Jake Sorofman

Is IT a House of Cards?

Recent high-profile production outages and security breaches have drawn attention to a longstanding but under-reported risk to modern business: A growing dependency on IT systems that aren't fully under control. It's no secret that IT is now at the heart of many modern business models....

Adopting Enterprise Cloud: A Graduated Transformation

Enterprise IT organizations are in the midst of deep and lasting change. IT used to be your cable company: It held the local monopoly for IT services. The wait you experienced was a frustrating, but necessary part of your relationship with enterprise IT. You had...

Dealing with Darwin: What Change Means for IT

"If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near." That's Jack Welch offering what may be the most urgent words for today's IT leaders who are staring down unprecedented external change. Public cloud services...

Why the “P Principle” Applies to Modern IT

You've surely heard that classically alliterative (and originally profane) adage: Proper preparation prevents poor performance. This is particularly true in matters of IT, where scale and complexity promise the undoing of any IT shop that doesn't have its house in order. For too long, IT…

Consider the Source: The Myth of the False Cloud

This article originally appeared in HPC in the Cloud. At a very young age, my mother told me to consider the source—to never take authoritative pronouncements at face value. I hadn't thought much about this back in those more innocent days, but as my cynicism...

2011 Prediction: Automation Enters the Industrial Age

You may have read my six Predictions, which envisage a very cloudy 2011. In contemplating these and other predictions, I realize I probably fell short of characterizing the necessary side-effect of enterprise cloud's coming of age in 2011. Which brings me to prediction #7, offered…

Are You an Agent or Victim of Change?

Meet Walter. Walter thrives on change. He's nobody's victim. He knows that embracing IT automation is the safe bet for his career. But Walter is a doer. Why isn’t automation a threat? Because it's how he controls his own destiny. It’s how he builds his...

The Myth of the “False Cloud”

Private cloud is the "false cloud"? So say the titans of the public cloud. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels and Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff have both pronounced private cloud illegitimate—more stepchild than cousin to its now-famous public forbearer. As Public Enemy protested, "Don't believe the hype!"…

Why Windows and Linux are the Same

When we decided to build support for managing Windows apps into the rPath product line, there was a lot of surprise both internally and externally. After all, rPath was founded by a team with strong open source roots which helped build Red Hat into...

6 IT Predictions for 2011

Publishing end-of-year predictions has become de rigueur for anyone with an opinion and a blogging platform. Few of these predictions are founded in any scientific analysis with any degree of statistical confidence. They're raw, intuitive reflection, expression and judgment based on unique experience and...

2011 IT Prediction #5: Power is Redistributed

You've seen predictions #1, 2, 3, 4 … here's prediction #5: Power is redistributed – IT leverage over service providers means better cost-economies and more innovation, as software and service providers are forced to differentiate and add deeper, more sustainable value to IT customers. This...

2011 IT Prediction #4: Ecosystem Rules

With predictions #1, #2, and #3 down, prediction #4 is up: Ecosystem rules – And speaking of leverage … fear of leverage lost through expanding hegemony of virtualization and cloud infrastructure providers (read: VMware) will conspire with frustration over the pace of innovation—giving rise to...

2011 IT Prediction #3: Hybrid Cloud Emerges

Here’s predictions #1 and #2. And now for prediction #3: Hybrid cloud emerges – Definition of such governance models will enable enterprise IT to begin experimenting with hybrid cloud models. Initially, this will look like a simple stratification of deployment environments based on lifecycle stage—for...

2011 IT Prediction #2: Public Cloud Thrives

Yesterday, I offered my first prediction for 2011: “Private Cloud Proliferates.” Here is prediction #2: At the same time, we’ll see continued growth—explosive growth—in public cloud services, where affinity will continue to bind to small and mid-sized businesses and non-production enterprise workloads. We’ll also...

2011 IT Prediction #1: Private Cloud Proliferates

Publishing end-of-year predictions has become de rigueur for anyone with an opinion and a blogging platform. Few of these predictions are founded in any scientific analysis with any degree of statistical confidence. They’re raw, intuitive reflection, expression and judgment based on unique experience and...

rPath for Windows

We’re excited to announce rPath on Windows! With release 5.8, rPath extends model-driven automation to Windows Server 2003 and 2008. It’s the first fully version-controlled, automated .NET deployment solution for Windows, and finally gives Operations the tool they need to keep up...

Will Cloud Change the Politics of IT?

It must be the midterm elections, because politics are in the air—and on my mind. The politics of IT, that is. This isn’t the first time I’ve compared the dynamic between development and operations to the partisan disputes we see in the headlines and...

Watch This Space: “Pushbutton” Deployment for Windows Apps

Today, some 74% of data center servers run on the Windows operating system. Still, the vast majority of IT organizations lack tools for automating deployment and update of .NET and Windows applications. These Windows applications tend to be enormously complex, representing hundreds or thousands...

The Grasshopper and the Ant: A Fable for Developers and IT

In a field one summer’s day, a grasshopper was hopping about with great joy, dancing between blades of grass and chirping with pride. He was excited about the potential of his new invention and yearned for someone to help him finish it. Along came an...

Amazon Can Do It. Why Can’t You?

A number of business theorists have explored the dimensions of market shifts that turn competitive advantage upside down. There are lots of ways to describe this phenomenon: The most contemporary is Clayton Christensen’s work on “disruptive technologies”—but if you go back further, you’ll hear...

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