The Argument for Public Product Roadmaps


“Can you please share your roadmap?” What are your plans to engineer feature xxx?" Great product, but does your vision match ours?” I've received these questions all the time, from customers, partners, and analysts.

The Virtues of (Personal) Networking


I’ve taken a bit of hiatus from blogging as I’ve settled-into my new gig at WSO2. But I’m back with a career and social observation that applies to everyone.

4 Warning Signs an Integration Wall is Approaching


The Integration and API Management markets are growing, expanding in both popularity and use. Enterprise App integration will surpass $33b by 2020, and other markets like iPaaS and Data Integration are growing at double-digit CAGRs.

The CIO as a Cloud Supply Chain Manager


Transforming IT from engineers and builders. to assemblers and integrators Preface About 5 years ago, I wrote a GigaOm article, The CIO as the IT Supply Chain Manager. The focus was how cloud services would transform how CIOs shifted from Technology Builders to become Service Assemblers.

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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.

Fountainhead: A Tour of Switch's SuperNAP


I have to admit that I was prepared to be underwhelmed when I toured the Switch SuperNap in Las Vegas. After all, how impressive can a co-location facility be? Just slab, cooling, ping, pipe and power. Right? With thanks to

The New Way We'll Start our Digital Day


This post originally published on Citrix Blogs The desktop-centric world is dead. Here’s why — and how — it will be replaced. When industries shift very slowly, sometimes the most significant changes go completely unnoticed.

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Trying to Market a Horizontal Technology? Think Again.


Why marketers fail to focus on industry-specific buyers I was recently speaking with 2 CEOs of leading-edge technology companies about how they go-to-market. One is a brilliant open-source software firm, the other a groundbreaking virtual networking startup.

A Tale of 3 Cloud Strategies - Part III


How the major vendors are vying for hybrid cloud dominance Over the past few years it’s been an exciting show to see the Big 3 cloud providers jockey for strategic dominance, each with a different approach.

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A Tale of Three Cloud Strategies (Upgraded from Two)


Earlier in March I penned a blog titled A Tale of Two Cloud Strategies and observed the two opposing cloud strategies of VMware vs. AWS.

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.

Your Next Computer. in the Cloud ?


For years, the “virtual PC” has been the dream of users and corporations alike. After all, why do millions of us lug around a laptop with our Windows desktop stuck to it?

How Big is the Hosted Desktop (DaaS) Market - Part 2


Originally published on Citrix Blogs As I mentioned in Part 1 of this Blog, “how big is the cloud-hosted desktop market?” is still the top inquiry I get from our Citrix Service Provider ( CSP ) partners looking to enter the market.

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Fountainhead: The End of the Laptop-Centric World?


Is this you: You own multiple laptops or desktop computers because you have different uses, jobs, clients or applications? Doesn't this seem ridiculously inefficient and wasteful - especially because we now in the "cloud era"

Fountainhead: What Is Meant by a "Cloud-Ready" Application?


Is calling an app "cloud-ready" just a form of cloud-washing? C'mon - aren't all apps "ready for the cloud" (and for that matter, ANY cloud)? Doesn't IaaS and its elastic capacity + automation solve for all app scaling and

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.

Managed Services Providers Agree: Build a Vertical Market DaaS Focus


A few weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking with a number of our Citrix Service Providers at Citrix Summit in Orlando.

Fountainhead: What Clouds Will Form Around Data's Gravity?


The concept of Data Gravity posits that as data accumulates (whether it be stored, analyzed, used) it tends to attract even more similar data. And as the data amasses there is less likelihood that it will be moved/migrated

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Fountainhead: Cloud-Hosted Desktops: Real and Growing


Insofar as economic pros/cons are concerned, there appear to be layers of arguments over what approach has a lower total cost of ownership, what performance is best, what infrastructure to use, etc. And I've decided not to

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Fountainhead: Cloud Is Not The End - It's The Means.


Once you get a new tool, you ask: What can I build that I couldn't before? Cloud computing, at its core, is an operational transformation - mostly focused on infrastructure. If you're an enterprise IT shop, you're right to think that

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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.

