The most impactful directional shift I see successful companies make is they prioritize the right activities with their scarce resources. They understand how they need to serve their customers, partners, and employees with technologies that align to their needs. They also make choices to direct resources to those appropriate priorities and less toward others that […]
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I often am asked, “should I put a third party portal in front of my Azure or multi-cloud environment?” They ask for a good reason, they want to achieve control of their cloud environment and help their organization to make good decisions. It often comes from organizations who have a self-service portal in their on-premise […]
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As with most things, simplicity is a virtue when it comes to computing environments. How you establish your systems architecture in Azure is a structural foundation you’ll continue to build on for years. Keep it simple! As I discussed in the last post, don’t fall into the trap of thinking your existing, legacy architectural approach […]
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Last time, we covered the need for a company adoption strategy in your Azure implementation journey. Here’s another roadblock you have to get past: your employees’ familiarity with your prior ways of doing things. Implementing changes without taking into consideration the need to retrain and restructure your current work dynamics can easily lead to trouble—or, […]
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In this new blog series, I will take you through a test drive of the Microsoft Azure environment and discuss routes that have put companies in the ditch during navigation and implementation—and, more importantly, how to avoid them. Whether you are brand new to Azure or your journey is already underway, these ideas will […]
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In this TECH Talk I discuss the difference between sustained vs. disruptive innovation using theories developed by Harvard professor Clayton Christensen. In this talk I discuss how companies are affected by disruptive innovation and how a successful company may actually need to develop both.
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I recently recorded a Beer 30 talk with Drew Madelung on the evolution of how we work. We talk about how technology has created accessibility, changed how information is used to understand business processes, and how modern communication works.
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In this TECH Talk, I talk about how an organization can craft a cloud migration workstream to take advantage of public cloud capabilities. This aligns to an organization migrating significant portions of their business to the public cloud, or those just deploying new applications there. This is a must watch for any CIO wanting to properly organize how they attack the public cloud ecosystem.
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This is a TECH talk on leveraging an innovation program to drive invention and disruption within a business model. This talk discusses not just the creative aspects of innovation, but why a program’s discipline creates powerful outcomes.
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I recently recorded a TECH talk on driving highly engaged employees. The intention of this was to help companies understand how they can leverage their “WHY” to drive their organization toward new heights.
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