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SYS-CON Events announced today that Adaptivity, the IT transformation company, has been named "Platinum Plus Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 5th International Cloud Expo (www.CloudComputingExpo.com), which will take place on April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Adaptivity's CEO Tony Bishop (http://tonybishop.ulitzer.com) will be offering major thought leadership on Day Two of the 3-day event in a Morning Keynote. Read Exclusive Cloud Computing Journal Q&A with Tony Bishop here. Cloud Expo was announced on February 24, 2007, the day the term "cloud computing" was coined. That same year, the first Cloud Expo took place in New York City with 450 delegates. Next April, Cloud Expo is returning to New York City with more than 5,000 delegates and over 100 sponsors and exhibitors. The three-day event will attract more than 5,000 delegates from 48 co... (more)

Cloud Computing: What NOT to Do

A shift is finally occurring in the Cloud Computing discourse. Topics like "what is it" have been supplanted by more useful questions such as "should I do it?", "how should I do it?", and "when should I do it?" In appreciation of this new phase of Cloud Computing adoption, we'd like to offer some thoughts on some of the common pitfalls of both public and private Clouds so that you might avoid them as you evaluate and implement cloud solutions. 1. Not understanding the business value It's important to weigh a Cloud solution versus the traditional approach through the lens of business value. If this is an existing service, can the Cloud truly provide a better solution than what you're currently doing? If new, what are the important business requirements that may drive you to select a Cloud deployment model? In the event of a service outage or a security breech, what's ... (more)

IT Must Invest in Architecture and Engineering: Adaptivity CEO

Blueprint4IT on Ulitzer In this exclusive Q&A for SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal with Cloud Expo Conference Chair, Jeremy Geelan, Tony Bishop - Founder & CEO of Adaptivity - discusses Adaptivity's "IT Transformation Factory" and their Cloud Computing strategy. Bishop gave a General Session at the 5th Cloud Expo in New York in April entitled "Understanding the Relationship Between Workloads and the Cloud." About Tony Bishop: As Chairman and CEO, he leads the team and provides hands-on coaching, thought leadership and executive strategy support for Adaptivity's key clients and partners. He is an innovative IT executive, with an excellent track record in strategy, design, and the implementation of business-aligned enterprise technology platforms across large organizations. He most recently served as SVP and Chief Architect of Wachovia’s Corporate Investment Banking ... (more)

Adaptivity Chairman and CEO Launches His Cloud Computing Blog on Ulitzer

Adaptivity Chairman and CEO Tony Bishop launched today his Cloud Computing Blog on Ulitzer, Tony is the Founder and CEO of Adaptivity. As Chairman and CEO, Tony leads the team and provides hands-on coaching, thought leadership and executive strategy support for our key clients and partners. He is an innovative IT executive, with an excellent track record in strategy, design, and the implementation of business-aligned enterprise technology platforms across large organizations. He most recently served as SVP and Chief Architect of Wachovia’s Corporate Investment Banking Technology Group, where his team designed, built, and implemented a leading-edge service-oriented architecture and utility computing infrastructure. Tony and our team have been recognized by the industry with awards from InfoWorld, ComputerWorld, NetworkWorld, Waters, and Wall Street & Technology, amo... (more)

Cloud Expo "Power Panel" Live from Times Square in New York

View this fast-moving industry dicussion panel moderated by Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan and featuring Greg O'Connor, CEO of AppZero; Tony Bishop, CEO of Adaptivity; Scott Morrison, CTO of Layer 7 Technologies; Marty Gauvin, CEO of Virtual Ark. The topics discussed include a educative concept coined live during this discussion in order to help explain elastic IT: view now to hear all about "FaaS" (Father as a Service")! ... (more)

