Cloud Computing Weekly Podcast

Our guest on the podcast this week is Andy Thurai, Chief Strategist, IBM Watson Cloud Platform - CTO Office, IBM Cloud at IBM.

We discuss dark data and how IBM Watson can understand it for decision-making. Normally when people refer to data they think of structured data in rows of numbers. But in last few years, the data has changed into images, videos, medical scans, sensor scans, audio, telematics. This dark data is unstructured, which makes it difficult to analyze with existing systems. That makes it hard to use it to make decisions. Currently 80% of the world’s data collection is dark data and that’s expected to grow to 90% by 2020. So if you’re running a data insights-based company, you need to analyze this unstructured data. IBM Watson can read the unstructured data, and it can make meaning out of it. Imagine a home security camera that recognizes the UPS uniform and lets you know when your package arrives. This is an example of machines assisting humankind, not competing with it.

Facebook, Uber, and Google are fast-moving companies that are becoming the new definition of “Enterprises”. Traditional enterprises are trying to keep up with their speed. Looking at the innovative businesses, one common thread is that they all have a huge investment in cloud and in AI. It’s not just about machine learning and deep learning. Ultimately if you can have machines understand the user in their native tongue, when they need it most, and understand the urgency, the needs, the emotions at that time it will help you make critical decisions based on human context. That is a powerful differentiation for your business in the marketplace for any enterprise.

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 11:09am EDT

Our guest on the podcast this week is Jeff Thorn, CEO at Thorn Technologies.

We discuss modern-day data analytics for enterprises. We look at new and old AWS products like AWS Glue, AWS Kinesis, and Redshift. AWS Kinesis is something Thorn Technologies leveraged to create a product that allowed them to capture location data to track user behavior data at large trade shows. They could find out where users were spending time in the physical space. At first, it was hard to process the large amount of data coming in with user information and it sometimes took 24 hours to provide insights. When they migrated it to the cloud and used AWS Kinesis streaming data and Redshift data warehouse on the back-end they were able to get near real-time insight into behavior data. Kinesis is Amazon’s real-time streaming data processing service. It is good for when you have a lot of data coming in all at once and want real-time insights.

Where is big data now and where is it heading?

The top data products in the cloud change the way you can solve problems. Today, the top game changers are Hadoop and spin-offs based on the Hadoop infrastructure. Hadoop gives users more power because you do not have to pre-structure your data. It opens the door to new kinds of analytics. In the past, you needed a data warehouse that was designed specifically for the data it held and with new information you had to spend months re-designing it to fit into the existing system. With Hadoop and other distributed analytics platforms you can manipulate your data on the fly and write analytics specific to your data.

In the next five years, big data and analytics will continue to evolve. Right now doing your own analytics and making your own decisions is popular. However, IoT and AI are quickly becoming a reality. In five years it will not be you making decisions, it will be machines making decisions. We will see what machines tell us about our businesses.

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 10:20am EDT

The Doppler podcast went live this week. CTP cloud evangelists, David Linthicum and Mike Kavis discuss what happens when machine learning meets identity and encryption.

We discuss cloud security best practices for 2020, what happens when IAM meet artificial intelligence, and the security patterns and products you need to know now. Our hosts also take Q&A from the audience to answer how compliance fits into security and what the links are between DevOps and your security team.

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 3:54pm EDT

Our guest on the podcast this week is David Egts, Chief Technologist, North America Public Sector at Red Hat.

We discuss how to translate customer pain points into product requirements when the customer is the government. David’s role at Red Hat is to make it easy for the government to use open source technologies. With open source, if you are not actively participating in the community it is hard to have your requirements heard. That is a challenge for governments and the public sector. They often have exotic requirements and require highly regulated environments. But they can benefit from open source technologies, so it is important to bridge the gap. Interestingly, governments have a reputation of being laggards when compared to other industries. But in cybersecurity, the government leads the way. They outpace the commercial cybersecurity industry with their security policies.

We also look at modern cloud careers and how to transition into the industry. It used to be important in IT to have general skills, but today knowledge of specific tools and specific tools are much more important. To survive in the technology industry you have to care about where the puck is going. The price of software used to define what developers would be able to learn. Now, with open source technology, there is no excuse not to learn because of the access. To be attractive to a future employer, it’s not just about consuming open source technologies, it’s also about living the open-source lifestyle and contributing to its communities. In the end, do not wait for your employer to train you in something you want to be doing. Spend years working on it for free so that you can learn and craft the career you want.

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 8:39pm EDT

Our guest on the podcast this week is Jeff Kaplan, Managing Director at THINKstrategies.

We discuss multi-cloud strategies and how this affects company go-to-market and business strategies. That is what THINKstrategies specializes in: the integration of cloud computing with business. We are living in an on-demand world and customers want multiple alternatives at their disposal. Lucky for them, they now have many choices. There is SaaS competition, but even more prominent is the infrastructure competition. Now that companies like Google and Microsoft and even IBM are entering the mix, more competition allows enterprises to have the privilege to select their ideal partner that fits their needs. However, with all this choice comes a need for the enterprises to know what they’re doing and have the skills to orchestrate everything. Companies with more limited skills need to be careful. The customized world can complicate things when enterprises do not have the expertise to build on.

