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In my role as a globetrotting Cloud consultant, I continue to be amazed at how many executives, both in IT and in the lines of business, still favor Private Clouds over Public. These managers are perfectly happy to pour money into newfangled data centers (sorry, “Private Clouds”), even though Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its brethren are reinventing the entire world of IT. Their reason? Sometimes they believe Private Clouds will save them money over the Public Cloud option. No such luck: Private Clouds are dreadfully expensive to build, staff, and manage, while Public Cloud services continue to fall in price. Others point to security as the problem. No again. OK, maybe Private Clouds will give us sufficient elasticity? Probably not. Go through all the arguments, however, and they’re still dead set on building that Private Cloud. What gives? The true reason for this... (more)

Omnichannel Digital Transformation By @TheEbizWizard | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Omnichannel Digital Transformation for Everyone With the explosion of consumer technology options, digital transformation has upended retail more so than any other industry. From the retailer’s perspective, every device, every app, every digital interaction is an opportunity to communicate a brand, to present a value proposition, and most importantly, to drive home a sale. Perhaps the most important lesson these retailers learned from the dot.com explosion of the 1990s is that the web was first and foremost a marketing channel – a way of connecting seller to buyer. With this real... (more)

Are Microservices ‘SOA Done Right’? By @TheEbizWizard | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

Given my years at ZapThink, fighting to help architects understand what Service-Oriented Architecture really was and how to get it right, it’s no surprise that many people ask me this question. If you took my SOA course, you can probably guess my answer: it depends. Even to this day we don’t have a universally accepted definition of SOA. But even if we did, we’d also have to figure out what “SOA done wrong” means, in order to contrast microservices with it. However, the question “Are Microservices ‘SOA Done Right’?” itself is a mix of apples and, well not oranges – more like confu... (more)

Do Citizen Developers Represent a Threat or Opportunity for IT Departments?

By Cynthia Kenworthy With the rise of low-code and no-code development tools, ordinary business users with little to no technical expertise are taking it upon themselves to build applications, heralding the era of the so-called citizen developer. These DIYers fill a critical role as IT departments struggle with insufficient staff and resources to meet all the demands put upon them, In fact, a survey by IBM in 2014 found that 80 percent of cutting-edge enterprises were turning to citizen developers to plug these gaps. This revolution parallels the broader trend toward self-service ... (more)

Graphite GTC: Lowering Low-Code/No-Code Vendor Lock-in Risk

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief Most Low-Code/No-Code platforms require customers either to run their applications on the platform, or at the least, use the platform and associated tooling to maintain and update existing applications. For many such platforms, the benefits to customers outweigh the risks – but there are risks. Since customers are essentially locked into their Low-Code/No-Code vendor of choice, that vendor can change its pricing arbitrarily, or even worse, leave its customers high and dry should it go out of business. Graphite GTC addresses this lock-in problem by ge... (more)