July 2016  |   David Richards, Network World

The democratization of data in the cloud

Data democratization puts crucial business information into the hands of those who need it the most.  “Data is the new oil, the new natural resource of our time” is something I have often said. Yet this is misleading. Having a lot of data sitting around is, in fact, worthless. The real value...
June 2016  |   David Richards, The Huffington Post

Zen and the art of cloud computing

“The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn’t any other test. If the machine produces tranquility, it’s right. If it disturbs you it’s wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed” wrote Pirsig in 1974 in his classic book Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance...
June 2016  |   David Richards, Cloud Tech News

Hybrid Cloud and software defined data centres: how companies can have it both ways

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the fastest growing enterprise company that the world has ever seen - a testament to the fact that huge numbers of businesses are moving their data to the cloud not only to save on costs but to be able to analyse their data more effectively.  Netflix, Airbnb, the...
June 2016  |   David Richards, Network World

Banking on the cloud

Conventional wisdom that companies in regulated industries are avoiding the public cloud no longer applies.
May 2016  |   David Richards, Network World

Data Gravity: the new KPI for tech companies

Some cloud vendors are beating competitors with their ability to accumulate knowledge about customers and deeply understand their needs Data is the new natural resource of our time. Information that was previously thrown away is transforming every facet of business as organizations use technology...
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