Welcome!

Microservices Expo Authors: Elizabeth White, Gopala Krishna Behara, Sridhar Chalasani, Tirumala Khandrika, Kelly Burford

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Microservices Expo, Machine Learning , Agile Computing, Cloud Security, Government Cloud

@CloudExpo: Blog Feed Post

Take Two Apps and Call Me in the Morning

Hyper-funding cloud innovations

I have been especially excited about the recent Canada Health Infoway Cloud strategy document, because I understand their importance in the overall “supply chain” of Canadian e-Health technologies like EHR – Electronic Healthcare Records, and what large scale challenges this particular sector faces.

This scale and these challenges has been very effectively discussed in this feature article from the Globe’s latest Report on Business supplement – Take Two Apps and Call Me in the Morning.

Could the Elderly Bankrupt Canada?
The article pulls no punches in any of the questions it asks about the issue as a whole, especially noting just how expensive it could be for Canada if they get e-Health wrong.

As they head towards the demographic loading of the baby boomer retirements, there will be a strain on both costs and resources.

E-Health technology would provide the leverage to handle these challenges but Canada is woefully behind in the uptake and adoption of it. This means that as this demographic shift occurs, the infrastructure will strain to the degree that experts feel it could even bankrupt the country.

The article includes a quote from the Infoway CEO himself admitting Canada is “at the back of the bus” in comparison to other developed nations.

Canada Health Infoway is the national standards organization for growing adoption of E-Health technology and their CEO Richard Alvarez considered the country`s mandarin on the topic.

The Canada Cloud Roadmap
The critical point is that this low uptake level of technology isn’t unique to e-Healthcare, the nation is struggling with a declining innovation productivity because it’s also slower and lower in areas like small business and government.

In government reports like ‘Building Canada’s Digital Advantage’ the federal government calls for more proactive adoption of new technologies like Cloud computing by the public sector, to ‘lead the way’ as innovators, but it doesn’t happen.

Healthcare is a sensitive and powerful demonstration area for the impact of this poor innovation & adoption performance.

Slide 4 of this presentation shows that Canada is significantly behind other nations like the UK, Australia and New Zealand in their adoption, and  this Globe news piece, about adoption of new bar-coding technologies to eliminate medication errors.

The Canadian Institute for Health Improvement estimates that medication errors affect more than one million patients each year, with more than 700 of them dying as a result. The bar-coding system is intended to reduce this by eliminating the errors that can occur in more manual processes, so it’s quite obvious the societal as well as economic costs of low levels of technology investment and uptake.

The idea of our “Canada Cloud Roadmap” is to help tackle these types of issues by providing a forum to focus on technology acceleration patterns, like Technology Roadmapping.

The Roadmap will be developed with these e-Health requirements added to the program mix.

Hyper-funding Cloud innovations
The reason for this type of activity is that Canada has the opportunity to “kill two birds with one stone”, which is that the ideal solution is to grow a more successful and vibrant technology innovation sector.

More e-Health start-ups, who receive adequate funding etc., will provide the groundswell to drive the industry momentum.

One of the key insights to address this situation is that it’s often quoted that IT start-ups in Canada lack access to any venture financing, due to a weak VC industry.

However the article makes the headline point, that Infoway themselves have consumed $2.1 billion in funding from Ottawa since 2001.

Clearly $2 billion is a healthy sum of money which for all intents and purpose is intended for the same goal – Of driving e-Health innovations and nurturing it’s successful uptake throughout the industry. The article reports poor successes with this financing and so at one level it’s a question of which investment strategy will work best.

There is no government law that says this money all has to be spent using the same procurement models, the same suppliers, … It’s entirely open to new ideas and new models, and with those being more entrepreneurial in nature then we can start to see the two birds standing together.

In the article the author quotes analysts who anticipate a global market of $32 billion by 2015 for e-Healthcare, and point out how in Canada providers like Telus have pumped in $1 billion to their play for the sector. In Montreal the consulting firm CGI nets $350m revenues from the sector.

In short it’s a massive spending sector and so a suitable place to set up a basecamp for a general technology innovation push.

Even a small % of $2 billion that is directed more towards entrepreneurs and ventures will yield an industry catalyst effect that coaches out better performance from the big contracts too.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Cloud Best Practices Network

The Cloud Best Practices Network is an expert community of leading Cloud pioneers. Follow our best practice blogs at http://CloudBestPractices.net

