Marketers – You have too many choices

I have a little secret for everyone in the world of marketing: You have too many choices. There are way too many technology platforms in existence today. Too many ‘tools’ and too many products.  You have too many choices when it comes to getting your work done. Let’s take a quick second to glance at […]

Machine Learning Is Transforming Data Security

Data is the lifeblood of any organization today so it should be easy to understand that security of that data is just as important (if not more important) that the data itself. It seems that data security (or rather the lack thereof) has been in the news regularly over the last few years. The inability […]

Data Maturity before Digital Maturity

I recently wrote about Digital Maturity vs Digital Transformation where I proclaimed that its more important to set your goal for digital maturity rather than just push your organization toward digital transformation initiatives.  In this post, I want to talk about one of the most important aspects of digital maturity: Data Maturity. Before you can […]

Big Data Roadmap – A roadmap for success with big data

I’m regularly asked about how to get started with big data. My response is always the same: I give them my big data roadmap for success.  Most organizations want to jump in a do something ‘cool’ with big data. They want to do a project that brings in new revenue or adds some new / […]

Will marketing continue to grow their share of the technology budget?

If you are involved with marketing and/or technology in any large organization, you most likely are hearing a lot about marketing technology (MarTech) and the ‘explosion’ of MarTech people, technology, projects….and budgets. There are some folks out there who claim that within a few years, marketing will be spending more on IT than the CIO but […]

Complexity – The Killer of Agility?

I’ve said a few times that the data center of today isn’t the data center of yesterday nor is it the data center of tomorrow. In fact, in “The Data Center of Tomorrow” I wrote that the: “data center will be a combination of internal and external systems that combine to create an agile, efficient […]

Does IT Agility Equate to Business Survival?

I’ve been writing about agility within the data center and IT group recently. I truly believe the future of IT (and the business) requires that those of us in IT rethink how and what we deliver to our organizations. While reading a white paper titled “Agile IT Empowers Business Success”, I ran across an intriguing […]

Everything As A Service

It seems like every article you read about technology today includes a service delivered in an ‘-As-A-Service’ approach. We have an abundance of Software-As-A-Service (SaaS), Platform-As-A-Service (PaaS), Communications-As-A-Service (CaaS), Infrastructure-As-A-Service (IaaS) and many other X-aaS systems/platforms. In fact, XaaS is being used to denote the ‘Everything-As-A-Service’ mentality. The ‘Everything-As-A-Service’ approach is one that makes a […]

What is the Cloud…Really?

I read a lot of blogs and articles talking about the cloud. Many of these articles try to go really deep into the technology stack found within the cloud while others try to keep the discussions at a very high level. While reading some of these articles, I realized that there is rarely a basic […]

A Primary Goal of an Agile Data Center – Portability

If you ask one hundred people (or companies) what it means to have an agile data center, you’ll most likely get a large number of diverse answers. While you’ll most likely hear different answers from different people, I think many of those answers would fall into line with what I wrote in “The Right Services […]