How many CEO’s to screw in a lightbulb

Is it just me or has the CEO title recently fallen pray to title inflation? More and more companies seem to find economies of scale in appointing CEO’s by the dozen, one per division, one per continent or even one per country. It used to be pretty clear that if you had a meeting withContinue reading “How many CEO’s to screw in a lightbulb”

Building (or buying) a better mousetrap

Most people by now agree that “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door” is not a recipe for commercial success in technology innovation. In many cases it is not the quality of the technology that determines the winner. It is about timing, branding and addressing the right problemContinue reading “Building (or buying) a better mousetrap”

Connecting The Dots in Enterprise Cloud

Conventional wisdom is that the fastest connection between two points- for example between today and tomorrow – is a straight line. But just like in aviation this is not necessarily true in cloud computing. First because cloud computing is not one thing (not one dot on the map) it is a conglomerate of many differentContinue reading “Connecting The Dots in Enterprise Cloud”

Why the cloud may require you to learn multiple words for snow

Cloud is at the center of a convergence trend that is impacting people across all of ICT. This convergence is breaking down the walls that separated the traditional silo’s of IT, networking, storage and security. But with this breaking down of the walls we also need to better understand the subtleties of each others domainsContinue reading “Why the cloud may require you to learn multiple words for snow”

Did the US just give a bigger stimulus towards local European Cloud activities than the EU ever could?

Unless you have been under a rock for the last week it was impossible not to notice the uproar regarding the Guardian’s story on alleged information collection , allegedly called PRISM that -again allegedly- involved several major cloud service providers. The most detailed and nuanced piece so far – but it is only Sunday whenContinue reading “Did the US just give a bigger stimulus towards local European Cloud activities than the EU ever could?”

10 Years on, and it still matters?

If an article, 10 years after its initial publication date, is featured in several look backs, reviews, Q&As and still gathers reactions and emotional analysis, it can be concluded it must have struck a chord – or in this case – more an open nerve. In May 2003*, the Harvard Business Review published “IT Doesn’tContinue reading “10 Years on, and it still matters?”

The spring of 2013 is off to a cool start

Even though today’s crowning ceremony in Amsterdam enjoyed some modest sunshine, the temperatures across Europe are at an all time low. A more reliable indication that spring has started, are the annual Cool Vendor reports being published. For the first time this series includes a note dedicated to cloud activity in Europe. The “Cool VendorsContinue reading “The spring of 2013 is off to a cool start”