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Become a SaaS Entrepreneur When I pioneered my first SaaS venture back in 1994 it was on a DEC VMS mainframe and customers connected via private WAN links, and the whole kit and caboodle cost a few million bucks. Now you have more computing power in your smartphone and you can rent an ...
Recipe for Startup and Enterprise Innovation Our goal here is to define an end-to-end process for digital innovation, a lifecycle that begins with ideas on a napkin right through a deployed Cloud solution to bring it to life, a model that is comprised three main stages: Idea generation...
AI has been a long established research topic for many university Computer Science departments, such as Acadia here in Nova Scotia where I am now, and Edinburgh where I “studied” (cough) the topic almost 100 years ago now. Now it seems this long brewing trend is reaching th...
As the Microsoft Azure CTO explains microservices represents a major inflection point for the IT industry - An Application Revolution Powered by the Cloud. They themselves are pioneering the approach through new products like ‘Cognitive Microservices‘. My personal opinion is that th...
Telcos embarking on a journey to adopt and exploit the NFV trend face a big challenge of existing legacy complexity, and a key message I have been marketing is that there already are best practices that can be reused from the Enterprise sector, especially from leading ‘digital natives'...
AT&T has emerged as a beacon for the Cloud industry to follow, pioneering an open innovation program to accelerate their shift to a Cloud platform for the future of telecoms. As ChasingSpacy writes, Kevin Spacey keynoted at the 2016 AT&T Developer Conference where he set this h...
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been one of the most prominent IT buzz words of 2015. Whether you are talking about thermostats you can set before you get home, beacons wirelessly suggesting items to buy in your high street clothing store or wearable gadgets like the Apple Watch, IoT ...
Cloud Native Toolchains A really great example of ‘Network DevOps’, applying the enterprise DevOps practices to the Telco network environment, is provided by NTT Communications. In their presentation to the TMF 2016 Nice conference which I had the pleasure of introducing an...
Going Cloud Native – Introduction In a VentureBeat article the author describes ‘the future of enterprise tech‘, describing how pioneering organizations like Netflix are entirely embracing a Cloud paradigm for their business, moving away from the traditional approach of owning and oper...
As a flagship brand for Canadian business, the Globe and Mail is the poster child of digital media innovation in Canada, and for the purpose of this site, the CDO role – Chief Digital Officer. The Globe and Mail has been pioneering online technologies for well over a decade, but only r...
The primary purpose of our new Enterprise Cloud ebook is to provide a supporting resource for the ECMM – Enterprise Cloud Maturity Model. As IT World Canada reports about the model, it’s intended for organizations to assess their Cloud readiness, establish a baseline and set a roadmap ...
Janet Kennedy, the President of Microsoft Canada, launched the Canadian-based Azure Cloud service in 2015, answering this call to provide protection from the American Patriot Act in 2010, for those who want to use the Microsoft platform. As they describe in this release they are helpin...
As part of re-launching this CCN site I have opened dialogue with key industry players as to what direction we might take the initiative, and immediately the common point of conversation is how we might build a Canadian Cloud Marketplace. How, and why, we might achieve this highlights ...
As AWS CTO Verner Vogels writes they are now opening their Canadian region, based in Montreal. The AWS Cloud now operates in 40 Availability Zones within 15 geographic regions around the world, with seven more Availability Zones and three more regions coming online in China, France, an...
Here is the first draft of what will be the backbone best practice for the CCN – Canadian Cloud Solution Design (17 page PDF) The guide references best practices from organizations such as AWS, Microsoft, Credit Suisse and British Telecom to define a complete lifecycle framework for pl...
Canada Needs You! I will spare you the detailed analysis you’ve read hundreds of times already – Canada lags their peers for national innovation rates, with under-investment in technology being one of the primary factors, scoring a D grade! So it’s no surprise that IDC also reports tha...
Over the last week or two the world has been presented with the most poignant macro view of the challenges related to what has been the biggest impediment to Cloud adoption: Security and privacy fears. In a nutshell the catalyst for this root fear was the US Patriot Act, the bill that ...
The Milton Keynes MK:Smart project, their Smart City initiative, is a world leading case study that others can learn from. Smart City Platform – Innovation Ecosystem The central design principle for a Smart City is an ‘Ecosystem Architecture’, an e-marketplace approach to IT systems de...
Recently I profiled Milton Keynes as an exemplar Cloud case study for a Smart City blueprint. Another awesome case study that builds upon this scenario to include ‘Smart Grid‘, is an organization called the ‘Agile Fractal Grid‘, a fusion of the Industrial Internet and the electricity p...
