When I meet with my financial planner, he poses me questions about my risk tolerance, short-term and long-term goals, planned expenses, etc. He does not address specific areas of investments like stocks, bonds, annuities,etc. I like that. It is easy for me to speak in terms I can relate to while he executes the physical actions that have the potential to realize my short-term and long-term financial goals. Or as Dana Gardner says in this Briefings Direct podcast (listen or read the podcast) -- just like customers prefer to interface with cloud service providers through SLAs and KPIs and the language of business risk rather than an engineer's checklist.
Gardner's comment is just one of many insightful observations made in this podcast where he interviews HP's Christian Verstraete, Chief Technologist for Cloud Strategy at HP and Paul Muller, Chief Software Evangelist at HP.
Here are some excerpts along with my own viewpoint in italics on each one.
To start with, Verstraete differentiates between hybrid delivery and hybrid computing:
- It is vital that enterprises have a Transformation GPS that would serve as the guiding force to converge their solutions into a healthy mix of cloud computing environments.
Muller highlights the concerns enterprises have about security and service levels when working with the cloud service providers:
"The World created about 1.8 zettabytes of data in 2011" - says Verstraete:
Verstraete says that we have been working for the last 30 years with structured data having no clue about unstructured data:
- Reminds me of the keynote address by Autonomy US VP, Stouffer Egan where he turned the tables on computers to think like humans.
Gardner quips that "we should say information instead of data:"
- Or, we should "informationalize it?"
Verstraete asserts that the end-user really does not need to know if a given business function runs in a public or private cloud:
- This is all the more true given that some service providers are going 100% cloud.
Gardner brings up the concept of composite hybrids leading Verstraete to comment on using your own private information sources but combining them with the public information sources:
- The same discussion I had with Andy McCaskey on sdrnews.com on Bringing it all together at HP Discover.
Muller contrasts statement of sentiment with statement of fact in thecontext of social media:
- That is a powerful intriguing concept -- statement of sentiment.
Gardner says SOA came first followed by the cloud:
- I whole heartedly agree. Check out my posts in the HP Blogs, ZDNet Blog and The Open Group. Perhaps, this is the secret behind the rapid growth of SOA?
Verstrate shares what he did and did not hear from customers:
- Customers need a trusted advisor like my financial planner who can understand their needs expressed in their language.
This whole podcast took me back to the one that resulted when an Raf Los, Charlie Bess and I met at the HP Master the Cloud conference early 2012 to discuss the drivers behind cloud computing adoption.
Check out the podcast on Briefings Direct and let me know what you think – Where Cloud Computing Ultimately Takes Us: Hybrid Services Delivery of Essential Information Across ....