Profile of Charles BabcockEditor at Large, Cloud
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Charles Babcock is an editor-at-large for InformationWeek and author of Management Strategies for the Cloud Revolution, a McGraw-Hill book. He is the former editor-in-chief of Digital News, former software editor of Computerworld and former technology editor of Interactive Week. He is a graduate of Syracuse University where he obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism. He joined the publication in 2003.
Articles by Charles Babcock
Enterprise data centers aren't going away soon, but the role of the cloud will expand rapidly in our personal and business lives.
In a world increasingly dependent on software, we may need to develop the art of falling back to the most recent system that worked.
Two major standards bodies have grabbed the bull by the horns in an attempt to make workloads and services mobile across clouds.
We now say, 'Software is eating the world.' In 1984, many years ago, it was clear that it was going to change it.
It might seem unlikely, but the sweeping change brought about by a cloud implementation sometimes breeds its own resistance.
Mike Sutcliff says Accenture Digital helps companies transition from legacy to digital operations to resist disruption, find new customers.
ScaleArc: If cloud services are the "white knight" sent to solve IT problems, then database as a service is going to fall short.
If Amazon expands into food delivery, it will obtain a treasure of consumer information that it can use for its next expansion.
After a two-year effort, the Open Container Initiative has its image specification and runtime spec ready for vendors and container users.
Amazon's online ordering started the company's success; efficient distribution will continue to expand its retail footprint.
Bryson Koehler, CTO of IBM Watson/Cloud, predicts a more unified face, powerful compute engine for IBM Cloud in coming year.
The Hackett Group has attempted to define how a company gets to the digital transformation stage in its latest statistical report.
A survey of 600 IT and business professionals finds more new skills are needed to keep the business up to date and competitive.
Amazon may be poised to enter the pharmacy as well as grocery business; it trains customers to expect quick delivery.
Chinese giants Alibaba and Tencent to challenge the world in bicycle rentals, while spiffing up their digital services.
Google Cloud Chief Diane Greene predicts Google's expanding, advance cloud services will soon place it among the Gartner designated leaders.
Data center infrastructure management is a new form of automation, minimizing some legacy system drawbacks.
The US Air Force is determined to get more agile to produce applications that can be useful in times of conflict.
Alphabet has a shot at winning the smart home device market with Google Home vs. Amazon Alexa, according to an Edison Investment Research report.
A PwC survey of 2,500 leading companies finds 19% have apppointed CDOs, up 300% from the year before.
Forrester Research says competitive advantage will follow big data analytics' move to the cloud; join in, or get left behind.
Google is close but still no cigar when it comes to sharing the realm of the cloud leaders in the Gartner IaaS Magic Quadrant.
Gartner's 2017 Magic Quadrant for Infrastructure as a Service shows a newcomer, Chinese supplier Alibaba; Amazon maintains its leadership.
IBM helps AIG create a cross-country, multi-party international risk policy tailored to use blockchain's security and trust.
A Cisco report claims $2.3 trillion is waiting to be realized through digitized services, city management; cites Houston, Oslo, Barcelona as examples.
Harvard Business Review Analytics finds smaller enterprises gaining more from hybrid cloud than large enterprises.
PwC report on the 2017 Global Digital IQ says some organizations becoming top performers in going digital; others, not so much.
Survey: Organizations that adopt disciplined DevOps thrive in ways that remain difficult for others; automation, quality, continuous delivery.
Stanley Black & Decker sees an expanded role for itself in the digital economy and is exploring how AWS Greengrass will enable it to launch new services.
Red Hat cloud architect Julio Villarreal-Pelegrino says you don't need to know OpenStack to succeed at implementing it.
Director of IT Ken Griffin tells an Interop ITX audience there are savings on Amazon, provided you make it through the expensive, "migration bubble".
Mary Meeker's Global Internet Trends: As the digital age expands, so does fear of technology lock-in by cloud vendors.
Shutterstock grew so fast it needed to convert applications and move them into the Amazon cloud quickly; API-based development followed.
It's practical, not theoretical. Developers who rely on cloud resources will be among those producing the software 'eating the world.'
Cloud Security Alliance sees danger, issues guidelines for how we'll need to secure the connected vehicle environment in the future.
A group of major backers has formed the Project19 Foundation to support standardized gear and networking across cloud data centers.
In its 19th annual survey, Harvey Nash/KPMG found CIOs preoccupied with making companies more digital, and expected to fill more strategic role.
Lines of business want services fast; IT will need an investment budget that allows it to try to achieve desired solutions and sometimes fail.
Three-and-a-half years ago, Cisco launched DevNet to prepare developers for the programmable network, accessed through APIs. A Cisco exec provided an update in an Interop ITX keynote.
CTO of MTM Technologies Bill Kleyman says your future customers will reach you over the Internet of Things.
Nemertes analyst says research shows lower cost for cloud for some types of workloads; results are less clear for predictable, steady-state apps.
GE spent several years trying to effect its own digital transformation; now it's issued a playbook on how it's done.
A new Magic Quadrant looks at platforms for the high-productivity building of applications, including mobile apps; Salesforce scores.
At Interop May 18, Cornelia Davis will describe the elements of cloud-native software, the type that's designed to be change-tolerant.
In the midst of a rush to the cloud, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd told Fortune 'real estate' is not much of a factor. He may learn otherwise.
At Interop, Mark Tonsetic of CEB will discuss how your view of the digital future should start guiding IT investments.
Interop speaker Bill Kleyman sees security as one component of the Internet of Things, which all companies are going to have to embrace.
In its annual survey, the Uptime Institute finds enterprise cloud usage flat, even while the server footprint shrinks.
State of IT in 2017 shows stresses of expectations of the 'customer era,' need for advanced skills sets on beleaguered staffs.
