Well, that was fun. Spoke at 7PM this evening, at the end of a long day of presentations at the Cloud Computing Expo. I was a little afraid of a 7PM speaking slot, thinking people would rather be at the bar, than listening to me talk. Boy, was I wrong. Apparently, people were people standing in the hallway. Had I noticed, I certainly would have rearranged furniture to get more people in, even if it meant more people sitting on the floor!
First, as promised, here are the presentation materials:
It’s best to read the article first, then look at the presentation. The two mirror each other, as the presentation is a real presentation, not loaded with bullets and small-text.
The presentation was targeted at the Enterprise Architect, and hopefully left people in the room with thoughts about how to approach (and explain) cloud computing, and how to get started in the enterprise with a few best practices. Based on the nodding-heads in the audience, I think I touched a few key points.
Summarizing in my own words:
- Cloud computing is about turning a commodity into a utility.
- Integration is way too hard, non-technical people don’t understand, so discount the efforts.
- Moving what we can to a utility model lets us focus on what’s important and elevate our game.
- Integration, the easy stuff is way too hard, so we never get to do the cool stuff; just do it. Mistakes with cloud computing are much less expensive and irrevocable than they are with typical enterprise software purchases/deployments.
And, as for the best practices… well, just download the paper or the presentation.
I heard some great feedback afterwards that I was the “first presenter of the day who knew how to present.” That was the best feedback of all.
Thanks to all my friends, real and virtual, who attended. It was great to see so much support.