When used wisely, consuming cloud as-a-service (aaS) can dramatically improve business outcomes. Primarily, cloud IT services can promote business agility, reduce expenses, and accelerate time-to-market. They also can provide access to highly trained professionals with focused technical expertise, solving a longstanding problem many IT leaders face with sourcing specialized talent.
Businesses today want speed and flexibility, and cloud IT as-a-service can help them achieve that because they don’t need to procure and deploy hardware and then build, test, and iterate software solutions. Although cloud offerings are attractive because they are readily available and can be deployed quickly, there are several factors to consider when deciding whether to build a solution in-house or outsource it to a cloud provider.
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Tags: agility, as-a-service, cloud, Cloud Consumption, data, data center, InterCloud, partner, Public Cloud, security, services
People often ask me: “Is cloud computing really being adopted?”
Over the years, I’ve talked to large and small companies to find out the state of the art in their particular businesses. There is much more in both the recently released Cloud Computing: Operation Efficiency and Cloud Computing: Transformation books, but I’ll give you one example here.
Based in Silicon Valley, this company’s revenue in 2014 was approximately $300 million.
In 2008, I spoke to this company’s CIO and he shared with me that the cloud services in use were predominately application cloud services, in particular: Oracle On-demand, RightNow (later purchased by Oracle), ADP, and Trovix. In addition, the company was using an operations management cloud service Postini for spam filtering security management.
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Tags: cloud, Cloud Adoption, Cloud Computing, Enterprise, isv, services
While cloud computing is based on a number of technology innovations, I’m going to write for the non-technical person who I think needs to understand this major shift. In the end, cloud computing will affect every business, every industry. I’ll start this blog by sharing a story.
A few years ago, I was in a meeting with six CIOs of one of the largest healthcare providers. I asked each a question as they introduced themselves: “What are you working on?”
The first CIO, Bill, replied, “I’m working on a strategy to move to cloud.”
Next, I asked Mary, “What do you do?” Mary also said she was working on a strategy to move the cloud.
We got through every one of them and every one of them had the same answer.
I asked, “So what does that mean, working on a strategy to move to the cloud?”
They collectively said, “We’re really not sure, but we’re working on it.”
I wasn’t actually there to talk to them about cloud computing, but I said, “Give me 10 to 15 minutes to help you think about what it might mean to move to the cloud.”
I’d like to share an abbreviated view of this discussion in this blog, beginning with reviewing my cloud-computing framework.
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Tags: CIO, cloud, Cloud Computing, move to the cloud, services
Matt Morris, Cisco Systems Inc.
Please join me in welcoming Matt Morris to the Energy Industry Blog.
Matt is the Global Solution Lead for Cisco’s Internet of Things (IOT) Solutions practice (Oil & Gas, Utilities, Manufacturing, Transportation and Mining), where he leads the strategy, development and go to market of Cisco’s “big bets” and transformational solutions. This includes the Cisco Secure Ops Solution, a solution that delivers critical infrastructure security as a managed service, along with household names in ICS Security. His duties at Cisco include – leadership and governance; spearheading strategy, business and technology innovation; performing due diligence for strategic acquisitions; building/fostering new partnerships to scale the business. Matt also leads and participates in various special projects at Cisco.
Matt has spoken at, or appeared at, many events, conferences and shows as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Cisco in the areas of security and threat response :
Recently, Matt lead the launch of the Secure Ops Solution. This ground-breaking offering from Cisco provides for “Critical infrastructure security as-a-service” and uses a convenient service wrapper and attaches a set of service level agreements. Read about it here: Unveiling Cisco Collaborative Operations and Secure Ops Solutions. It supports cyber security risk management and compliance for industrial control environments. You can also read about how an oil company use of Secure Ops in Peter Granger’s blog: Cisco to Provide Secure Ops Solution to Royal Dutch Shell.
Prior to Cisco, Matt worked for Landis+Gyr (L+G), a prominent Smart Grid player. As Director of Product Management & Marketing, Matt’s responsibilities included portfolio management of L+G’s North American products and solutions, partnerships and alliances, portfolio and brand strategy, mergers & acquisitions, and complex deal negotiations. This included AMI, DA, HAN, and Cybersecurity solutions.
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Tags: Energy, IoE, IoT, matt morris, oil and gas, Secure Ops, Secure Ops Solution, services, SOS
Today, businesses are looking at security in a strategic, comprehensive way to protect mission critical processes and assets. There has never been a greater need to understand the impact that security threats can have on a company’s bottom line. For these reasons, experienced security advice is now among the table stakes required to assess and address the threat landscape that faces enterprises today. The skills and capabilities companies need to maintain a strong security posture, keep pace with rapidly evolving threats and take full advantage of new technologies that can protect their businesses are rare and difficult to retain.
The right advisory service can change all of that.
I am pleased to announce Cisco’s intent to acquire privately held Neohapsis, a Chicago-based security advisory company providing services to address customers’ evolving information security, risk management, and compliance challenges. Neohapsis provides risk management, compliance, cloud, application, mobile, and infrastructure security solutions to Fortune 500 customers.
Together, Cisco, Neohapsis and our partner ecosystem will deliver comprehensive services to help our customers build the security capabilities required to remain secure and competitive in today’s markets. This will help our customers overcome operational and technical security vulnerabilities, achieve a comprehensive view of their risks, take advantage of new business models, and define structured approaches for better protection.
The Neohapsis team will join the Cisco Security Services organization under the leadership of Senior Vice President and General Manager Bryan Palma. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of fiscal year 2015. We look forward to Neohapsis’ outstanding team and technology joining Cisco!
Tags: acquisition, advisory, Bryan Palma, Hilton Romanski, M&A, Mergers and Acquisitions, Neohapsis, Risk Management, security, services