James Belton

What’s stopping your cloud adoption?

As an IBM Cloud Adoption Leader, I spend a lot of time with clients who are implementing projects in the IBM Cloud. Typically, but not always, I get involved when there’s something blocking the project or otherwise hindering progress. These tend to fall into a small number of common categories: 1. The tools are not […]

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5 ongoing changes in the world of cloud

I was recently invited to talk to a group of IT professionals on the theme of trends in cloud computing. Thinking about the brief and my experiences working in the field for the past few years, my talk centered on five major trends and signs of changes that I’m seeing on a day-to-day basis: 1. […]

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How’s your cloud confidence?

I learned a lot at IBM InterConnect this year, but most importantly, I learned how cloud computing and having super powers are surprisingly similar concepts. I had a great time speaking with clients at the Cloud Confidence Center on the concourse. The central feature of the space was our cloud story string board, which was […]

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Why true cloud adoption is increasingly important

Recently, I have noticed that the subject of cloud conversations I have with clients has shifted. They are moving away from asking “How do I start with cloud?” and focusing more on this request: “We have cloud; help us adopt and make full use of it.” Cloud adoption is important and can be easily overlooked. […]

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Why analytics is a key tool for retail

Success in retail is contingent on offering the customer the right product in the right environment. Matching the two can be hard, since no two customers are the same, and external forces as diverse as catwalk trends and the weather affect demand and purchasing decisions. In the digital age, consumers interact with stores and service […]

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How cloud brokerage matches the right cloud to your workload

I’ve had a lot of conversations this past year with clients who have wanted to deploy new or move existing workloads into the cloud. Asking a few fundamental questions about the application’s operational requirements can turn a simple case of deploying code and data to a cloud environment into something rather more complex. For example, […]

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Reference architectures can speed your route to cloud

One of the most difficult aspects of choosing a cloud road map is knowing where to start. In some respects, it’s also tough to know where to finish, even if there is already some cloud adoption in the organization. It’s a journey that thousands of organizations have already traveled. If only there was a way […]

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Great mobile applications come from a great mobile development platform

Users increasingly expect more and more from their mobile applications. Where mobile apps once simply supplemented a larger application with useful-but-limited functionality, they now — in many cases — have become the key interface that drives sales or user adoption of a service because they offer an “any time, any place” experience. Increased functionality has […]

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All about OpenStack and why it matters

I recently attended a week of presentations about OpenStack, looking to get a deeper understanding of what it is all about and why it’s important. Here’s what I learned. An OpenStack cloud is driven by a collection of open source software that allows organizations to build and manage cloud environments via the OpenStack API. The […]

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Grocery shopping the cognitive way

Buying groceries. What a drag. You have to think about what your schedule is that week and what the rest of the family is up to. You have to think about what the kids will eat, even though that changes on a daily basis. Have you got friends or a family event coming up this […]

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