When it comes to procurement, any technology or service should be evaluated
with a good set of criteria. Executive decisions should not be weighted
solely on a single selection criterion such as price. This applies to any
cloud computing service as well.
The twelve criteria listed below (see Chart 1) forces executives to take a
broader review of the many elements of the total cloud computing service, and
not just price. Each criteria starts with an R, F, or P which makes it easy
to remember the total framework for the Yardstick for Technology Procurement
Chart 1: Yardstick for Technology Procurement (RFP)
At what percentage of reliability is the service? 99.9% 99.99? 99.995? How is
this measured? What costs are associated with increasing reliability?
Can the system survive a major disaster or is there a single ... (more)
If cloud computing is going to spread to more mission-critical type
applications, it needs to get more accurate when it comes to
transaction-based applications. Trying to keep everything in a structured
framework is going to require a more rigorous network infrastructure that
includes timing down to milliseconds, if not nanoseconds.
One way to accomplish this is to use the IEEE 1588 protocol or "Precision
Time Protocol" (PTP), which provides timing. In an earlier article entitled,
"Cloud Transaction Synchronicity," I discussed the need for this type of
capability if financial or... (more)
Major retailers like Sears, Wal-Mart, Lowe's, Best Buy, Shell and others
announced last week their focus on developing MCX, Merchant Customer
Exchange, to enhance their sales and cover the growing demand for
capabilities to buy things from the smartphone.
This is a great milestone in the area of wireless because it adds credibility
to all those preaching that mobile wireless will create a huge paradigm shift
as to how the average consumer will be purchasing goods and services in the
future. When you get retailers that represent over $1 trillion in sales today
talking about devel... (more)
Many organizations are starting to look at cloud computing as a universal
solution, but there are many applications that cannot be considered unless
the framework of cloud computing includes Timing as a Service (TaaS)© as
part of its fabric. Mission-critical applications require security measures
including encryption, monitoring, and redundancy/resiliency, but that is not
As stated in an earlier article:
If cloud computing is going to spread to more mission critical-type
applications, it needs to get more exact and accur... (more)
If they plan to remain viable in today's markets, now is the time for real
estate firms to make some dramatic changes by offering intelligent amenities
in their commercial properties.
How do we prop up our dying shopping center? How do we develop and maintain
more business for our stadium? How do we raise our commercial properties'
occupancy from 45% to 85%?
These questions are being asked more and more in the commercial real estate
industry as the economy remains in a slump in many locations. Many executives
are baffled because their usual management techniques are not working. I... (more)