David Linthicum

Cloud AI is like nuclear power

David Linthicum

In a recent speech, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai called for new regulations in the world of AI, with the obvious focus that AI has been commoditized by cloud computing. This is no surprise, now that we’re debating the ethical questions that surround the use of AI technology: most especially, how easily AI can weaponize computing—for businesses as well as bad actors.

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Cloud spending set to outpace traditional on-prem

David Linthicum

According to IDC, in 2019 the public cloud saw little change in market share, making up just more than 30 percent of the overall cloud IT infrastructure market. Of course, this is likely to grow significantly, expected to reach almost 40 percent by 2023. However, it’s a bit of a surprise that IDC is also expecting public and private cloud spending to outperform “traditional IT spending” in 2020. We can define traditional as anything that’s not a private or public cloud.

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How to stop people from causing bad cloud architectures

David Linthicum

I’ve been in some knock-down, drag-out battles over both the configuration and the use of technology. On one side, you have somebody with a very different opinion as to what technology should be used and how. On the other side, you know that you are right.

How to deal with cloud complexity

David Linthicum

Cloud complexity is the number one reason enterprises experience failures with cloud. Cloud-based platforms become complex due to an excess of heterogeneity and fewer common services. The end result is negative cloud computing value.

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Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

Hybrid cloud is not what it used to be

David Linthicum

Back in the good old days when the cloud was cool, but nobody knew what it was, hybrid cloud was a pairing of public and private cloud. Indeed, hybrid cloud was popular because it allowed us to say we were moving to cloud computing while placing the majority of our cloud bets on private cloud.

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What your cloud provider doesn’t want you to know

David Linthicum

Cloud architecture is practiced differently, depending on who you work for or with. Given that the cloud architect gig encompasses planning, design, technology selection, technology integration, and deployment planning, the overall cloud architecture itself is often somehow overlooked.

The moral side of cloud-based data science

David Linthicum

Consider sports betting. Today, many bettors use known and published statistics, mathematical models, and other relatively primitive tools. The idea is to gain a small advantage. Now let’s look at the world of technology.

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Cloud architects need to deal with cloudops

David Linthicum

I’m a cloud computing architect. I get to draw impressive diagrams, meet with cloud providers, pick security approaches and technology, deal with governance, and then turn the whole thing over to other people to actually do the work. Nice work if you can get it.

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Fix your cloud security

David Linthicum

I found some interesting statistics in this RedLock article that illustrate the severity of the cloud security problem: Only 7 percent of businesses have good visibility of all critical data, and 58 percent say they only have slight visibility. ForcePoint ).

More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

For cloud support, enterprises should consider DIY

David Linthicum

I took my relatively new truck to a dealership this week to diagnose, and hopefully fix, a rubbing noise that occurs at random times. After a day at the shop, the truck came back with “no problem found.” And, of course, I heard the noise again on the way home.

Where did all the cloud computing thought leaders go?

David Linthicum

I’m not citing studies that demonstrate a diminished number of thought leaders in the cloud computing space—this is only my impression.

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The cloud is the greener way to go

David Linthicum

I live in Northern Virginia, near Ashburn. If you’ve ever driven down the Greenway, the toll road through Ashburn, you’ll get an idea of the number of data centers in town—hundreds, with more being built each year. Is this the fault of cloud computing?

Don’t wait up for the open cloud

David Linthicum

The “open cloud” is often tossed out as the savior for cloud computing in general. Of course, there is nothing to save. Public cloud usage is exploding by any measure. However, we are challenged by proprietary, or less open, public clouds that lead to lock-in.

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Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

Learn to love legacy systems

David Linthicum

I’ve been corrected more than once. I’ve used the term “legacy system” in meetings and been quickly taken to the woodshed by the language police for saying something that was a clear pejorative. Even here I’ve started saying “traditional system” instead.

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More reasons to put secure data in the public cloud

David Linthicum

The worldwide market for cloud intrusion protection software is projected to grow by $1.8 billion and have a compounded growth of 24.8 percent.

3 reasons to put ERP in the cloud

David Linthicum

ERP systems are the last strongholds of processes and data that enterprise IT refuses to move to the cloud. ERP holds most of the relevant business data, and without that data the business would not exist. Thus, many companies are delaying migrating ERP to the cloud or refusing altogether.

The human side of cloud migration

David Linthicum

The organization must change around the use of cloud computing. This is a fact that most won’t dispute. How it changes, and what changes, is where the conflict begins. Keep in mind that we’re not simply replacing on-premises servers with virtual ones in the cloud.

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An Adult Conversation About Estimates

Speaker: Beekey Cheung, Software Consultant, Professor Beekums, LLC

Estimates are a contentious topic in software development. Most of our development teams hate providing estimates and many managers are starting to view them as unnecessary. As senior software leaders, how can we determine whether estimates are helpful or harmful to our teams? We are excited to be joined by Beekey Cheung, a software consultant and blogger known as Professor Beekums, who has helped many leaders and teams go from fearing estimates to using them appropriately. He'll walk us through the value of estimates, how to overcome the hesitancy many have in giving them, and how to provide better estimates.

