Paul Lewis

FAQ - Farm Animals Quilting

Blog Post created by Paul Lewis Employee on Mar 31, 2014

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Daddy just asked me (with a louder than necessary volume) “Do you have ANY idea what time it is”? and then he suggested I should “get OFF the table, take OFF the cape,  and STOP yelling at the crocodile to get OUT of the kitchen”.  Oh Daddy…of course I know it’s 4:34 a.m.  I can read the microwave clock as well as you.  Duh!  <insert snort of derision>


I’m pretty sure he wants me to do something constructive with my time, and I see that he thoughtfully left his laptop open, so I guess I should finish his blog thingy.  How hard could that be?  I’ve read it before, doesn’t take a genius.


Let’s see, he hardly started (I guess he is as lazy as what Mommy says):


FAQ – New Understandings of Things we tend to not think much about….


1.     We have valuable data, however how would we articulate the possibilities and/or potential service value from that data?


Bucketization is the answer (with a three bucket minimum).  Created value of the data, would be dropped into one or more of these buckets:


  1. Enhancing Data: Providing services to your clients that enhance or enrich their business with data you possess. They might have 90% of the answer, and you can complete the puzzle.  Examples would be address scrubbing or location identification
  2. Creating Information: Providing services to your clients that organize, analyze, articulate, and correlate data in ways they might not understand or deem possible with their own skillsets or tools.  Create information from data.  Examples would include credit scoring or health checks
  3. Valued Application: Providing services that create new found value from underlying data sources (both internal and external).  Creating business applications of analytical results.  Examples would include client specific ad placement and automatic car maintenance appointments   


2.     What is Daddy's job?  What does he do at work?


From what I can tell, he works on computers.  He says he helps sell them, but I can’t see it happening.  When I went to his office a couple weeks ago, we mostly went to the coffee store and stared at a blank whiteboard.  I seem to remember Daddy saying the computers were for companies not for watching movies.  I’m pretty sure the people in those companies watch movies too though.


3.     We have implemented a new Mobile application; I’m done with the hard work now right?


Not so much. Congratulations on your new mobile application.   However, you have a few more items to consider:


  • You will now have a much more intimate transactional relationship with your clients since you are now on their personal devices.  The functionality you created is expected to be aware of other mobile activity like social interactions, location, usage, context awareness.  Interactivity is key to continued use of the application, or it will be deleted with every other app that misses the mark
  • Instead only a few touch points per year, your clients will be interacting with you far more frequently with an expected response time now (think of a normal SMS response from their friends)
  • The data you will be collecting has far more implications on privacy, and likely arrive faster and will be far more voluminous than your other applications.  Don’t lose sight of it
  • The expectation of availability is MUCH higher than your website. Presume there will never be an acceptable amount of downtime; regardless of user volume or technology currency challenges
  • Your clients will elect you to make it better, and more functional frequently.  Expect to make many revisions in a very short time frame


4.     What do I want to be when I grow up?


I want to be policeman and work in a candy factory.  No specific kind, I like all candy.


5.     How important is an elastic environment?


Very important.  I use elastics for almost everything: wrapping around the chip bag, creating a rope for my action figures, keeping my hair back in swimming.  Tonnes of stuff.


6.     Why would I ever want to use the Public Cloud if I already have a Private Cloud?


Fortunately, they are not mutually exclusive.


Think of Cloud in terms of “where applications are running” versus “where the hardware is located”; your perspective changes.  Consider that you have 100 business users and 10 business applications.  Of those 10 business applications, you have 6 different software vendors; each with a different way of delivering that software to the users:


  • 2 applications are legacy applications that need to sit on physical hardware: legacy data centre solution
  • 3 applications are 3 tier and browser-based, but need to be installed locally for data security reasons: private cloud solution
  • 5 applications are delivered in the vendors data centre: Managed private cloud solution
  • 2 application are installed within your environment, but remotely managed by the vendor: managed services solution
  • 3 applications are delivered as an industry resource and accessed by hundreds of other companies: public cloud solution
  • 5 applications are running within your data centre; but need to consume services widely available to the community: hybrid cloud solution


Its much more likely that you will have several different models to address all the needs of your business partners.  The question now becomes how you can manage them all?


7, 8, 9, 10. What's your favorite ride as Disney?


Ride? As in one?  No, my friend…RIDES! Just the top of my head….Spaceship Earth,  Soarin', Big Thunder Mountain, Jungle Cruise, Pirate of the Caribbean, Test Track…..


Well, now I’m bored, I must be done.  It’s 5:43.  Perfect, I need to let the dogs out.  It’s time to wake the neighbours.


Where is that Publish button….