Presenting Cloud at Harvard

August 5, 2014

In June I got to attend and present at the Harvard University IT Summit.  The one-day summit, which brought together the IT departments from the 12 colleges that make up the University, consisted of talks, panels and breakout sessions.

The day kicked off with a keynote from Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen of The Innovator’s Dilemma and “disruptive innovation” fame.  Christensen talked about disruption in business as well as disruption in Higher Ed and its threat to institutions like Harvard.

After the keynote there was a CIO panel featuring the CIOs of the various colleges where they discussed their strategic plans.   When the panel ended the concurrent sessions began.

My talk (see deck above) was near the end of the day and before the final keynote.  I took the attendees through the forces affecting IT in higher education and the value of a cloud brokerage model.   In the last part of my presentation I went over three case studies that involved Dell and the setting up of OpenStack-based clouds in higher education.

All-in-all a great event and I hope be going back again next year.

The exhibit hall at the Harvard IT summit

The exhibit hall at the Harvard IT summit

Extra-credit reading


Dell Cloud Manager and Customer Transformation– DevOps Days Austin

July 7, 2014

Here is my penultimate post from DevOps Days Austin.  Today’s interview features Vann Orton, a Dell Sales Engineer for Dell Cloud Manager.  I chatted with Vann about the customers hes been visiting out in the field and what he’s seeing.

Some of the ground Vann covers

  • What’s Dell Cloud manager do and what pains does it address for customers
  • How Vann used Chef to connect Dell Cloud Manager and Foglight
  • What customers are facing as they look to implement cloud and how he shares Dell’s learning’s from implementing our own cloud.
  • How the conversation evolves into the higher order concern regarding business transformation and shifting to a services model.

Still to come: last but not least: Cote’s DevOps Days keynote.

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


Consumerization: setting the bar for IT

January 28, 2014

Mark Stouse of BMC has asked various people in the industry to answer seven short questions for his series Marking Predictions for 14.  The questions are around Cloud Computing, Big Data and Consumerization.

To give you a taste of what I was thinking about, here is my response to the second question and why I think Consumerization is a big deal:

Cloud Computing, Big Data or Consumerization: which trend do you feel is having the most impact on IT today and why?

Consumerization, because it sets the bar for how technology should look and be designed.  Workers want technology in the workplace that is as easy to use and intuitive as the consumer applications and tech products they use at home.  Consumerization has set a high bar for IT but one that I believe will ultimately benefit all involved through greater adoption, satisfaction and productivity.

You can see my complete responses on Mark’s blog and learn, among other things, why I think Tony Stark is like big data.

Pau for now…


“New Age of Apps” Think Tank to be streamed Live

January 21, 2014

On Thursday, January 23 Dell services will be hosting a think tank in Silicon Valley at the venture capital firm NEA.  While hosted in the Bay Area, the event will be streamed live for viewing around the world.

The title of the Think Tank is “The new age of apps and delivery gaps” and we have put together a group of 10 panelist that we feel represents a cross-section of technology and IT today:

  • Barry Libenson-SVP and CIO,  Safeway
  • Jay Ferro – CIO, American Cancer Society
  • Ranga Jayaraman- Associate Dean & CIO,  Stanford GSB
  • Luke Kanies – Founder & CEO, Puppet Labs
  • Alex Salazar – Co-Founder & CEO, Stormpath
  • Alex Williams – Blogger & Journalist, TechCrunch
  • Michael Cote – Research Director, Infrastructure Software at 451 Research
  • Sarah Novotny- Tech Evangelist, NGINX
  • Das Kamhout – IT Principal Engineer, Intel
  • Jimmy Pike – Sr. Fellow and Chief Architect, Dell

I will be acting as the moderator of the panel.

Join in

The event will begin at 9AM Pacific Time, and last for three and a half hours. The event will be divided into two main sessions and we’ll discuss such topics as the influence of application developers, the changing role of the CIO and why firms need to build API strategies  (see the session outlines below for more details)  You can follow and contribute questions and comments via Twitter at #TheAppGap.   Hope you can make it!

Session Outlines

Session 1- Welcome to the application-centric world – best practices in the ‘greenfield’    

The rise of cloud applications force companies to reevaluate their business architectures.  Leveraging new platforms, organizations can operate more efficiently, better engage with customers, and introduce innovative products and services faster than ever before.  In this session we’ll discuss and debate how to effectively leverage the best of today’s advanced (digital) technologies and capitalize on the opportunity for a ‘greenfield’ approach.

