Huawei: Back To The Future?

Ten years ago, Siemens, Ericsson, Alcatel, Motorola, Nokia, and Lucent – to name a few – had operator, enterprise, consumer and handset divisions. Today, Siemens has sold all of its communication equipment businesses and Siemens Enterprise Communications is a joint venture of Siemens and the Gores Group. Ericsson exclusively focuses on operator customers after selling […] Read more »

From Unified To Social Communications And Collaboration

We have come a long way since Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876. Mr. Bell’s first call was to his assistant, Thomas A. Watson, in the next room, speaking these famous first words, “Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you”. Today we can reach virtually anyone on the planet […] Read more »

The Cloud Is Programmed To Receive

At Oracle Open World 2011, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison took a stab at Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff calling Salesforce.com ‘the ultimate vendor lock-in’ and claimed that ‘you can check in but you can’t check out’ of Salesforce.com. I don’t know about you but this immediately reminded me of part of the famous Eagles song, ‘Hotel […] Read more »

Operational Deployment Models: From In House To BPO

Outsourcing is generally defined as the transfer of the management and/or day-to-day execution of an entire business function by an outsourcing organization to an outsourcing provider. In the IT world, outsourcing refers to transferring the management of the IT function, including infrastructure and people to a third party. Also in the IT world, BPO, or […] Read more »

Computing Deployment Models And Cloud Traceability

In a previous post we talked about balancing computing architecture and operational management choices. We built a model that defined four computing styles: legacy IT, outsourcing, private cloud and public cloud. In a subsequent post we refined this model to include four hybrid solutions: hybrid architecture, hybrid operations, hybrid cloud and hybrid hosting. We introduced […] Read more »