Agile IT has been widely heralded (and equally widely decried) as a way to
align the pace of change in IT with the pace of change in the broader
At its core, Agile IT is making the very basic point that if in house IT
cannot keep pace with the business there are a rapidly increasing number of
cloud and SaaS providers for whom that is not a problem.
In short, IT must innovate around time-to-market or die a death of a thousand
credit card cuts as individual developers outsource the IT they need to
Amazon and other public cloud providers.
But what is the core activity that drives the shift to agility? Most often
this shift is characterized as a vat migration to cloud. This is true, but it
misses the key driver of IT agility: orchestration.
How Orchestration Drives the Cloud
IT automation deals with performing a particular task, such as setting up a
single com... (more)
Thomas Bitman of Gartner wrote a blog post last year about why OpenStack
projects fail. In that article, he outlined three particular metrics which
together cause 60% of OpenStack projects to fall short of expectations:
Wrong people (31% of failures): a successful cloud needs commitment both from
the operations team as well as from "anchor" tenants. Wrong processes (19% of
failures): a successful cloud automates across silos in the software
development lifecycle, not just within silos. Wrong metrics (10% of
failures): a successful cloud focuses on top line transformation by
I recently got some feedback on my previous musing that from the customer
viewpoint, PaaS equals automation. That led me to think of ways to articulate
better what this means both to customers and vendors.
Customers are basically indifferent to PaaS. This can be seen in the very
modest market for PaaS as opposed to all the other aaS-es. Where is the PaaS
that is producing anywhere near the value of the biggest SalesForce's $2.3B
in SaaS revenues or Amazon's ~$1B in IaaS revenues?
Customers are indicating - in the only way that matters - that they value
they perceive from PaaS is or... (more)
One of the perennial cloud predictions has been that 200x would be the year
of the Platform as a Service (PaaS) cloud. The logic goes that if an
automated data center in the sky is good, an automated development platform
in the sky must be even better.
“Normal” clouds like Amazon AWS give the developer a virtual computer to
load their OS and App onto. PaaS gives the developer a virtual computer with
the OS, database and middleware “pre-loaded,” thereby simplifying the
Yet so far, PaaS adoption has been anemic and Gartner puts PaaS at 1% of the
overall cloud market. ... (more)
McKinsey & Company published a report predicting the market size for Software
as a Service (SaaS) will exceed $37B market over the next 5 years. In
particular, the report described the need for Independent Software Vendors to
SaaS-enable their products using special-purpose SaaS development tools. Matt
Asay also wrote recently that the growth of the top 60 software companies is
driven by SaaS.
McKinsey claims that traditional J2EE and .NET platforms are poorly suited to
building SaaS applications. According to McKinsey, this opens up a $3B market
for Platform as a Service (... (more)