Martin Banks casts an eye over current developments in datacentres, mainframes, virtualisation and the wider issues of infrastructure systems as the delivery vehicle of services to business.
Office + Rackspace... ticking the Microsoft box?
The recent announcement by Rackspace that it has launched a new business unit—Cloud Office at Rackspace—in collaboration with Microsoft can be interpreted a couple of different ways. And depending on what comes out of Microsoft next...
Martin Banks, Lian-James Consultancy | 28th October '14
Soup-to-nuts, but Microsoft must market it right
The publicity image attached to the latest Microsoft announcement of Windows 10 suggests that the target really is a soup-to-nuts solution that aims to provide a complete, seamless, no-differences environment from the smallest usable mobile device...
Martin Banks, Lian-James Consultancy | 3rd October '14
Is TIBCO a worrying sign of a different malaise?
The news that TIBCO’s sales and profits are down has left financial analysts wrong-footed, resulting in them being instrumental in seeing the value of its shares fall by over 4 percent. It has also started to beg an important question: should...
Martin Banks, Lian-James Consultancy | 22nd September '14
The white van movers
A particularly good example of how cloud service providers can become the glue, not just for linking partner businesses technologically but as a core part of ongoing business management and the creator of new business opportunities, can be found in...
Martin Banks, Lian-James Consultancy | 26th August '14
Is this the most important development yet?
Seamless device-to-device connectivity between whatever devices a user feels should be seamlessly connecting is an obvious goal—for the users, at least. It is still the case, of course, that the majority of vendors consider this notion the...
Martin Banks, Lian-James Consultancy | 18th August '14
Raw's Built.io democratises innovation
In many ways, the following is the complement of the previous blog entry, where TIBCO’s CTO, Matt Quinn, discussed the coming changes in cloud infrastructure. For this is about the changes in applications development—and the move towards...
Martin Banks, Lian-James Consultancy | 11th August '14
The future of cloud is small, lots of small
Are the days of the large, powerful server and the complex, all-encompassing operating system finally about to come to an end? Is the ultimate architecture of cloud delivery systems going to be something rather different—perhaps many millions...
Martin Banks, Lian-James Consultancy | 6th August '14
Now homes can look after themselves - and you
Since at least the days of the UK Government-promoted Year of Information Technology, back in 1982, the notion of controlling the functionality of a home—remotely setting the temperature of the central heating, turning on the oven to start...
Martin Banks, Lian-James Consultancy | 4th August '14
CSPs - it is NOT the customers' fault
Many years ago I used to say that the one trouble with the IT vendor community is that it understands how to be bought from… but has little idea how to sell to…, and over the intervening years I have not seen too much evidence of any...
Martin Banks, Lian-James Consultancy | 29th July '14
Testing is important, but think of the wider context
Testing is always important, that is for certain. But sometimes I do wonder whether some testing is looking at the wrong issues, or perhaps the right issues but for the wrong, or maybe poorly thought-through, reasons. It has to be set in the wider...
Martin Banks, Lian-James Consultancy | 28th July '14
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