Your cloud-based application could be a profitable product

David Linthicum

In the world of application development, there is enterprise grade and product grade. If you’ve never heard those terms before, you’re not alone.

2 things you probably forgot in cloudops planning

David Linthicum

The focus of cloud operations, or cloudops, should be to create processes, approaches, and tool stacks that will allow you to run cloud-based systems long term, with no outages and a high degree of business satisfaction. Your ability to serve the business should be your number one objective.

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Active vs. passive cloud management tools

David Linthicum

Today there are two major categories of cloud performance tools in the market: active and passive. Passive cloud management tools. Most cloud computing management tools are passive. Passive tools provide you with information about issues within the cluster of cloud systems, and will perhaps even recommend a course of action, but they do not actually take corrective action. Also on InfoWorld: VMware Cloud on AWS? These customers are all in ].

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Top 3 cloud migration mistakes: summer 2019 version

David Linthicum

If you’re in the process of migrating workloads to the cloud, chances are this is not your first rodeo. Most of those doing cloud migrations are on their second or third project. Just when you would think we’re becoming more experienced, we’re also seeing an increase in migration failures.

The Six Principles of Persuasion

Speaker: Michael Carducci, CTO, Mago:Tech

As senior tech leaders, we often fall prey to thinking that a “good idea” and logical case is sufficient to get the desired response and result. We might be trying to get our CEO on-board with investment in a new technology or a rearchitecture effort, or we might want culture or process changes by our team. Our “good idea” is simply the beginning. An idea must be communicated; a case must be made; and ultimately other people must be persuaded to get onboard. Michael Carducci brings a fascinating background to this webinar. He’s a technologist and regularly works to help senior leaders improve their results. He’s also a professional mentalist and has been a student of psychology, human behavior and the principles of influence for nearly two decades.

Why SaaS-based AI training will be a game changer

David Linthicum

If you deal with machine learning-based systems, you know all about training data. Data must be formatted correctly and be accurate before it’s loaded into an AI model for the purpose of training the model. Say you’re creating a fraud detection engine using a popular machine learning system in a public cloud. First you create the data set used to train the model: in this case, millions of transactional records with the fraudulent transactions labeled.

3 steps to solving disaster recovery in the cloud

David Linthicum

Many believe that DR (disaster recovery) is built into the cloud. It’s not. Although many cloud providers do a fair job of making sure you can recover your data, you could be missing out on the capabilities that truly define a DR system.

More security partitions is always a good idea

David Linthicum

I’m often taken aback by the lack of granularity when it comes to security identity management.

Machine learning operations don’t belong with cloudops

David Linthicum

It’s Monday morning, and after a long weekend of system trouble the cloud operations team is discussing what happened. It seems that several systems that were associated with a very advanced, new inventory management system enabled with machine learning had issues over the weekend.

Schema Evolution Patterns

Speaker: Alex Rasmussen, CEO, Bits on Disk

If you want to make your development team squirm, ask them about database schema changes or API versioning. Most development teams struggle with changing database schemas and updating API versions without breaking existing code. Alex Rasmussen is an expert in helping teams through these struggles. His talk will examine database schema changes and API versioning as two instances of schema evolution: how your systems respond when the structure of your structured data changes.

When serverless is a bad idea

David Linthicum

Simply put, serverless systems remove you from having to deal with infrastructure issues, such as storage and compute server provisioning or operations. Indeed, many refer to serverless as “no-ops,” but it’s really “reduced-ops,” or as my friend Mike Kavis likes to say, “some-ops.”

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Your 3-minute guide to serverless success

David Linthicum

The serverless architecture market was estimated at $4.25 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach $14.93 billion by 2023, according to analyst firm Markets and Markets. What has propelled the use of serverless?

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Looking into an intelligent cloud future

David Linthicum

Do you know what IT will be doing 10 years from now? I can anticipate a few patterns that will remain, but for the most part, we tend to have short attention spans when it comes to technology. Ten years from now I suspect we’ll be focused on a whole new set of technologies and hyped trends, but it’s clear that we’ll do so in the context of the cloud-enabled enterprise.

Cloud computing is the unheralded hero at CES 2020

David Linthicum

I’m speaking at CES 2020 this year. This is the first non-cloud-focused event I’ve attended in years, and I’m looking forward to learning about new things. What strikes me though is that this is actually a cloud event in disguise. Although cloud is certainly a topic at CES , I’m not sure that those who are attending and exhibiting understand how foundational public cloud computing is to the success of almost all consumer-focused electronic devices.

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Team Leadership in the Age of Agile

Speaker: Roy Osherove, Technology and Leadership Consultant

Why is implementing new frameworks, from SCRUM to self-organized teams, so much harder than understanding them? Roy Osherove has the solution. Tune in and learn to recognize what state your team is in, to support them accordingly, and to help them adopt the best practices given where they are today.