Lydia Leong

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Servers are cheap, talent is expensive

by Lydia Leong  |  August 24, 2012  |  1 Comment

Of late, I’ve been talking to Amazon customers who are saying, you know, AWS gives us a ton of benefits, it makes a lot of things easy and fast that used to be hard, but in the end, we could do this ourselves, and probably do it at comparable cost or a cost that isn’t […]

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The challenge of hiring development teams

by Lydia Leong  |  December 17, 2011  |  Comments Off

A recent blog post on Forbes by Venkatesh Rao, The Rise of Developernomics, has ignited a lot of controversy around the concept that some developers are as much as 10x more productive than others. It’s not a new debate; the assertion that some developers are 20x more productive than others has been around forever, and […]

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Why developers make superior operators

by Lydia Leong  |  November 21, 2011  |  3 Comments

Developers who deeply understand the arcana of infrastructure, and operators who can code and understand the interaction of applications and infrastructure, are better than developers and operators who understand only their own discipline. But it’s typically easier, from the perspective of training, for a developer to learn operations, than for an operator to learn development. […]


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Do you really want to be in the cloud?

by Lydia Leong  |  November 20, 2011  |  1 Comment

People often ask me what it’s like to be an analyst at Gartner, and for me, the answer is, “It’s a life of constant client conversations.” Over the course of a typical year, I’ll do something on the order of 1,200 formal one-on-one conversations (or one-on-small-team, if the client brings in some other colleagues), generally […]

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To become like a cloud provider, fire everyone here

by Lydia Leong  |  November 18, 2011  |  2 Comments

A recent client inquiry of mine involved a very large enterprise, who informed me that their executives had decided that IT should become more like a cloud provider — like Google or Facebook or Amazon. They wanted to understand how they should transform their organization and their IT infrastructure in order to do this. There […]


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The cloud is not magic

by Lydia Leong  |  June 8, 2010  |  10 Comments

Just because it’s in the cloud doesn’t make it magic. And it can be very, very dangerous to assume that it is. I recently talked to an enterprise client who has a group of developers who decided to go out, develop, and run their application on Amazon EC2. Great. It’s working well, it’s inexpensive, and […]


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Lightweight Provisioning != Lightweight Process

by Lydia Leong  |  May 25, 2010  |  1 Comment

Congratulations, you’ve virtualized (or gone to public cloud IaaS) and have the ability to instantly and easily provision capacity. Now, stop and shoot yourself in the foot by not implementing a lightweight procurement process to go with your lightweight provisioning technology. That’s all too common of a story, and it highlights a critical aspect of […]

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The convenience of not coping

by Lydia Leong  |  April 30, 2010  |  1 Comment

There’s a lot to be said for the ability to get a server for less than the price of a stick of chewing gum. But convenience has a price, and it’s sufficient that shared hosters, blog hosters, and other folks who make their daily pittance from infrastructure-plus-a-little-extra aren’t especially threatened by cloud infrastructure services. For […]

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What’s mid-sized?

by Lydia Leong  |  July 27, 2009  |  1 Comment

As I talk to clients, it strikes me that companies with fairly similar IT infrastructures can use very different words to describe how they feel about it. One client might say, “Oh, we’re just a small IT shop, we’ve only got a little over 250 servers, we think cloud computing is for people like us.” […]

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Does Procurement know what you care about?

by Lydia Leong  |  June 26, 2009  |  3 Comments

In many enterprises, IT folks decide what they want to buy and who they want to buy it from, but Procurement negotiates the contract, manages the relationship, and has significant influence on renewals. Right now, especially, purchasing folks have a lot of influence, because they’re often now the ones who go out and shop for […]


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