Yeh we know….

IT is a changing landscape, as per everyone’s opening statement regarding thoughts on the Dell EMC acquisition. Sun Microsystems got bought by Oracle, that was no different, Sun was another organisation lost in a sea of changing landscape who had no option but to sell up.

This should, if it hasn’t been, the lightbulb moment when you a big scale level of change in the technology vendor space.

EMC hasn’t been bought for a killer technology, they’ve sold out because any technology and architectural practices that they predominantly sell and rely on for revenue (On Premise) has about Ten years left, we have seen Five years of big scale play and the emergence of cloud computing from the likes of Amazon and Microsoft, open flexible IaaS platforms like Openstack, the emergence of big data analytics at scale that are giving enterprises and governments the version of truth to execute business decisions at speed and granularity, and many many more emergent trends that just all seem to be not the previous fads of yesteryear.

The bottom line is this, EMC have been lucky in my view and have been bailed out before it was a slippery slope backwards, so see the signs if you haven’t already and take note of this, change the cultural mindset on your approach to IT strategy, delivery and technology capability or you might end up being in the same position as they are.

I’m back….again

Well it has certainly been a while but with very little action to now watch in the World Cup I thought it may be a good time to get back in the game and brush off the blog.

I have a lot to catch up on and talk about, I have to probably find a new name for the blog as i’m now so distant from a Virtual Machine its unreal, I’ve got plenty of things I’d like to write but probably can’t as i’ll get a “Googlehit” from some big data crunching thingy that my HR have and I won’t be writing much about technology as it’s all cyclic anyway and the same shit reincarnated, so with all that withstanding I start my return to blogging with some small snippets of wisdom that may help you within your own day to day life;

  • Be the silverback not the chimp, think about the difference between the two when they are in the wild, you are in a habitat its just not as obvious to spot patterns,
  • Get involved or engage in chimp warfare at your peril, chimp warfare is amongst you everywhere you just need to see the wood from the trees to know where it in day to day life, particularly in offices,
  • It’s a marathon not a sprint, no task should be done as quickly as possible unless it involves doing something you hate,
  • Don’t laugh, it could happen to you, be rather horrible and learn from other peoples mistakes,
  • Saying nothing in response to a question doesn’t mean you are not answering the question, if somebody can’t wait 2 seconds for a correct answer don’t bother answering it, they probably wouldn’t accept it anyway

You are probably wondering what any of that means above, if it does then add a comment, I’m interested to know what you think it means.

VMworld 2012 – Cloud ops

After a VMworld I always have a look at some of the announcements to surface after a VMworld, mainly also after the marketing fairy dust has settled. One of the most notable was VMware’s new Cloud Ops announcement. The VMware headline for this was;

VMware Defines New Operating Model for the Cloud Era.

New Cloud Ops education, transformation and advisory services help unleash value of cloud through people, process and measurement.

VMware will also be forming as part of this and to build and contribute, the Cloud Ops forum;

VMware is also introducing the Cloud Ops Forum, a group of consulting and integration partners that will collaborate on further definition of this new operating model.

So simplied this reads that several of the top tier outsourcers and consultancies will be collaborating and working in harmony as a forum to build an operating model that both you and me can use to great effect in order to relinquish business value and innovation (and I assume this means any user of VMware products).

I might be reading into this one too much but this is certainly an interesting strategy, and I’m asking myself what does this mean to the customer? And when I look into what this could/might mean i’m finding this gem an interesting one. I’m finding it interesting firstly as it sounds a bit too good to be true and also classic EMC strategy, and secondly I have asked myself why/how VMware have got the multiple top tier Outsourcer’s to actually collaborate and combine to build an operating model, when they are in effect in marketplace competition?

It’s got a few confusing messages for customers, for me I equate any past experiences  I have had with the Outsourcer in tendering and general consultancy engagements has been that Outsourcer A has always been better than Outsourcer B due to Outsourcer A adding additional “Value” to the customer and delivering the same focal point of that RFP at less cost than Consultancy B, although this is never entirely true that is how the game has mainly worked, so how will a level playing field in Cloud ops forum change this whole process?

Are VMware now saying that Cloud Ops will make Outsourcers equal in the value add they bring to any proposals for usage and implementation of VMware technologies (In which case why bother with the RFP?) or are they introducing this and rallying up key outsources as they sick of endless escalations and complaints from not so happy customers due to botched implementations and capability promises from Outsourcers that couldn’t be met, OR they want to build a new delivery model for delivering services indirectly more?

Time will tell on this but it certainly looks to me that they have a few intentions for this one, we have not seen this type of approach occur within outsourcers in the past, and one last pondering thought is it may be a tactic to take on the latest developments we are seeing in open source alternatives such as Openstack and Cloudstack.