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Build, buy or subscribe: 4 considerations for making the best choice

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By KeithMacbeath, senior principal consultant with HP Software Professional Services


For the last decade or so the key question in the application world has been, “Do I build or buy? I need a solution; do I throw this to the in-house application development team (or an external services supplier) to build, or do I contact a vendor to buy?” With the advent of SaaS solutions the question now has become, “Do I build, buy or subscribe?” In today’s world I may subscribe to or  I may buy Siebel, but I almost certainly won’t build my own customer relationship management tool.


Increasingly, heads of enterprise IT are making these build, buy or subscribe decisions. In many cases, the same principles you use to make a build vs. buy decision hold true with subscribe. But the subscribe option is different in some crucial ways that relate to the fact that you’re not running it. When you’re considering a SaaS subscription, make sure you’ve thought through the four aspects that make the subscription model different.

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Open Services and their impact on enterprise IT


By KeithMacbeath, senior principal consultant with HP Software Professional Services


Cloud computing represents disruptive change, not incremental change, both for IT production and IT consumption. In my last few blog posts I’ve been writing about changes to the production side: How you can plan for disruptive improvement in IT operations, what financial consequences you need to consider for cloud computing and how to make sure you get your cloud adoption model right to reap those financial benefits.


But in this post I want to look at the impact of cloud on the consumption side, particularly around something I’m going to call Open Services.


What are Open Services?

Open Services are simply the latest evolution in a ‘decoupling’ trend that’s been going on for decades. Think back to the days when mainframes dominated enterprise computing. It was the age of proprietary computing: Everything you did was machine specific. When you did an upgrade you had to rewrite all your software. Customers hated the migration cost and the vendor lock-in.

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Jeffrey Katzenberg keynote at Discover: HP a cloud leader from the start

IMG_1614-Edit_SML.jpgYesterday, I went to hear Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg talk at HP Discover Frankfurt. Now my wife would probably kong me over the head for saying this—she is the smart one in our marriage—but I remember Jeffrey for his movies at DreamWorks Animation. I did not remember his role at Disney, where he had a hand in just about every animated movie that my children loved when they were kids. One little-known fact for the movie buffs reading this post is that his favorite movie—a hard choice, he admitted—was The Lion King. He told the crowd that The Lion King was his favorite because it was an allegory for his life as a young man and he identified with Simba.

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What it takes to adopt a converged cloud

Paul Muller_Michael Garrett.pngWhat does it take to adopt a converged cloud in your environment? The answer is two-part. First, you need to understand how to deploy a private cloud, and second, you need to address the issues that underlie a sprawled multi-supplier, multi-service environment.

What is the role for IT leadership in a post cloud era?

IMG_1614-Edit_SML.jpgAs I mentioned in my last blog post, “One company’s management of IT financials in a Cloud era,” I attended this week the IT Financial Management Association Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, and am blogging on two of the sessions. I’m hearing a lot that can really help both public and private IT executives, particularly around the financial management of cloud computing.

The next speaker I heard was from Georgia State University (GSU). He started by saying that GSU’s recent move from a central IT model to a cloud provider model has led IT to ask itself a number of questions.

NoOps and the Evolving Role of Information Security in Software Development

A while back I wrote a blog post explaining the difference between NoOps and DevOps - with a slant from the Information Security perspective.  If you haven't checked it out yet, I encourage you to do so as a primer to this post, and to get a more grounded understanding of where my head's at when it comes to addressing the NoOps movement.  Is NoOps just another excuse to forget security?  Or do we (Information Security Professionals) actually have a chance to affect fundamental change in how code gets deployed in a risk-averse manner?

Unmasking Agility - Reality of Cloud or Myth of Marketing Hype?

One of the big things the cloud promises us is this thing called agility.  Agility basically means the ability to respond faster to changing business needs with IT services and support.  What does that really mean in a world of DevOps, continuous release, and digital business models as they collide with traditional business strategies?

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