The Microsoft Story for the Cloud

How has the Cloud changed your world? One of the ways we challenge people is to ask, do you want to move to the Cloud, use the Cloud, or be the Cloud? But to answer that well, you need to really be grounded in your vision for the future, and the role you wan to…

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There’s Magic in the Air

This is a follow up to Santa Lands on a Virgin Atlantic Plane with 4D Technology.  It turns out that you can measure the magic in the air. Here is the page that’s tracking the festive magic: There’s Magic in the Air Here is a snapshot of the page:   How are we measuring the…

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Cloud Scenarios at Your Fingertips

If you don’t know the scenarios for the Cloud, it’s hard to make the case for the Cloud.  Whether you’re a Solution Architect, Enterprise Architect, Business Leaders, IT Leaders, CIO, analyst, etc., you need to know the pains, needs, and desired outcomes so that you can rationalize the technology more effectively. What you’ll find below…

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Microsoft Cloud Analysis Tool and Infrastructure Optimization Tool

I had 20 minutes before my meeting so I did a quick step through of the new Microsoft Cloud Analysis Tool and the Infrastructure Optimization Self-Assessment Tool.   The Microsoft Cloud Analysis Tool helps you build a roadmap to the Cloud based on your business needs, constraints, and desired attributes.  It’s a “what if” for the…

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Portfolio Management

How do you manage your portfolio of IT investments?  Do you have a mental model for portfolio management?   Here is an example: While there are a lot of ways to manage a portfolio, I find the frame above to be highly effective.  It’s from the Cranfield School of Management in the UK.   It’s a very…

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Stevey's Google Platforms Rant

I’m a fan of lessons learned.   I especially like Stevey’s Google Platform Rant because it’s raw and it’s real, and it’s an insider’s lessons on what they think Amazon does right, and what Google does wrong, and how to fix it.  It’s a call to action. It did not strike me as a bash post…

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IT Drivers for the Cloud

While putting together lessons learned from our Cloud-related Enterprise Strategy engagements, we consolidated a set of recurring IT drivers. The improvement of IT services and operations can deliver benefits such as improved service levels and cost savings. The Cloud offers numerous routes to IT optimization. 10 IT Drivers for the Cloud Some of the key…

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IT Scenarios for the Cloud

“I think it is one of the foundations of the next generation of computing." — Tim O’Reilly While putting together lessons learned from our Cloud-related Enterprise Strategy engagements, we consolidated a set of recurring IT scenarios and themes.  You may find these useful if you are thinking about cloud opportunities from an IT perspective, and…

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Business Scenarios for the Cloud

While putting together lessons learned from our Enterprise Strategy cloud engagements, we consolidated a set of recurring business scenarios and themes.  You may find these useful if you are thinking about cloud opportunities from a business perspective, and are looking for some common patterns and perspectives. The following business opportunities reflect common motivation for Cloud…

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Create New Revenue Streams from Existing Capabilities

While putting together business scenarios for the cloud, one of the scenarios that came up is “create new revenue streams from existing capabilities.”  The business opportunity, solution, and benefits are summarized as follows: Opportunity Monetize business capabilities as a revenue generator. Leveraging a cloud platform to achieve a business capability can prove profitable through extending…

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