Category Archives: Publications

Summaries of recent articles published online.

In 2019, DevOps is about execution, not cultural assimilation

By | December 31, 2018

2019 marks a decade since the term DevOps first entered the nomenclature and ever since, developers, operations teams and IT executives have struggled to both precisely define it and, more importantly, apply it to their organizations. Like most new ideas, DevOps went through a hype cycle in which evangelists exuberantly touted the concept as the solution to a… Read More »

2018 in review: Building the technological foundation for mainstream AI applications

By | December 30, 2018

2018 was also a milestone year in AI as the technology community writ large developed a more complete, nuanced understanding of its benefits and limitations while innovations laid the foundation for future applications. From part 2 of my Diginomica year in review. Part one of my year-in-review, centered on 2018 developments in enterprise cloud, notably how […]

A Closer Look At Google Cloud: Don’t Dismiss It

By | November 11, 2016

Google Cloud services have evolved significantly over the past year, with an eye toward the enterprise. But there’s still room for improvement in 2017. The popularity of Amazon Web Services’ public cloud makes it easy to overlook other large, competitive infrastructure as a service options, such as Google Cloud Platform. Most people are familiar with Google’s cloud offerings… Read More »

Using Azure For Backup and Disaster Recovery: Built-In Features Make It Easy

By | October 6, 2016

Backup and redundancy continue to be two of the most common usage scenarios for public cloud — and the reason is simple economics. Renting or building space in a secondary facility for backup is expensive, particularly when there’s a thriving, competitive industry devoted to providing rentable IT infrastructure. Due to its integration with Windows Server, and flexible licensing… Read More »

Using Business Process Management Methodology To Deliver IT-as-a-Service

By | October 6, 2016

In many organizations, the IT department was an evolutionary outgrowth of increased dependence on technology. This meant IT itself was often organized around technologies, not business processes or salable products. The resulting IT silos, marred by intra-departmental finger-pointing and information hoarding, create inefficient operations, poor IT service delivery and slow responsiveness to new service requests. Indeed, IT is… Read More »

3D Graphics as a Service: A Look at AWS Lumberyard

By | October 2, 2016

As AWS continues to evolve, it moves from being an infrastructure as a service provider to a platform for application development and runtime infrastructure. While many AWS back-end services are tailored to the enterprise, other services such as Mobile Hub and Device Farm have commercial uses. And Amazon Lumberyard is the newest among those. On the surface, Lumberyard… Read More »

Functions As A Service: Comparing Offerings From AWS and Azure 

By | October 2, 2016

Despite the advantages of cloud services, such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, they still come with overhead. Whether its virtual servers, object storage buckets or SQL databases, you must provision resources before using them. While that seems like an obvious requirement, it does add cost, time and friction to the cloud experience. But what if the… Read More »