Social Operating Systems Another headline Smart City presentation at TMF Live was from Dr Jonathan Reichental, CIO for the City of Palo Alto, entitled: Creating a New Operating System for Cities He also explores the topic in this blog for TMF Inform, and other keynote presentations cap...
Over five years ago New York City pioneered the concept of the Digital City, publishing a tech roadmap laying out their plan for realizing their vision to be the world’s leading ‘platform’ city. Their program blends together foundations of Open Government, Citizen engagement, universal...
When discussing Government IT initiatives, such as the UK G-Cloud program, with public sector decision makers the most common complaint I hear is that it’s “techies talking to techies”, there’s little engagement with senior business executives or key departments like Procurement. This ...
Estonia’s X-Road system is the Identity-centric middleware platform that enables world-leading Digital Government services for the nation, described in detail in this documentation. As this NY Times piece demonstrates Estonia is starting to command a global reputation as a technology p...
These integrated identity systems are the key to better integrated systems overall, making it central to service transformation, as another leading Canadian example highlights, the BCeID program. For example here is how the Vehicle Inspections and Standards department are using it, whe...
In this presentation Gigaspaces provide an excellent introduction to the open standard TOSCA, and the role it plays in enabling Cloud ‘orchestration’. A key first point to highlight is the critical role Cloud orchestration capabilities [...] The post Enterprise Cloud Maturi...
The primary purpose of our new Enterprise Cloud ebook is to provide a supporting resource for the ECMM – Enterprise Cloud Maturity Model. As IT World Canada reports about the model, it’s intended for organizations [...] The post Enterprise Cloud Maturity – How do you ...
The Platform ebook provides ongoing coverage of the ‘Platform Business Model’, including its key design features as well as industry examples of its adoption. This sub-topic will look at how the model can transform public [...] The post Platform Marketplaces – Transfo...
Cloud Solution Design can mostly simply be thought of as a process of “XaaS Mapping”, refering to identifying which particular type of Cloud service might be the best fit for your particular business requirement(s). As [...] The post Cloud Solution Design: XaaS Mapping appe...
Mike described the overlay of Cloud, Mobile, Social and Big Data across the traditional legacy of hardware, software and telco services, constituting the ‘Third Platform' and beginning around 2006. He highlighted the general explosion of the technology innovation ecosystem, everything...
The Platform Business Model is mostly referenced in terms of exciting new peer to peer business models, like Uber Taxis and Airbnb. However a critical aspect of the model and its technical design is that [...] The post BT: Platform Architecture for Enterprise Data Centre Consolidation ...
The white paper from Bain: Distributed Ledgers in Payments: Beyond the Bitcoin Hype, is an excellent primer for the trend. Key quote: Retail banks stand to lose their privileged position with customers and face much [...] The post Bain: Distributed Ledgers in Payments: Beyond the Bitco...
By Katherine Gerweck, writing on behalf of skysync.com Whether it’s big or small, a business needs a safe place to store its files. While in the past this could be accomplished with an on-premise server, [...] The post Enterprise Storage Options: On Premise vs Cloud appeared first on C...
Our new upcoming ebook is the ‘Microservices Cookbook'. This will provide a general introduction to the new software design model known as ‘Microservices,' provide a Platform design for their implementation, and describe a number of ‘recipe' scenarios for how they might be applied. A...
An overall theme of Cloud computing and the specific practices within it is fundamentally one of automation. The core value of technology is to continually automate low level procedures to free up people to work [...] The post Containers as a platform for Autonomic Computing appeared f...
Chief Digital Officer Our upcoming Digital CIO Agenda ebook is intended for senior technology VPs focused on developing disruptive industry strategies, and learning about the [...] The post Platform – Agenda for the Digital CIO appeared first on CBPN.
Cloud Native is the new term that Google, VMware, SAP and many others are using to describe a Netflix-inspired technology evolution to a microservices architecture and [...] The post Going Cloud Native – Harnessing Microservices and DevOps to Transform your Digital Organization a...
EBook This ebook provides an executive introduction into Business Architecture (BA) best practices, and how they can be leveraged quickly to drive Digital Transformation strategies. [...] The post Digital Business Architecture – From Canvas to Blueprint appeared first on CBPN.
The intersection of microservices and identity architecture. The post Microservices and Identity: Stormpath appeared first on CBPN.
Radical Agility One of the primary goals of our upcoming ‘Microservices Cookbook’ is a focus on real world deployment. As a new technology trend microservices [...] The post E-Commerce Microservices – Harnessing Next Generation ERP appeared first on CBPN.
DevOps Integration Hub As Tasktop suggest in their blog one of the key bottlenecks constricting the throughput of DevOps teams is the lack of integration between the [...] The post DevOps Integration Hub: Platform for ‘DevOps Recipes’ appeared first on CBPN.