*Questions

  1. What would you do different to be ready for the digital age?  Entrepreneurs starting a company today, what are the architecture and design choices you’d recommend?
  2. What plans would you put in place to leverage cloud, big data, mobile and social media?  What would your API strategy be?
  3. How would you plan for growth over a 3-5 year horizon?

Session 2: Nexus of forces – CIOs under pressure and the rise of the enterprise developer

While CIOs are under pressure to reduce costs and improve efficiency, enterprise developers have become the new ‘kingmakers’ leading product development and customer applications.  Our experts will share experiences in managing these complex stakeholder relationships, brainstorm the way out from technical debt and examine the possibilities within existing applications.

*Questions:

  1. How do organizations evolve legacy existing environments to take advantage of emerging trends – what are the breakthrough processes and technologies?
  2. What does the CIO needs to do to re-connect with business leaders and organizational strategies? What roles do CIOs, CTOs, business and developers play?
  3. How do established companies take advantage of the changes that are happening today?   i.e. private/public cloud strategies, apps modernization, leveraging new architectures, API strategies.

Pau for now…


Talking SwiftStack with Founder and CEO Joe Arnold

November 11, 2013

At Venture Beat’s CloudBeat I moderated two panels, the first was with PayPal and Puppet Labs and the second was with Disney, CloudStack and SwiftStack.

After the Disney panel I grabbed some time with SwiftStack’s CEO and Founder Joe Arnold.  SwiftStack is based on the OpenStack storage project, Swift, and helps operations teams implement and manage an easy-to-use, multi-tenant and highly scalable private cloud storage platform.

Take a listen to what Joe has to say:

Some of the ground Joe covers

  • [0:20]  What is SwiftStack?
  • [0:56]  Where did Joe get the idea for SwiftStack
  • [2:15]  What additional pieces does Swift Stack add to OpenStack’s Swift project?
  • [3:26]  What is coming down the pipe? (Spoiler alert, it has to do with Erasure coding and Storage policy)

Extra-credit reading

  • Full Support for Global Clusters Now Available in OpenStack Object Storage – Syscon media
  • OpenStack Object Storage (“Swift”) – Wiki

Pau for now…


Talking APIs with ProgrammableWeb Founder: John Musser

September 16, 2013

Last week I was out in San Francisco for VentureBeat’s CloudBeat conference.  One of the panels I sat in on was “API’s the Key that Unlocks the Cloud.”  After it ended I grabbed some time with panelist  John Musser, founder of the web’s API directory ProgrammableWeb.  John shared his views on APIs past, present and future.

Take a listen.

Some of the ground John covers:

  • What is ProgrammableWeb and how did John get into the world of APIs
  • How would John describe the modern API and how is different from integration technology of the past?
  • What makes a good API and how do you make sure it flourishes? (Time to first “Hello world”)
  • Who are doing the best jobs with APIs (spoiler alert: Twilio and Stripe)
  • What does the future of APIs hold?
  • What’s John’s new gig, “API Science” about?

But wait, there’s more…

Stay tuned for the next week or so as I roll out the rest of the interviews I conducted at CloudBeat.  On deck are Linkedin’s use of Dell Boomi and Salesforce, Luke Kanies — Puppet CEO,  Joe Arnold – CEO of SwiftStack and Anand Iyengar – Founder of CloudVelocity.

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


OSCON: The Project Sputnik story & giveaway

July 29, 2013

Last week, Dell was out in force in Portland, Oregon, representing at OSCON.   We had a booth and gave a few talks.

The talk that Cote and I delivered covered the story behind the Project Sputnik: Connecting the client to the cloud  – The Sputnik Story :

Give it away, give it away, give it away now

In addition to talking about Project Sputnik, we gave away three of the XPS 13 developer edition systems.  Here is the crowd waiting for us to draw the winner at the Dell booth:

The Sputnik drawing at the Dell booth.

The Sputnik drawing at the Dell booth.

And here is the lucky winner, Katrina Prosise, a comp sci student in Portland.

Barton George (Dell), the lucky winner, Joseph George (Dell)

L->R: Barton George (Dell), Katrina Prosise (the lucky winner), Joseph George (Dell)

Stay tuned to this blog over the next week or so as I will be sharing a bunch of the video interviews I conducted while at OSCON.

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now..


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