Saturday, February 23, 2013

Dark clouds on the horizon?

To punctuate my previous two posts on cloud solutions, CIO Magazine offers up this observation:

Unfortunately, too often cloud applications and services are bought by people who really shouldn't be buying. Sure, they may have the budget ... but that doesn't mean they necessarily have the training to make good IT decisions, let alone the discipline or skills in their underlings to actually execute a coordinated technology strategy.

That's a juicy point. But I'm not trying to sensationalize the issue - cloud solutions are a necessary part of an overall IT strategy. The article goes on to make another important point:

Friday, February 22, 2013

Java - What, me worry?

There's an interesting article today on THE VERGE. Joshua Kopstein poses the question "Why won't Java just go away?" That leads to our question: "What is Java, and do I need to worry about it?"

Java is present on many PCs - Windows, Mac and Linux. It's a both a programming language and an application platform. It enables programmers to write software one time and then run it on any computer that supports Java. It also plugs in to most modern web browsers so that users can run a variety of web applications. But after reading today's article you might be wondering if you really need Java on your computer.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cloud for Small Business - Hot nor Not?

Last week I offered Rodney Roger's perspective on the place of cloud computing in the enterprise. His premise, with which I completely agree, is that current "enterprise" cloud offerings lack the breadth and depth of on-premise systems. To paraphrase him, Salesforce and Workday are not ERP. He's absolutely right. He also points to emerging cloud solutions that do fit well in the enterprise (Box and ZOHO). By the way, if you enjoyed his article, here's another.

But what about the SMB market? SMB is a broad category, and the smaller end of it has needs that are much different than the larger end of it. Do cloud services make sense?

Friday, February 15, 2013

Cloud: sexy - Enterprise: not so much

I read this article several weeks ago. I've pondered it. I've read it over again. Here's a quote:

If you unnaturally extend or generalize cloud solutions to me, or if you pontificate cloud idealisms without providing tangible platforms that can service what I am, then you waste my time. When you waste my time, I discard you.

Please don’t misdiagnose this as me being slow to adopt your solutions.

The Simple IT blog has moved!

Good evening everyone. As part of an overall effort to streamline my professional infrastructure, I've moved this blog to a new home on Blogger. All my previous posts have been relocated; unfortunately your comments were not :-(

Wordpress has been great. It offers a whole lot in terms of features and capability. But that's not why I moved the Simple IT blog.

You can still find the original Wordpress blog at if you're feeling nostalgic. But I'm not sure how long I'll leave it there.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty in space:

Hello Kitty Astronaut

7th-grader's science fair project. Successful launch, ascent, descent and recovery. Watch the video here.

Read the story here.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Hosteria Del Mar

The view from the beach in Condado, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Everyone needs to get away now and then.

Actually we were in PR for our son's wedding. We had a great time, enjoyed meeting new friends and seeing family. We had some wonderful meals too. The ceremony and reception went off without a hitch and the newlyweds jetted off for a honeymoon in Cancun.

But now we're back home. There's work to be done.