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Tag: Getting Started

Getting Started With the Cloud?

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” — Lao Tzu In my last post, I introduced a mental model called the “Stages of Adoption” (SofA), which describes the Journey that enterprises travel as they become cloud-first. I’ve found this Journey to be more of a leadership and change management exercise than a technical exercise, […]

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The Journey Toward Cloud-First & the Stages of Adoption

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” — Jimmy Dean In my last post, I introduced some patterns I’ve observed within large enterprises that have implemented cloud-first policies. These enterprises have reversed the burden of proof from “Why should we use cloud?” to “Why shouldn’t we […]

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The Importance of Talent in Your Transformation

I’m very fortunate to be able to spend time with leaders from companies that are focused on transforming their business. There are many organizations that are using technology to do this, and I can think of few that are doing this better or more aggressively than Capital One. Drew Firment, who has been leading parts […]

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What Does Cloud-First Look Like?

“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” -Ronald Reagan Change is hard. The larger and more complex an organization grows, and the more it gets used to doing things a certain way, the harder change becomes. Still, […]

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New York Public Library’s Cloud Journey

“A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.” -Norman Cousins I had the pleasure meeting Jay Haque a few years ago when he started leading the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) cloud Journey. I was on a similar Journey at Dow Jones, and we had the […]

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A Hybrid Cloud Architecture Ah-Ha! Moment

Each week I meet a few more executives that are transforming the way technology delivers value to their business using the cloud. Motivation for getting started with the cloud varies, but a consistent theme in my conversations is that the cloud allows organizations to devote more resources to their core business, move faster, and be […]

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An E-Book of Cloud Best Practices for Your Enterprise

Over the last eight months, I’ve written a series of posts detailing several best practices for enterprises using (or considering) the cloud. These are practices I encourage any technology executive or professional looking to transform their business and/or career to consider. They were first inspired by my time as CIO of Dow Jones, from 2012 […]

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Your Enterprise’s Flywheel to the Cloud

“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.” -Yogi Berra When I introduced the Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) in a previous post, I noted that your CCoE should become the fabric through which all the other best practices on your Journey are woven. In this post, which will conclude […]

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