About Ed Cone

Edward Cone is a managing editor in the Thought Leadership group at Oxford Economics.

Hybrid cloud 101

Confused about all the different clouds floating around out there?

Check out this video for a lucid explanation of the hybrid cloud and how it works.


Listening to cloud users

We can build so much more complex stuff when the basics that bog down deploying and maintaining servers get simplified and commoditized.

Thoughts from Dave Winer, one of the key developers of the tools behind what we now call social media, on the future of cloud services.

The full promise of cloud technology will be realized when it’s delivered the way end-users and developers want it. Getting there will require vendors to listen, not just sell.

The cloud is reshaping technology spending

Following the theme of our recent post, What the cloud does to IT, check out this report on IT spending.

The key takeaway: “Power in technology purchases shifting from CIO to CMO, CFO, VP of Sales and line executives.”

More from IDC:

The business technology spending market will grow at 6.9% 5 year CAGR from $236.6 billion in 2012 to $330.7 billion by 2017, while enterprise IT grows slowly at a 1.9% 5 year CAGR from $213.0 billion to 233.5 billion over the same forecast period.

Cloud, mobile, social, and analytics are driving the momentum in business tech spending– and obviously cloud is an enabling technology for the other three.

The positive scenario here is that business units end up with the technology they really need, when they need it. The less rosy outcome is chaos. The difference between the two will be in large part how well companies plan and execute their strategic shift to the cloud.

What the cloud does to IT

If you think about going from mainframes to minis or minis to PCs or PCs to the web or client-server, all those trends were changes and some of them scary changes, but at the end of the day, there was more percentage of GDP in IT than there was before, and there were more jobs in IT than there were before.

I think it’s natural that some people are worried about the cloud. I don’t think the role of the IT pro disappears. It will probably change in some ways. The technology will change and some of the responsibilities will change. But at the end of the day, if the cloud enables us to do more, I think there will be more jobs and there will be more needs for people as opposed to less…

…The positive thing with the cloud is that there are so many new use cases that didn’t exist before, and they actually make all of our lives better. And, again, as we become more and more digital, we are going to need more and more people to support it.

From an interview with Scott Guthrie, head of Microsoft’s Cloud & Enterprise division, by the redoubtable Mary Jo Foley.

Which cloud is right for you?

“Friends don’t let friends build data centers anymore,” — Charles Phillips, CEO, Infor

The New York Times rounds up a week of big cloud news.

There’s some interesting back-and-forth in the comments section about the value of more localized/personalized services vs. the big, one-size-fits-all offerings of mega-vendors. One reader says attempting to contact a huge provider when widespread problems arise is “similar to trying to get the pope on the phone during a crisis of biblical proportions.”

Cloud migration and value survey launched

Apollo launchWe are live in the field with our survey about strategies, opportunities, and challenges related to cloud migration, which will include responses from 350 business and technology executives at companies across the United States.

While that work is underway, we’ll be conducting a series of eight in-depth interviews on the same topics. These calls will add depth and color to the statistics from the survey, providing additional heft to the series of reports to follow.