Cloud, SaaS, PaaS, SOA, Web 2.0: What Were They Again? Reflections After a Stint on the Other Side

29 Apr

Hello.  I have been somewhat absent of late.  Please let me explain.

Basically I left Fujitsu Services in November 2008 to have a change of scene after working on cloud strategy for three years.  This change of scene turned out to be effectively working as CTO of the General Insurance business at Lloyds TSB (a big bank in the UK) and hence already much closer to the coal face of today’s IT realities.  At about the same time Lloyds TSB decided to acquire another big UK bank named HBOS as a result of the global financial crisis.  What ensued for me was thus 18 months of hardcore enterprise architecture, driving the development of a target operating model and roadmap for the IT capability of the merged insurance organisation and leading a great group of architects in its realisation.

I don’t really plan to talk much about the work I did other than to say that:

  1. I got to do a lot of EA work – particularly focused around the business capability concepts I’ve often discussed on this blog in the past;
  2. I had the opportunity to reflect deeply on the way in which a large and mature internal IT organisation works, the needs of modern businesses and my beliefs in new IT business models;
  3. I had a great time working with a fantastic group of people and together we managed to deal successfully with some pretty huge challenges; and
  4. I discovered that the pressures of such a huge undertaking weren’t really conducive to out-of-hours blogging, lol.

Once again things are on the move for me, however; as I was arriving at the end of a phase of delivery I was offered the opportunity to work with the software arm of the Fujitsu Group on cloud computing again.  Given that my interest in the subject had never waned I regretfully decided to leave Lloyds TSB and start a fresh challenge with some new perspectives.

As a result I am rebooting this blog to return to my discussions of all things related to future business models for both IT and the organisations that use it.  In this spirit of ‘returning’ I am going to finish the series of three posts that got caught in my hiatus – especially as I have had quite a number of requests for part III whilst I’ve been busy elsewhere, lol.  The content is now 18 months old but I guess it will be a fitting jumping off point for my new reflections as it creates a bridge between the ‘me of then’ and the ‘me of now’.

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