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Breaking Down Enterprise Silos in the Cloud

At Cloud Expo, EnterpriseWeb’s Jason Bloomberg to discuss an active approach to building & running cloud-friendly applications

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Are you re-creating existing technology silos in the cloud? If so, your entire enterprise investment in the cloud is at risk.

From the perspective of IT, organizational silos seem to be the root of all problems. Every line of business, every department, every functional area has its own requirements, its own technology preferences, and its own way of doing things. They have historically invested in specialized components for narrow purposes, which IT must then conventionally integrate via application middleware - increasing the cost, complexity, and brittleness of the overall architecture.

Now those same stakeholders want to move to the cloud. Save money with SaaS apps! Reduce data center costs with IaaS! Build a single private cloud we can all share! But breaking down the technical silos is easier said than done. There are endless problems: Static interfaces. Legacy technology. Inconsistent policies, rules, and processes. Crusty old middleware that predates the cloud. And everybody still has their own data model and their own version of the truth.

The cloud alone can't solve these complex challenges. We need a better approach to implementing technology that brings silos together, while allowing the personalization and customization that meets stakeholder needs. It's time to rethink how we handle both data and code to align with the storage and processing model of the cloud: distributed, horizontally scalable, and event-driven. We need an intelligent, active approach to building and running applications that is both dynamic and inherently cloud-friendly.

In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Jason Bloomberg, Chief Evangelist at EnterpriseWeb, will discuss:

  • How organizational silos, application silos, and infrastructure silos limit business agility
  • Why moving existing applications to the cloud won't break down silos, and in fact, will often make them worse
  • A novel, holistic approach for resolving the technical challenges with breaking down silos as enterprises move to the cloud

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Speaker Bio:
Jason Bloomberg is Chief Evangelist at EnterpriseWeb, where he drives the message and the community for EnterpriseWeb's next generation enterprise platform. He is a global thought leader in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution: How Cloud Computing, REST-based SOA, and Mobile Computing are Changing Enterprise IT (John Wiley & Sons), was published in March 2013. Prior to EnterpriseWeb he was President of ZapThink, where he created the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential.

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