Thomas Bittman

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How to Create a Cloud Strategy That Fails Big!

by Tom Bittman  |  June 24, 2014  |  6 Comments

The elephant in the room is – everyone sees a different part of the elephant. Cloud computing is becoming widely adopted, and yet, there are very different schools of thought on exactly what “cloud” is all about. That’s partly due to the term “cloud computing” being used for a broad collection of services, delivered at […]


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Top Five Private Cloud Computing Trends, 2012

by Tom Bittman  |  March 22, 2012  |  16 Comments

Private cloud computing continues to heat up, and there are several key trends defining private cloud computing in 2012: 1) Real Deployments: We’ll see about a 10X increase in private cloud deployments in 2012. Enterprises will find where private cloud makes sense, and where it’s completely over-hyped. We’ll see successes – and there will also […]


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Private Cloud and Hot Tubs

by Tom Bittman  |  February 28, 2012  |  3 Comments

Sitting in my hot tub with my wife in central Wisconsin in February made me think about private cloud computing. Why? I was perfectly comfortable where I was, but I knew that eventually I was going to need to get out and make a run across the deck through below-freezing temperatures. I was going to […]


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Embracing the Blur

by Tom Bittman  |  February 9, 2011  |  4 Comments

We’re having an interesting discussion inside of Gartner (due credit to Neil MacDonald, Lydia Leong, Cameron Haight and David Cearley for the ideas in this post – I hope they post further on this). The concepts here aren’t new. For example, in 2004, I talked about “the walls coming down” between business, the data center […]


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Virtualization Unlocks Cloud Computing

by Tom Bittman  |  August 11, 2009  |  8 Comments

Few organizations that I talk to seem to understand the strategic ramifications of server virtualization. They tend to think about cost-cutting – virtualization simply as a form of efficient consolidation. We’ve surveyed our clients – those starting out on virtualization say they are doing it to save money. They are thinking tactically. Hey, there’s nothing […]


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21st Century Skills For Dummies

by Tom Bittman  |  January 30, 2009  |  7 Comments

21st century skills have been a hot topic in the world of education, and there is an overwhelming amount of 21st century skill information on the web. However, it’s not easy for every education professional to absorb what it means to them and their district. While many core skills haven’t changed, some are becoming more […]


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Our Kids Are Pushing Us

by Tom Bittman  |  January 7, 2009  |  3 Comments

Why is virtualization important? Why is cloud computing compelling? Why is agility becoming so important in data centers? It isn’t simply about saving money – although that does help create a business case. It’s about our inevitable cultural speed shift, and it’s driven by our kids. When I was young, I wanted everything “now”. We […]


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Can A Cloud Computing Provider Be Too Massive?

by Tom Bittman  |  September 15, 2008  |  4 Comments

It’s an interesting question, and I’ve written about this in research and seem to have conversations about this topic with vendors every day. There are two variables that make this interesting – economies of scale, and continued technology innovation. One of the benefits of being massive is the ability to leverage huge economies of scale. […]


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Building Private Clouds

by Tom Bittman  |  September 15, 2008  |  1 Comment

I’m getting an interesting question more often every week: “How do I become more cloud-like – what are cloud providers doing that I can emulate?” Several people at our Web Innovation Summit in L.A. this week have asked me the same question. The answer is important – for more than seven years, Gartner has been […]

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