The RFP for Elections Canada provides the ideal blueprint for planning the
development of Cloud provider services.
It typifies the majority of potential clients that web hosting providers can
address, and describes exactly the technical enhancements they're looking for
to begin the move from a traditional web hosting approach to a new Cloud
computing paradigm, and broader set of MSP services.
Elections Canada is an ideal product development blueprint because they're
atypical of the market as a whole. They launched their web presence in the
mid 90's with simple HTML, and then began enhancing it with custom .net code
to add in more interactive functionality. Since then it's grown organically
into an estate of over 16Gb of ASP, HTML pages and 6,500 PDF files. As they
state the design of this environment has now remained unchanged for almost 10
years, and so a Cloud com... (more)
Recently I launched a new initiative to help accelerate Cloud Computing
innovation in Canada, the OpenRFP Network.
A number of key concepts inspired this project, most notably Cisco's vision
for how Michael Porter's cluster strategy for economic development can be
upgraded through new technology, their 'Next Generation Cluster' model, and
the 'Forward Commitment Procurement' ideas pioneered in the UK.
Both share a common theme, that Government spending can be leveraged as a
mechanism for stimulating innovation.
The critical point being this isn't their... (more)
We’ve just published our first main ‘Solution Guide’, a complete
snapshot of how Cloud is applied in one specific area, in this case the
MicrosoftCloud.biz is intended as a channel marketing tool to envelop all
aspects of the Microsoft Cloud supply chain, ranging from in-house Private
Cloud through Azure hosting and Office 365.
As part of this we’ve started looking at specific client scenarios for the
Microsoft set, like Salesforce 2.0 and also how the Globe and Mail might use
an Azure/FAST combo like the Chicago Tribune group.
EDaaS – GC Docs from the Clou... (more)
Canada has a notorious ‘Innovation Gap’, that is seeing the country slip
further and further behind the rest of the world embracing the new
technology-enabled Knowledge Economy.
They are scoring a ‘D for Innovation‘, which is no surprise given they
are also scoring a D for openness to new IT models like Cloud Computing, as
Telus reports in this press release.
The principle business benefit of Cloud Computing is that it provides a
platform for encouraging and enabling more innovation – More prototyping,
faster product development cycles, lower risk for trialling new ideas, and so ... (more)
A headline theme for our next webinar will be ‘Microsoft Private Cloud
Private Cloud Application Platform
Two years ago I described an upcoming market that I initially defined as the
Private Cloud Application Platform.
Recently Microsoft began prosecuting this space with their PCSS initiative,
the Private Cloud Solutions Suite, bringing together a partner group that
enables the PCAP I described, wrapping lots of value around the core MS suite
of Hyper-V and System Centre.
This really starts to get the right ingredients for the real secret sauce to
the Private Cloud story.... (more)