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Desktops-as-a-Service: The Rising Tide Lifts All Ships


New Entrant VMware Will Raise Awareness If you look at Gartner Research''s 2013 Hype Cycle for IT Infrastructure and Outsourcing Services , you''ll find Hosted Virtual Desktops (HVDs) at the very peak of hype this year, outdistancing all other technologies.

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Fountainhead: My IT is Ready. My People Are Not.


By now you may know that I buy into the enterprise approach where cloud computing and its operational model are enablers for something bigger: The transformation to IT-as-a-Service. That's when internal IT acts, operates

Sea Plane Tour of San Francisco - Add to Your Must Do List


I rarely do this. but follows is a completely unsolicited recommendation of a fantastic idea for San Francisco residents - and tourists - alike. If you've ever driven just north of Sausalito on RT 101, you've probably noticed Sea Plane Adventures , right on the water, near exit 445.

Best Practices for Micro-Services Management, Traceability and Visualization

Speaker: Robert Starmer, Cloud Advisor, Founding Partner at Kumulus Technologies

Moving to micro-services, or even working with distributed applications in a traditional environment, brings with it a host of interactions that are often difficult to understand. This session will provide an overview of service mesh, a review of the Istio service mesh itself, and dive into best practices and integration models for integrating the traceability model into a distributed application.

Fountainhead: It Will Be a Data-Centric (Cloudy) World


Move Mohammed to the mountain, or the mountain to Mohammed? In the context of data, applications and cloud computing, this question takes on a new perspective - and the role of Mohammed and the Mountain may soon

Fountainhead: Apps and Desktops and Clouds - Oh My!


A bunch of people have asked me about my new gig with Citrix. "You're doing VDI and XenApp now? I thought you were a Cloud guy?" " Yes, it's true. and it's due in part to today's announcements by Citrix about Project

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Cultivating a New Tech Category


9 Things every marketer should know before they introduce a new technology At some point in their career, most technologists think they have the “next big thing”, a product or technology that stands out uniquely from anything else on the market. In fact, it’s so great that it deserves to be a new category in-and-of itself.

Transforming CIOs into IT Supply Chain Managers


A version of this post was originally published to Citrix Blogs How Citrix Cloud services are adding to IT’s business value The role of the CIO – indeed for of all of IT – is changing. Jobs that used to be tactical engineering and integration of technology are morphing into strategic positions that instead integrate external services. As I’ve observed in the past, CIOs are transforming IT supply chain managers , and it’s happening in the digital workspace market now more than ever.

The Beginning of the Non-Dedicated Device World?


Originally published on Citrix Blogs. What makes your phone your phone? Or, for that matter, what makes your desktop, your laptop or your tablet yours ? After all, millions of people own identical hardware/software configurations of iPhones, Android-based phones, tablets, laptops and other devices. The answer lies in two defining aspects of each device: The user’s data that is locally-stored, and the user’s personalization information.

How Big is the Hosted Desktop (DaaS) Market - Part 1


Originally published on Citrix Blogs Without question, “How big is the hosted desktop market” is the top inquiry I get from our Citrix Service Provider ( CSP ) partners. Our thousands of global partners are constantly making investments in infrastructure, marketing, business operations and sales. And frequently they are going to their board (and sometimes to external investors) for funding to chase the high-margin, high-value hosted desktop market.

Fountainhead: IT-as-a-Service: Resources and Pointers


IT-as-a-Service. Possibly another buzzword that may reach the peak of hype and then fade away in a millisecond. But even if so, this new concept will persist by some other name. Unlike IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, etc. ITaaS isn't a

Fountainhead: Will The "Stack Wars" Impact the Hybrid Cloud?


It's been a busy few weeks in cloud O/S land, first with the Amazon/Eucalyptus announcement and then with Citrix/CloudStack announcement, then last week's OpenStack show in San Francisco. The market may be starting to

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Fountainhead: Cloud: What's a Service? Who Are SPs?


My perspective of Cloud Computing has been rocked a bit. Simplistically, I assumed I knew what IaaS, PaaS and SaaS meant, and I thought I knew who the logical public providers of these services would be. However, there

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Fountainhead: Enablers for Transformed IT - Placing My Bets


It's an odd time of the year to be making predictions. But recent conversations with start-ups, CEOs, CIOs and others have suggested areas in Enterprise IT that I bet will be "hot" over the near/medium term. Some of the areas