Star Wars or Star Trek? Team Jacob or Team Edward? Pepsi or Coke? Apple or Android? These are arguably some of the great debates of all time. Generally, people are firmly entrenched in one camp or the other and there is no middle ground - it's an either-or proposition. Debates over far more (and less) important matters have raged for years. Fortunately, when it comes to cloud computing, while there is still some differences of opinion, most agree that it is not a zero-sum game. A comprehensive cloud strategy includes a mix of public, private and hybrid cloud, delivered on-prem or off-prem as requirements dictate.
In his recent article for SIGNAL magazine, "Army Accentuates Cloud Computing" George Seffers calls out the "Do IT Yourself"(DIY) culture that has permeated the Army for generations, and what that means for technology. Depending on your past experiences, you are either thinking "DIY - that's awesome!" or "DIY - that's trouble!" Fortunately for the Army, DIY here means "awesome" but with a bit of a twist.
In the June 2018 issue of Signal magazine, AFCEA's International Journal, author Kimberly Underwood spotlights how the Navy is turning to cloud computing as a means of reducing costs while advancing their capabilities in her article, "The Navy Looks to the Promise of the Cloud". But there are many paths to the cloud, and the Navy is leveraging the most economical of them.
The tech industry is dynamic-you innovate or get left behind, evolve or become obsolete. We've seen tech leaders establish the bar only to watch as other disruptive players raise it. So how can you possibly get your arms around that moving target, stay relevant and thrive?
It’s been a busy month since my last blog post, after presenting at COLLABORATE18 in Las Vegas and then at the British Columbia Oracle User Group (BCOUG) first-ever Tech Day in Vancouver. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my current topics – Database In-Memory enhancements, database options for the Oracle Public Cloud, and the latest database release’s capabilities for accessing data directly from JSON, HDFS, and HIVE formats – resonated with the Oracle DBAs and application developers that attended my sessions.
In my last blog post, I mentioned that I’ve had a lot of chances to chat with IT organizations – everyone from C-suite executives to Oracle DBAs and developers – about how they plan to migrate their existing Oracle Databases and corresponding computing infrastructures to the Cloud.
Over the past year, I’ve been assuming the mantle of “Subject Matter Expert” for all things Oracle on behalf of my colleagues at ViON Corporation. During this time, I’ve had numerous opportunities to talk at length with C-level executives, as well as the “boots on the ground” folks, including Oracle DBAs and application developers, about the promise of transforming their IT organizations by migrating at least some of their Oracle Databases and corresponding computing infrastructure to the Cloud. As expected, there is still a lot of confusion around the advantages and drawbacks of a Cloud migration strategy.
I'm a fan of Proper Cloth, the online apparel store, where I can customize a "near bespoke" shirt, for not much more than the cost of a quality off-the-rack shirt. I simply enter my measurements in their online form, select the style, fabric quality, color, trim, buttons, pockets etc. that I want and within a week or two, my new, one-of-a-kind shirt shows up at my doorstep.
At ViON, we have the privilege of working with many government agencies and veterans who have served or continue to serve our nation in government and commercial IT organizations. I come from a military family and I too served in the military, so it comes as no surprise to me that many veterans who once protected our nation are often found working toward similar missions in a civilian capacity.
The ISG Index™ report for the second quarter of 2017 revealed, “as-a-service now makes up 41 percent of the global commercial sourcing market – and growing.” It's expected that in short order the global as-a-Service spend will heavily compete with traditional sourcing and actually eclipse it. Spending in the U.S. over the last year is already evenly divided between traditional sources and cloud-based platform services, including Infrastructure as-a-Service and Software as-a-Service. In other words, the momentum has already shifted.