In 2005, I was working at Hewlett Packard in the storage group. We were three
years past the Compaq-HP merger in Houston. My product line consisted of an
entry-level SAN storage product and some accompanying data protection
software. One of the many product management duties was customer interface. I
always enjoyed trade shows, telephone calls and face-to-face customer
Customer briefings at HP were mostly great. The briefing center is a
beautiful facility on the HP campus. Because customers (up to a dozen in a
group) would travel to our Houston site, the briefing teams would coordinate
a day long or two days of presentations and/or lab tours. Each briefing was
tailored to the customer's desire. Typical presentations were focused on
ProLiants, Laptops and Handhelds, Factory tours, HP Software, and Storage.
Some briefings were very positive because custom... (more)
I am guessing that Vivek Kundra, the US Government's new CIO and a strong
advocate of Cloud Computing, is sending Barak Obama and Ray LaHood, the US
Transportation Secretary, an email saying "I told ya so".
Why? The "Cash for Clunkers" auto stimulus program's web site clunked due to
the popularity of the program.
First of all, what is Cash for Clunkers? A US Government program created to
stimulate the sales of newer automobiles which also enabled the removal of
older, less efficient (lower MPG), higher polluting cars from US roadways.
The program will end in less than 24 hours an... (more)
I am very intrigued by the following quote from Dave Powers at Eli Lilly, the
pharmaceutical giant and makers of Prozac®, Cymbalta®, Cialis® and dozens
of other medicines. Their IT challenge was daunting - purchase 64 compute
nodes and storage, assemble, and perform their critical testing. The choices
were a large capital expense layout with high-cost management or look to a
new method to conquer the task. Lilly turned to Cloud Computing and
specifically Amazon's EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud). Their comment below is
the epitome of Cloud Computing. Lilly's project is fairly typical... (more)
We have all been in those meetings where we have had to explain to executives
- ‘what happened?' Inevitably, the consensus of the post-disaster meeting
is that ‘we need to do a better job protecting the business' and ‘draft
proposals in a week'. As you walk away, you play through your mind the
various options you could investigate, vendors you could call, or web sites
you could surf. You soon realize that you can propose anything but the
reality is -what will the executives sign off on, what will they question, do
they understand how vulnerable the business is, and will this be ... (more)
Thanks to Jeff Schneider ...
JVC to Move to the Cloud: Will spend $27.4 million more or less (2.6 billion
yen) so IBM can lift it into an outsourced cloud
I'm not just a happy IBM employee. I'm a happy IBM shareholder.
Have a better day,
(more substantive post coming soon)Bill Freedman email@example.com