@MicroservicesExpo Stories
The past few years have brought a sea change in the way applications are architected, developed, and consumed—increasing both the complexity of testing and the business impact of software failures. How can software testing professionals keep pace with modern application delivery, given the trends that impact both architectures (cloud, microservices, and APIs) and processes (DevOps, agile, and continuous delivery)? This is where continuous testing comes in. D
The goal of Microservices is to improve software delivery speed and increase system safety as scale increases. Microservices being modular these are faster to change and enables an evolutionary architecture where systems can change, as the business needs change. Microservices can scale elastically and by being service oriented can enable APIs natively. Microservices also reduce implementation and release cycle time and enables continuous delivery. This paper provides a logical overview of the Mi...
Some journey to cloud on a mission, others, a deadline. Change management is useful when migrating to public, private or hybrid cloud environments in either case. For most, stakeholder engagement peaks during the planning and post migration phases of a project. Legacy engagements are fairly direct: projects follow a linear progression of activities (the “waterfall” approach) – change managers and application coders work from the same functional and technical requirements. Enablement and develo...
For DevOps teams, the concepts behind service-oriented architecture (SOA) are nothing new. A style of software design initially made popular in the 1990s, SOA was an alternative to a monolithic application; essentially a collection of coarse-grained components that communicated with each other. Communication would involve either simple data passing or two or more services coordinating some activity. SOA served as a valid approach to solving many architectural problems faced by businesses, as app...
The “Digital Era” is forcing us to engage with new methods to build, operate and maintain applications. This transformation also implies an evolution to more and more intelligent applications to better engage with the customers, while creating significant market differentiators. In both cases, the cloud has become a key enabler to embrace this digital revolution. So, moving to the cloud is no longer the question; the new questions are HOW and WHEN. To make this equation even more complex, most ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Synametrics Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Synametrics Technologies is a privately held company based in Plainsboro, New Jersey that has been providing solutions for the developer community since 1997. Based on the success of its initial product offerings such as WinSQL, Xeams, SynaMan and Syncrify, Synametrics continues to create and hone in...
Many IT organizations have come to learn that leveraging cloud infrastructure is not just unavoidable, it’s one of the most effective paths for IT organizations to become more responsive to business needs. Yet with the cloud comes new challenges, including minimizing downtime, decreasing the cost of operations, and preventing employee burnout to name a few. As companies migrate their processes and procedures to their new reality of a cloud-based infrastructure, an incident management solution...
Some people are directors, managers, and administrators. Others are disrupters. Eddie Webb (@edwardawebb) is an IT Disrupter for Software Development Platforms at Liberty Mutual and was a presenter at the 2016 All Day DevOps conference. His talk, Organically DevOps: Building Quality and Security into the Software Supply Chain at Liberty Mutual, looked at Liberty Mutual's transformation to Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, and DevOps. For a large, heavily regulated industry, this task...
Modern software design has fundamentally changed how we manage applications, causing many to turn to containers as the new virtual machine for resource management. As container adoption grows beyond stateless applications to stateful workloads, the need for persistent storage is foundational - something customers routinely cite as a top pain point. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Bill Borsari, Head of Systems Engineering at Datera, explored how organizations can reap the bene...
Kubernetes is an open source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Kubernetes was originally built by Google, leveraging years of experience with managing container workloads, and is now a Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) project. Kubernetes has been widely adopted by the community, supported on all major public and private cloud providers, and is gaining rapid adoption in enterprises. However, Kubernetes may seem intimidating and complex ...
Gaining visibility in today’s sprawling cloud infrastructure is complex and laborious, involving drilling down into tools offered by various cloud services providers. Enterprise IT organizations need smarter and effective tools at their disposal in order to address this pertinent problem. Gaining a 360 - degree view of the cloud costs requires collection and analysis of the cost data across all cloud infrastructures used inside an enterprise.
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
Gone are the days when application development was the daunting task of the highly skilled developers backed with strong IT skills, low code application development has democratized app development and empowered a new generation of citizen developers. There was a time when app development was in the domain of people with complex coding and technical skills. We called these people by various names like programmers, coders, techies, and they usually worked in a world oblivious of the everyday pri...
Our work, both with clients and with tools, has lead us to wonder how it is that organizations are handling compliance issues in the cloud. The big cloud vendors offer compliance for their infrastructure, but the shared responsibility model requires that you take certain steps to meet compliance requirements. Which lead us to start poking around a little more. We wanted to get a picture of what was available, and how it was being used. There is a lot of fluidity in this space, as in all things ...
The dynamic nature of the cloud means that change is a constant when it comes to modern cloud-based infrastructure. Delivering modern applications to end users, therefore, is a constantly shifting challenge. Delivery automation helps IT Ops teams ensure that apps are providing an optimal end user experience over hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud environments, no matter what the current state of the infrastructure is. To employ a delivery automation strategy that reflects your business rules, making r...
The notion of improving operational efficiency is conspicuously absent from the healthcare debate - neither Obamacare nor the newly proposed GOP plan discusses the impact that a step-function improvement in efficiency could have on access to healthcare (through more capacity), quality of healthcare services (through reduced wait times for patients) or cost (through better utilization of scarce, expensive assets).
Admiral Calcote - also known as Lee Calcote (@lcalcote) or the Ginger Geek to his friends - gave a presentation entitled Characterizing and Contrasting Container Orchestrators at the 2016 All Day DevOps conference. Okay, he isn't really an admiral - nor does anyone call him that - but he used the title admiral to describe what container orchestrators do, relating it to an admiral directing a fleet of container ships. You could also say that they are like the conductor of an orchestra, directing...
Cloud Governance means many things to many people. Heck, just the word cloud means different things depending on who you are talking to. While definitions can vary, controlling access to cloud resources is invariably a central piece of any governance program. Enterprise cloud computing has transformed IT. Cloud computing decreases time-to-market, improves agility by allowing businesses to adapt quickly to changing market demands, and, ultimately, drives down costs.
Recent survey done across top 500 fortune companies shows almost 70% of the CIO have either heard about IAC from their infrastructure head or they are on their way to implement IAC. Yet if you look under the hood while some level of automation has been done, most of the infrastructure is still managed in much tradition/legacy way. So, what is Infrastructure as Code? how do you determine if your IT infrastructure is truly automated?
Every few years, a disruptive force comes along that prompts us to reframe our understanding of what something means, or how it works. For years, the notion of what a computer is and how you make one went pretty much unchallenged. Then virtualization came along, followed by cloud computing, and most recently containers. Suddenly the old rules no longer seemed to apply, or at least they didn’t always apply. These disruptors made us reconsider our IT worldview.