the main entrance. Once inside no crowded registration booth, in less than a minute, one has the badge. This is small, but most quality cloud personalities and cloud  people are there.

Cloud Slam is already four years old, but it now started with an actual exhibition booth. There is nothing like  face to face meetings, as our Gigaom gurus observe.

Khazret Sapenov is soul of Cloud Slam. He comes from what I call the  Bohemian cloud movement from Toronto, Canada. This is an analogy to the Paris'  Montparnasse - which became famous at the beginning of the 20th century, referred to as les Années Folles (the Crazy Years), when it was the heart of intellectual and artistic life in Paris.

One of the other group members is  Reuven Cohen who founded Enomaly, now part of Virtustream and  has widely read cloud column in Forbes magazine

 I sat next to Khazret in the presentati…