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Rich Bruklis

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Hmmm, I don't know how much of these numbers in front of me I'm allowed to share. A lot of it is IBM-confidential. But I'll try to walk the thin line. It's public knowledge that IBM is a player in the cloud computing space. It's also public knowledge that IBM is not a huge player. And it's an easy guess that IBM wishes it had a bigger slice of the pie. Given all that, you could infer -- correctly -- that IBM is cooking up some ideas that it expects to vault it over the competition. And for any more about that, you'll have to wait for the announcement. Still ... I can tell you to expect a cascade of new offerings through 2010 and 2011. Early days will focus on middleware, open source, support, security & compliance, storage and server virtualization. There's more, of course, but those are the first-quarter highlights. I can also tell you that IBM expects to be able to comp... (more)

Experts on cost/benefit analysis: "Huh?"

I'm looking at a recently published deck from an organization called CIO Executive Board. (Despite its high-falutin' name, it's really just another consultancy.) I thought the study's title, "Rethinking IT Funding Models" would be of interest to readers of this blog. But on the slide headlined, "Decision rules for enhancing cost/benefit transparency," they lost me. The whole presentation became, to me, an excuse to rail against all the fuzzy thinking that sidetracks any quantitative approach to understanding IT as a business. Basically, CIO Executive Board suggests you ask four q... (more)

Where Do You Start with Business Continuity?

We have all been in those meetings where we have had to explain to executives - ‘what happened?' Inevitably, the consensus of the post-disaster meeting is that ‘we need to do a better job protecting the business' and ‘draft proposals in a week'.  As you walk away, you play through your mind the various options you could investigate, vendors you could call, or web sites you could surf. You soon realize that you can propose anything but the reality is -what will the executives sign off on, what will they question, do they understand how vulnerable the business is, and will this be ... (more)

Was Trump University the Catalyst for Cloud Computing?

In 2005, I was working at Hewlett Packard in the storage group. We were three years past the Compaq-HP merger in Houston. My product line consisted of an entry-level SAN storage product and some accompanying data protection software. One of the many product management duties was customer interface. I always enjoyed trade shows, telephone calls and face-to-face customer briefings. Customer briefings at HP were mostly great. The briefing center is a beautiful facility on the HP campus. Because customers (up to a dozen in a group) would travel to our Houston site, the briefing tea... (more)

Cloud Opportunity Missed?

I am guessing that Vivek Kundra, the US Government's new CIO and a strong advocate of Cloud Computing, is sending Barak Obama and Ray LaHood, the US Transportation Secretary, an email saying "I told ya so". Why? The "Cash for Clunkers" auto stimulus program's web site clunked due to the popularity of the program. First of all, what is Cash for Clunkers? A US Government program created to stimulate the sales of newer automobiles which also enabled the removal of older, less efficient (lower MPG), higher polluting cars from US roadways. The program will end in less than 24 hours an... (more)