We had family visiting and over the weekend we took them over to the Seattle Center. Our kids wanted to visit the Marvel comics exhibition in the MoPOP museum. After the museum tour we decided to take the kids out to the Playground right next door. What I saw and observed there was an interesting phenomenon at play and made me think about leadership development and skills. Few of the things that were taking place in the play area also apply to leadership principles and development within a team, organization or a company. Read More
In this CIO primer I am going to introduce IoT, starting from the basics, discussing the key questions and considerations for building an IoT strategy, highlighting top IoT cloud providers and then concentrating on the Azure offerings from Microsoft. IoT is one of the core technologies along with Cognitive Computing and Machine Learning which makes the core of many Digital Transformation initiatives going on in many enterprises around the globe. If you are interested in knowing how Cloud Computing and Digital transformation are interconnected then check out my other blog post about how Cloud computing is helping the digital transformation journey of many companies. Read More
Two essential ingredients of any Digital Transformation strategy must be Innovation and Automation. Both of these will help you move closer to the digitization of manual processes and tasks within your company. For majority of the digital transformation initiatives Cloud Computing will play a key role as an enabler and a catalyst. Numerous Cloud services from multiple providers are helping companies to automate business processes and manual tasks along with enabling them to run experiments to try and test new ideas before making decisions to scale these ideas to production systems.
Although there are various qualities a leader should have, the two that I hold very near and dear to my heart are Compassion and Humility. Every time I think of compassion I am reminded of Teddy Roosevelt’s (26th president of the United States of America) quotation about Care: “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. These words have become the guiding light for me by which I conduct myself day in and day out. Compassion and humility are those key pillars of your leadership which will help you build really close and long lasting personal relationships in your professional environment. Compassion is when you show genuine care for others. When you conduct yourself with compassion, you will have people naturally attracted to you and want to work with or for you. Humility on the other hand will help you with people sharing ideas and suggestions openly to improve a product, service, business process or whatever you are working on. This is so because humble people are open to listening and willing to learn from others.
This last summer we wrapped up a very intense and fast paced project I was leading from the beginning of the year. It taught me a few things along with reinforcing some of the project management best practices I have picked up in the last few years in managing other projects. This last one was a global project with teams here in US and the development team in India. What follows are some of the project management essentials I followed and were key to the successful completion of the project.
As you move your systems and resources to the Cloud, your internal IT support model will also evolve. Most of the support work which used to be done by your support personnel such as accessing the infrastructure, servers, and applications in the on-premise data centers will now be performed by The Cloud provider’s support and operational staff in their data centers. This is because as you setup servers, virtual machine and applications to the Cloud on the provider’s infrastructure it becomes their responsibility to manage and maintain these servers and associated resources.
Cloud Computing is an enabler for all things which we knew how to do but we didn’t have the infrastructure or the computing resources to accomplish. With multiple Cloud providers out there including Amazon, Microsoft and Google with their global data centers and massive compute power, it is now possible for companies of all sizes from small to large enterprises to tap into that compute capacity and execute their Cloud strategy to enable their business scenarios. Certain key technologies which have gained prominence and become the industry’s buzz words lately include Cognitive Computing, Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). These core technologies are playing a big part in helping many organizations in their Digital Transformation journey.
Cloud costs and spend is going up for SMB and Enterprise customers across the board as companies initiate experiments in the Cloud to moving from experimentation to setting up and migrating production workloads. Along with this increase in Cloud investment, proportionately the Cloud spend waste is also going up. In this post we are going to outline some common Cloud utilization scenarios which may lead to cloud spend waste. Along with that we will also offer guidance and recommend some tools to optimize Cloud costs.
Alibaba Cloud is an Alibaba Group company, headquartered in Hangzhou China and is the top provider of Cloud computing services in China. Alibaba launched its cloud business back in 2009, just three years after Amazon unveiled AWS. Alibaba Cloud or “AliYun” made an investment of $1B in 2015 to get more focused in competing with the big Cloud providers. The ROI on that investment is showing up now as it is being ranked in the top five or six top global cloud providers list according to two separate industry reports. At home in China, it is the #1 cloud provider with over 40% market share along with Microsoft and AWS are which are in the top five list. Recently Alibaba Cloud made a big splash in the media with their recent cloud offerings to non-Chinese customers in Europe. Read More
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