Historically, when we take something complex and make it simple, we open up
all sorts of opportunities for value. Think about the changes that happened
once the Web made it simpler to buy goods and services. Consider how mobile
phones and text messaging have empowered us to communicate faster and more
frequently. And consider what the word processor, e-mail and spreadsheets
have done for individual productivity.
Cloud computing is a lot like each of these three revolutions in that it
greatly reduces the complexity of otherwise technically challenging issues.
In so doing, it empowers a much larger group of individuals to address those
In a cloud environment, time and money will no longer be spent performing
routine administrative tasks, writing complex systems or networking code,
which, though necessary, didn't directly bring value. Instead, that same time ... (more)
I’m a big fan of Dana Gardner (Dana Gardner's BriefingsDirect on Ulitzer),
and he recently took a stab at discussing how organizational roles and their
importance are likely to change with the growing adoption of cloud
computing. Specifically, Dana focuses on the role of the Enterprise
Architect, and he correctly assesses their increased prominence in
While that represents an important incremental change, I see a much more
transformative change on the horizon for organizations embracing cloud
computing technologies. Before I tell you what this more ra... (more)
In the previous two weeks, I wrote about why the cloud is important to you
as a business leader and provided some rationale for economic justification
of cloud adoption.
Over the next three weeks, I will take apart the three key components that
comprise the cloud: infrastructure, platform and software as a service. Each
is delivered as a cloud-based service. With an understanding of these
components, you will be able to keep your eyes and ears open for
opportunities to significantly impact your organization's top and bottom
The main topic of this week and the most fundamen... (more)
Businesses provide many different types of fulfillment. Some fulfill by
keeping shelves properly stocked, and then delivering from that stock. Some
businesses go a step further and manufacture or assemble those products.
Others provide professional services such as engineering, case management,
analysis or legal services.
The fundamental problem of fulfillment can vary in complexity, but the
premise is always the same: The business has to organize and deliver
resources of some kind to their customers. It's the age-old adage of
providing supply to meet demand.
Believe it or not, a... (more)
Most businesses have an accounting system that makes sense for them. However,
an accounting system by itself is far from an efficiently automated billing
process. Because the accounting system usually is a silo that is wholly
separate from other operational activities of the company, keeping its
information current often creates the need for multiple redundant entries of
the same data, inefficiencies and sources of error.
Additionally, because the accounting system was designed to hold accounting
data only, there often is a conflict over the need to hold extra data in one
system ... (more)