In the third quarter of 2016, IBM bid for a larger share of the enterprise market in the cloud by dropping storage prices; AWS, other bigs followed.
IT Director Ken Griffin knew a half-committed move to the cloud would never get there; he adopted a lights-out date for the data center.
Net-A-Porter didn't know how much money it was leaving on the table when the Web site failed to keep up with traffic. New microservices captured it.
You can join cloud computing expert and InformationWeek editor at large Charles Babcock as he takes in his pick of more than two dozen informative cloud related presentations at the upcoming Interop ITX in May.
Alex Grigoryan needed to attack multiple fronts as he revamped the Walmart Web site; the answer was decentralized agile teams with Node.js.
It's not simple: Nemertes CIO John Burke to explain how to evaluate your TCO when using a cloud service and whether real savings are available.
Regions around the world are adopting AI at different rates. A TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) survey illustrates how it may allow its adopters to outstrip competitors.
Interop ITX will offer a day-long, Container Crash Course for those who want to learn more about containers' impact on enterprise operations.
Splunk's Chief Technology Advocate Andi Mann will sound off on DevOps as a culture-driven phenomenon at Interop ITX and the disciplines it requires.
451 Research found in a survey that Microsoft Azure appeal was up from 22% to 35% of respondents in two years.
At the heart of disaster recovery is database system recovery, and ScaleArc urges users to think active/active, not DR.
HPE and Cisco are joined by merged Dell EMC as big three contenders to supply cloud providers. Are white box manufacturers a threat?
Xceligent CIO Joe Emison to talk about how IT must change if Marc Andreesen's 'software is eating the world' proves to be true.
Cloud Elements study analyzes data on enterprise API use and concludes that API use is growing rapidly, but it also takes careful management.
When Segment found its AWS bill going up unexpectedly, it did a deep dive to find the cause and realized a $1 million annual savings.
Gerry Imhoff knew things had to change, but it would need to be a culture change, not a new generation of technology.
RightScale issued its sixth annual State of the Cloud report and found Docker a top DevOps tool, but concerns about 30% usage cloud waste.
Cloudflare CEO Prince has published a persuasive case that Cloudbleed hasn't caused any detectable damage. Let's go slow on that.
When The Liberty Group found increasing demand for its services in 2012, it rehired Rob Hiltbrand to take it to the cloud.
AbbVie architect Keith Townsend will discuss how serverless functions in the cloud can be meshed with IT operations on premises when he presents at Interop ITX.
At Interop ITX, JP Morgenthal of CSC will describe what changes when it comes to operations management in a move to the cloud.
At its Next conference in San Francisco. Google outlined some of the ways it is using a $30-billion investment to increase its footprint in the enterprise cloud sector.
AWS operations explains that it was tougher to restart its S3 index system this time than the last time they tried to restart it.
Red Hat's principal cloud architect says you can get into OpenStack, one step at a time, accomplishing business objectives along the way.
Serverless computing is a concept that's difficult to encapsulate in a few short words, as illustrated in our expert discussion.
At Interop ITX 2017, a container deployment expert will demonstrate how users can select an option for moving containers to the cloud.
Survey by Atlassian finds wide worker expectbations of working alongside AI software and discomfort with the prospect.
The online user content capture system, Evernote, has moved 2.9 PBs of data into the Google Cloud and shut down its primary data center.
Bloomberg has created an open source way to use machine-learning models to weight searches, then add their values to the Solr search engine.
OpenStack is presented as a good container management environment; what if container managers can manage the infrastructure as well?
Soon after an IBM round table on cognitive computing in San Francisco, the need for it at that location became abundantly clear.
Deloitte Consulting report on the future of IT sees 'Unbound IT' aligned with the 'kinetic enterprise' and able to tap external tech resources.
Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, says Project Zun gives enterprise IT a new reason to reconsider OpenStack for private clouds.
Deloitte Consulting cites seven emerging technologies as critical to the future of IT: dark analytics, mixed reality and blockchain included.
The Ponemon Institute shows how IT security staffs want better technology tools and better skill sets to ward off invasive threats.
Google and Microsoft are sometimes portrayed as overtaking Amazon Web Services; better read between the lines.
Intel re-architects x86 toward the needs of the cloud, builds in management features for large scale server power savings.
A Dimension Data survey of development professionals found most enterprises have adopted agile methods, but only 14% can update hourly.
John Howie, former COO of the Cloud Security Alliance, says secure providers aren't enough; threats to users are evolving fast.
A wave of change is sweeping through the suppliers of ITSM, reflecting the enhanced ability to add analytics and automation to the field.
Nokia's total cost of ownership study finds most enterprises can save 25% of data center costs by converting it to private cloud.
Kubernetes advocate points to software's roots inside Google, its self-healing features and its container cluster know-how.
Researchers at SUSE and Docker turned up a previously unknown vulnerability in container operations and issued a patch.
Our '2017 State of Cloud' report finds private cloud losing its viability and hybrid cloud operations too complex; public cloud use advancing.
Containers are less an option and more an essential technology for achieving the agile company needed to survive in the digital economy.
VMware survey shows digital workspace users gaining enterprise agility through greater mobile workforce activity, added business initiative.
The giant Italian utility, Enel, is moving to the cloud to support it's Open Power strategy around the world, adding green power sources.
451 Research sees containers filling a more prominent role in the cloud technologies market by 2020; the container ecosystem growing fast.
Foundation finds more countries passing restrictions on use of intellectual property within their borders, export of data out.
Amazon's retail operation is now paired with what's known to be a highly successful cloud business: Are the two accelerating each other?
The surprise appearance of a tractor-trailer rig on stage at AWS ReInvent in Las Vegas illustrated a new way to move a petabyte of data into AWS data centers.