Thursday, 29 November 2012

Collection 2 of great posts

It's time for my second collection of great posts. These four are, according to me, connected to each other in two ways: career and orchestration. I will link each post up, give you a short break out and add a short comment of mine.

First, when reading; think about how you can be a part of future IT, in the cloud, in hybrid solutions. Customers, whether to an IT department an ITO, MSP or appl operator,  need support from someone they can trust, their IT need to be orchestrated not only techy, its needed to be orchestrated on all levels

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Collection of great posts

Some great and even important posts from yesteraday. You should read them to, it might be good for your business or career.

IT sourcing models are shifting: A Deloitte perspective by Karl Flinders (@karlfl). Short break out:
""Are we witnessing the death of the 'mega-deal'? Is it going to get even tougher for the traditional one-stop-shop IT Outsourcing (ITO) houses? Why are so many organisations re-thinking traditional sourcing models all at the same time?

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

A collection of comments

This is a collection of the comments I've posted today on a couple of sites. Most important one is No. 3. It's time we put pressure and demand true professionalism. New business opportunity in No. 2 - go ahead, time for action.

Comment 1: Commented: Employees Engage in Rogue Cloud Use Regardless of Security Policies

My long comment to: CIOs Say Corporate Directors Are Clueless About IT

Read the post CIOs Say Corporate Directors Are Clueless About IT by Kim S. Nash on CIO a couple of days ago. And it made me bit upset.

Short breakout:
Even as companies are relying more on technology to come up with innovative business models and fresh ideas for finding new revenue, many boards of directors don't understand enough about IT to keep up. Few CIOs sit on boards and, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers, just 1 percent of directors have any technology background at all.

David Linthicums 'Cloud computing: The semi-secret economic equalizer'

Interesting read: Cloud computing: The semi-secret economic equalizer by David Linticum on InfoWorld.

Short breakout:
"As the study illustrates, the cost efficiencies of cloud computing are the same in third-world countries as in the developed world, and up-and-coming nations can leverage data, applications, and infrastructure that were once cost prohibitive. In turn, this increases

Commented: Employees Engage in Rogue Cloud Use Regardless of Security Policies

I posted a comment to the post Employees Engage in Rogue Cloud Use Regardless of Security Policies by Thor Olavsrud on CIO.

Short breakout:
"Employees are increasingly turning to the cloud to get their work done, whether IT has a policy about cloud use or not, according to research studies by Symantec and cloud backup provider

Friday, 16 November 2012

'The future role of the CIO: trusted advisor, or...?'

My new post The future role of the CIO: trusted advisor, or...? is out on Outsourcing Magazine.

Short breakout:
"My humble opinions and questions: if you’re the outermost responsible for a department, area or the whole company as part of the management group, whom will you advise? To advise the board is seldom popular. To advise managers within the department/area is teamworking and management. To discuss and advise to this and that within the I-area with the rest of the CxOs is business as usual. A trusted advisor is someone who knows what’s best for you, a company, your business or responsibilities. It’s not a mentor but still a “professional friend”: a “professional friend” who’s not gaining from the advice more than the salary he/she gets to advise. The trusted advisor can be an internal or external person and higher or lower in rank. The relation can be formal or informal. The key is to give advice a client can trust."
Agree or disagree? Care and dare to discuss?

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Anders Trolle-Schultz, SaaS-it Consult, at SAP Super Summit

Today MMind's business partner Anders Trolle-Schultz (@TrolleSchultz), SaaS-it Consult, was one of the speakers on the online event SAP Super Summit.

'Doomed?' on Outsourcemagazine

My latest post 'Doomed?' on Outsource Magazine is out.

"I ask myself, will it be a true shift where traditional IT outsourcing providers* becomes outmaneuvered by smaller service provider, cloud brokers, in-house IT departments and non IT service providers acting as orchestrators of future hybrid IT? A shift caused by:
  • Smaller SPs are able to change when the market does. Faster and shorter step to new decisions. 
  • Smaller SPs are able to operate, manage and orchestrate solutions earlier exclusively reserved the larger ITO providers. 
  • Non-IT service providers from mature branches bring money, resources and trimmed processes in to a sometimes immature IT world. 
  • In-house IT departments are able to orchestrate their IT solutions. They don’t have to focus on fundamental operations provided by IaaS, PaaS and A-/SaaS; they are able to concentrate on core/special services and work more innovative to bring value to core business. To become the internal trusted cloud broker to avoid de-centralised procurement/adoption of products and services. 
  • The act of “Fat and happiness”: instead of working innovative (know, predict and tell what the customer needs in the future) ITOs only focus on now! 
  • ITOs don’t use partnership to build success. They build everything on their own." 
Tell me what you think on Outsourcemagazine, here on the blog or just send me a mail.

ITO's, SP's, non-IT SP's, "end-customers": Of course MMind is able to discuss in detail how your business can deal with this.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

"Cloud Smart Meter" for AWS

My friends at Newvem have released its "Cloud Smart Meter" for AWS.

Short quoute about the app:
"The “Cloud Smart Meter,” for AWS, is a native iPad and iPhone application that enables chief information officers (CIOs) and IT managers to gain clear visibility into their AWS costs, risks, and assets while collaborating with their teams and managing their clouds from anywhere and at any time"
Read more:

Download from app store:

Friday, 2 November 2012

'The DNA of Product Management' by Hunter Walk

Today I read the excellent post The DNA of Product Management on LinkedIn by Hunter Walk, Director Product Management at Google.

I really think this one is important for Product Managers but especially for the Management team and, to bad, even sometimes to board members.

I copy three important paragraphs from Hunter Walk's post:
"2) Seek collaboration, not necessarily consensus