Francis Bell is a newcomer to the cloud community. In this article he shares his insights upon joining the industry, and considers the choice and pace of change that cloud technologies can offer.
The enterprise or organisation of today is not contained in bricks, mortar or glass. We live in an age that is truly global, effortlessly mobile and not afraid to harness innovation and entrepreneurship. For all organisations, from the global powerhouses like Amazon, Microsoft or Google, through to disruptors like Uber or Monzo to lone entrepreneurs just starting their businesses, Cloud is key.
The world of Cyber Security is full of very sophisticated systems all playing their part in keeping us safe as we increasingly go online in business and our everyday lives. The level to which these are deployed depends on your cyber security strategy, budget and risk. Thousands of these systems are available with more and more on the market every day.
Eighteen months ago, in the halcyon days of Summer 2017, I made the difficult decision after 13 years to leave my career in the British Army and move onto pastures new in the long-forgotten sunny uplands of Civvie Street. The subsequent year and a half saw me somehow transition successfully into civilian life, with blind faith, dogged determination and good luck miraculously negating a smattering of mistakes and shear panic as I faced the daunting prospect of re-entering the job market.
As a start-up company attempting to disrupt the Cloud Computing world, there are both benefits and disadvantages in being small, dynamic and “Agile”. I’d like to highlight how entering into meaningful, truly two-way partnerships has both lessened the disadvantages and allowed us to leverage many of the benefits of being a start-up.
The festive period is upon us but it’s hard not to keep pressing on exploring the wealth of content revealed and renewed at re:Invent 2018. I am still buzzing with ideas about new ways of architecting tech solutions.
As the juggernaut of Cloud continues to plough mercilessly forward and as the number of tools at the disposal of developers continues to grow, the conundrum of ‘Buy vs. Build’ in lieu of a Digital requirement appears to be leaning ever in the favour of ‘Build’. And is this really such a bad thing?
Shadow IT is not just a technical or security issue, but also presents a cultural challenge that can erode the trust and cooperation between IT and the broader business. What role can the IT directorate, Procurement or Finance undertake in preventing or limiting Shadow IT?
The Government Digital Service gave its blessing to using the Internet instead of the Public Services Network in January 2017. But there’s danger in letting the solution define the requirements, says Justin Day of 6point6 Cloud Gateway.