Virtualization Does Not a Cloud Make

In a previous post we discussed the positive shift in the cloud computing discourse towards actionable steps rather than philosophical diatribes on definitions. And to support that discussion we offered the following list of things not to do: Not understanding the business value Assuming server virtualization is enough Not understanding service dependencies Leveraging traditional monitoring Not understanding internal/external costs As we continue our discussion of these missteps, in this post we'll address both a mistake and a common misconception. Cloud computing is not about any particular technology, but rather is a new operational model for the delivery of IT services. Make no mistake: technology and implementation decisions have the potential to radically change your IT financial models by increasing IT efficiency. But this does not mean that specific technolog... (more)

Enterprise Cloud Business Blueprint at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $800 Savings here! When building a utility or cloud business plan, Wall Street IT can provide important lessons. In his session at the 7th International Cloud Expo, Mike Tardif, President of Adaptivity, will lay out a blueprint for the CIO on how to define, fund and implement a successful transition from siloed IT to a cloud utility model. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Speaker Bio: As the President of Adaptivity, Mike Tardif is responsible for overseeing corporate business and product direction and leading the company to achieve its long-term goals. In this capacity he provides strategic direction on Capital Management, Financial Growth, M&A, Sales, Marketing, and Business Development. With over 28 years of direct IT experience as CTO, CIO, Architect, Development Manager, Consultant, Technology Investor, and Board ... (more)

Metrics for ITSM and Mom's Mini-Van

People, Process, Technology & Metrics… an ongoing drama. I’m one of those people who take my work home with me. I know, I know… there’s that whole work-life balance thing that I’m always “struggling” to overcome. But, I haven’t yet. I am kind of sorry about it, but at the same time… not deeply sorry. Anyway … I’ve wanted to put this concept in an analogy outside of IT for quite a while now, because these types of discussions can get so heated when *one such as myself* wants to make commentary about situations that happen every day. So, here goes… Goal: Clean Mom’s car as quickly as possible while maintaining peace and stability in the family. Metrics: Total Time to clean, Time to de-clutter, time to vacuum, total time to wash interior, total time to wash exterior, time to put away clutter in house **that wasn’t put away when children exited car as Mom and Dad asked ... (more)

Adaptivity Named “Gold Sponsor” of Cloud Computing Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that Adaptivity, the IT transformation company, was named "Gold Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, which will take place on November 2 - 4, 2009, Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California. The event is expected to attract over 1,500 developers, engineers, architects, IT managers, and hardware and software professionals of every stripe. These solutions help customers and partners change how they organize, architect, engineer and manage their IT supply chain.  The company's solutions help customers transform their datacenters, enable cloud computing paradigms, and radically reduce IT costs one application or volume store at a time. Adaptivity provides integrated solutions that automate IT Delivery optimization across enterprise computing environments. Their integrated solutions in... (more)

Adaptivity CEO Addresses Workloads and Cloud Computing

Adaptivity CEO Tony Bishop took his audience through a tour of what the self-described geek thinks is of critical importance when looking at workloads and cloud computing, in general session at the 4th International Cloud Computing Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley. "Who are the users? What do they want? How much are they willing to pay for it?," he asked rhetorically. "These are questions you need to address early, this is information you must collect before you even start thinking about the compute. Are you capturing this information (early) in the process?" he asked during his presentation. Key areas to address are: low latency, complex transactions, information integration, ubiquitous users, and numerical processing, he noted. "Measuring, metering, and monitoring the work, and understand its physics so that you can understand where to m... (more)

Cloud Computing Science--and Business

The big struggle over the past decade or so, as IT has become more dynamic and flexible, is to get the business side not only talking to the IT department, but for IT initiaives--even infrastructure--to reflect business goals. Get the dog to wag the tail, in other words. As we pass through the gates into the world of Cloud Computing, we are faced with entirely new challenges in aligning the business with the infrastructure. Cloud Computing offers a theoretically unlimited flexibility, and depending on its granularity, the ability for companies to pay for computing services in the way they'd use water or electricity. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! But you can't just snap your fingers and get your infrastructure-as-a-service delivered just the way you want it. Cloud Computing actually puts more pressure than ever on IT management to ... (more)