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Why vendor lock-in is not an issue when using public cloud

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“What about vendor lock-in?” people ask me when I’m having talks about public cloud. “If I put all of my applications and data in Azure and Office 365, Microsoft has got me by the balls. Why should I do this?” It is a good question, and there is a good answer too. To be sure,…

7 tips for IT managers (and others) to stay relevant

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A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about how IT departments became irrelevant. In the time that passed I’ve met more and more IT managers who are having a serious challenge to stay relevant for their org. Once they were Kings, now they are getting obsolete if they do not adapt. This article…

Reason and Power

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A very simple example of a collision of two worlds: reason and power. A few months ago I started sharing my files with people from external organizations using Microsoft’s Onedrive. Very handy. No more annoying searches for the email that contains the latest version of a powerpoint presentation. And sharing via Onedrive gives me more…

When the marketplace shifts

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It’s happening right now. Everyone in IT has to think about their next steps. Especially in the IT infrastructure business. Here’s what is happening: In the last 10 to 15 years companies outsourced their infrastructure services. Today many of these services suddenly became commodity. IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, Disaster Recovery, Backup, Security, IoT, Machine Learning. This…

Social technology prevents death

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My son, four years old, loves dinosaurs and fossils. We dug out some fake fossils recently. He knows their names, their sizes and what they ate. He also understands they are dead. Dinosaurs did not make it because they were not able to adapt fast enough after a major disruption. Like Darwin said: “It Is…

Increasing value or lowering costs

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Organizations that want to increase their metrics either invest in: creating more value for their customers or employees, or doing just enough to keep going, but for less effort and money. During the last decade, Microsoft and Amazon amazes customers by investing in work that create more value. When you do that, people talk, the…

About modern princesses and old castles

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How do IT managers, architects and other people in the IT department deal with the change public cloud brings us? In my last post I described one of the things I see in my work that lead to the end of the current form of many IT departments. The challenge for IT people is to…

How IT departments became irrelevant

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The audience of the people working in IT infrastructure is changing rapidly. We used to talk tech to each other, now we have to deal with people from the business and the C-level. Scary moments for all parties. What is driving this change and how does this affect the role of IT managers, the architects…

Microsoft Ignite 2016 in Atlanta

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This week I went to Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta. After 8 years of going to VMworld this was my first Microsoft congress ever. Since my visit to Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond November 2015 I’ve been amazed with the transition this company is going through. They seem to really live up to their mission: to empower…

Microsoft Azure Storsimple poster

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A few months back I needed to understand how Microsoft Storsimple is build up. So I made this high level overview which I checked with the guys from Microsoft in Redmond. And I’d like to it share with you. Download the PDF right here. Enjoy.  

Microsoft Cloud OS and Azure pack poster

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A few months back I needed to understand how Microsoft Cloud OS and Azure Pack is build up. So I made this high level overview which I checked with the guys from Microsoft in Redmond. And I’d like to it share with you. Download the PDF right here. Enjoy.    

Nine proven tips on how to survive the IT jungle

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In 2006 virtualization changed my work in IT completely. I adapted (with joy) and created value. Now it’s 2016 and the greatest disruption ever in IT is going on. As people and organizations are struggling more then ever, again I’m adapting. Why? Because what brought me here won’t get me there and I want to…

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