We also look at IoT and how that can be a game-changer in all kinds of industries. At this point, anything can become internet-connected. This also comes with new opportunities to monetize information and engage customers in new ways. That is what the focus of a cloud strategy should always point back to: what does it mean for the customer.

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 8:18am EDT

Our guest on the podcast this week is Randy Bias, VP, Technology and Strategy, Cloud Software at Juniper Networks.

We discuss the state of OpenStack and where it will go in the next few years. Many have become pessimistic over time. 16% of deployments OpenStack deployments are in the telecommunications carrier segment and it will continue to do well in that category. OpenStack is willing to put up with complexity that others are not. However, growth is not where it should be. People don’t want all that complexity and they are walking away from it and gravitating to Kubernetes. Many organizations have parallel strategies now of Kubernetes and OpenStack. With standards, if they don’t catch on in the first few years they often die. There has to be a certain amount of enthusiasm to build a groundswell. With OpenStack, there was a groundswell but they did not have enough authoritative leadership to help make decisions good for the code base and the users.

Next, we talk about the new private cloud product from Microsoft, Azure Stack. Microsoft is one of the few public cloud providers that has started providing a private cloud right out of the gate. As a cloud player, Microsoft has gained a lot of market share in recent years and is on the way up. With this product, they found a need and are filling a niche with this new offering. Now organizations can get Azure on-premise to work with existing Microsoft infrastructures and add Azure public cloud. No one provider has ever offered this end-to-end hybrid cloud. In the end, this may allow Microsoft to make even more gains on Amazon going forward.

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 7:26am EDT

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 12:49am EDT

Our guest on the podcast this week is Jonathon Hensley, CEO at Emerge Interactive.

We discuss how Jonathan built Emerge Interactive from a technology advisory services company in 1998 and evolved it to a full service digital experience company. They are focused on how to make the most use of technology for clients. To this day, they offer advisory services to come in and help enterprises develop a digital roadmap and product plan and determine how they’ll invest in that over the next 5-10 years. They also do a lot of user experience work. They help clients develop a solution and either implement it or hand it off to an internal team to build. Building the company and launching any career in technology takes a lot of hard work and long hours. At the beginning, it takes doing a lot of work for free to break in, from speaking gigs to advising companies. It’s important to always keep up with trends and read the news because awareness is everything. You should be constantly learning. When you are passionate about something like technology, learning is not work and becomes part of everything you do.

How do you keep organizations on track with what they need instead of chasing trends and new buzzwords? We discuss avoiding buzzword bingo so enterprises can focus on what performance you are trying to enable with technology and what outcome enterprises are looking for with each effort. Compatibility and maintainability are also crucial to consider when looking at implementing new technologies in an enterprise. Enterprises need to peel back layers to understand what the life cycle is to this technology and what needs to be done.

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 8:37am EDT

Our guests on the podcast this week are Lynda Stadtmueller, Vice President, Cloud Services at Frost & Sullivan and Kelly Ireland, Founder and CEO at CB Technologies.

We discuss why hybrid cloud and change management are still important for companies in the second decade of modern cloud. With the exception of some startups born in the cloud, many enterprises never accepted the fact that the cloud would replace the data center. Organizations feel this is not an “or” discussion, it’s an “and” discussion. They know things need to be on the public cloud, and they need their own on-premises data center as well. Therefore, enterprises sift through their workloads and data to determine what makes sense to migrate to public cloud and what makes sense to keep on private cloud. CTP has found that 30-40% of workloads are not economically viable to move to the public cloud. Organizations can build net new applications on the cloud, but they shouldn’t move everything. For this reason, hybrid cloud will continue to be a strong focus for enterprises in the future.

How will the cloud change IT within companies? 

Businesses are now technology dependent. Every aspect of how a business operates is becoming technology-based. The technology allows a new way for enterprises to innovate and with that, a need for IT organizations to transform. Separate from the need to understand what the cloud is and how to optimize it, these IT teams must also draw on new skill sets professionally. IT organizations are struggling with how to become a customer service-oriented organization to internal line of business clients. 53% of companies are concerned about the changing roles of IT employees. There is a lot of change management that is required that has nothing to do with the technology, but more to do with how it’s delivered to the business.

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 10:49pm EDT

We discuss trends in so far in 2017 in cloud computing, DevOps, IoT, and Machine Learning. Enterprises constantly hear about the latest trends. Sometimes the industry moves too fast for them to keep up with. They still worry about moving from one system to another and starting basic cloud practices. Cloud is not core to their businesses yet. At some point, these large enterprises need to optimize the changes they have already made instead of always worrying about the next trend. They need to get better at scale to ensure their business will grow.

One interesting trend has been the changing landscape of service-oriented architecture (SOA) and the more modern microservices. Lori wrote a blogpost in 2008 on the exaggerated death of SOA. In revisiting the post recently, she concludes that SOA is alive. The industry now focuses on microservices, which are action-oriented. Actions like logging out, logging in, checking statuses, purchasing, checking carts are now standard. These services link together to make experiences for users. Perhaps a better descriptor of SOA today is event-driven service architecture. Revisiting thought leadership from 2008 has shown how far the industry has come and how far it will go in the next 10 years.

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 10:30am EDT