What if "The Cloud" visited a psychiatrist? Does Cloud and Cloud Computing
need therapy? Are they suffering from split personality disorder? With so
many people giving different definitions of what Cloud Computing is, no
wonder The Cloud has an identity crisis. Be a fly on the wall and listen in
to the Cloud's therapy session.
Scene: Office of Dr. Virgil I. Zation, a noted Silicon Valley Psychiatrist.
Dr. Zation is having a therapy session with a new patient named Cloud.
Doctor: How can I help you, Mr. Cloud?
Cloud: You can drop the "Mr." and just call me "The Cloud."
Doctor: Ok, Cloud. What brings you to my office?
Cloud: Doctor, I think I'm in an identity crisis. I just don't seem to know
who I am anymore. On the one hand, I'm "The Cloud." I've got a handle on that
identity, but now people are talking about "Cloud Computing," and it's really
confusing me, and worst of ... (more)
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As an IT professional, you talk about IT issues all the time. But when you
speak to a business crowd, well… it can sometimes be very challenging, to
say the least.
Have you ever been faced with this type of communication challenge? Let's say
you're talking about cloud computing to your business users. After two
minutes of speaking, your audience's eyes glaze over, brows furrow and
zombie-like faces stare back at you. And no matter how many times you
rephrase and restate your ideas, still, you're talking to a bl... (more)
The newest target population is IT presenters, and the geographic scope of
this nascent disease is now global. Rapid onslaught of symptoms include the
inability to focus and then agitation. Physical symptoms are fidgeting, then
heavy sighing, culminating in the urge to scream. The final symptom is
Cerebral Mortis: the brain just shuts down.
The original or parent disease is DBP: Death by Power Point, but a recent
variation, the F5 strain, is gaining strength especially in the IT community.
What is this new mutation of Death by Power Point?
The new strain embeds ... (more)
When non-IT folks listen to technology staff talk about IT, it's a bit like
trying to crack the Da Vinci Code. It sometimes seems like a secret language
that confuses and maybe even intimidate business users. But by following a
few communication best practices, IT personnel can crack "the code" and have
an effective and successful dialogue with their business units.
Scene one: The CIO walked into her doctor's office complaining of sore throat
and a fever. She was a bit concerned about the rumors of swine flu hitting
IT personnel. "No," her doctor assured her, "You don't have swi... (more)
New Media on Ulitzer
Today, CIOs are turned on, You Tubed-in and highly social. They use
Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
They blog and appear in videos and engage with their constituents via
collaborative technologies. Very hi tech but very low touch.
Advice to CIOs: Go Primitive
The question is: are we relying too much on technology to communicate our
messages and forgetting the human element? It might seem blasphemous to even
suggest not using technology to connect and communicate, but pull back for a
moment. Have you considered going primitive?
The Urban Dictionary explains g... (more)