NGO City Marketplace Cloud/Solution Calculator

When you consider the impact of cloud computing on the world around us it is pretty significant. There is no reality of IoT, without the connection created by cloud computing. The concept of remote computing is an old one, but cloud takes the concept and makes it easier to consume from a business perspective.

The problem now, that I see as I embark on designing an NGO City Broker is the reality of advertising. Cloud performance is never what you are told it is. Sometimes it is significantly better, sometimes it is so much worse that you end up having to spend more to get the same amount.

If this were a perfect world I would simply detail the various vendors and give you pure performance data. I have built a cloud picker (Cloud Operations book on Amazon) that does just that. I’ve run that 10, 15 or so times against a number of cloud providers. The initial problem is the reality of what the customer needs versus what the provider offers. The more security you need the more you have to run the picker process on-site with the customer. Sometimes network connections to the cloud will force the performance changing direct connection. I can honestly say however that there are many cloud solutions deployed today that didn’t take the time to do just that.

Part of the NGO City Marketplace will be a calculator. The calculator will start off asking business and organizational questions. It should be something that could quickly become an application for mobile devices. Not the actual calculator but an off-line version. One that you can work on over time and when you are ready move to the NGO City Marketplace and input your off-line data.

I actually have (again back in that operations book) the first parts of the calculator built. The initial goal is determining the maturity of the IT and Business. (Busyness into his case represents government agencies, not for profit organizations and traditional businesses.) Your initial mission is take a hard look at your organizations (business’) maturity. Once you determine the overall impact of maturity you begin to evaluate the impact of the various solutions you have deployed today.

Profitable applications deployed in the estate, can be made more profitable by reducing the cost of delivery and the overall COGs of the solution (COGs: cost of goods sold). I can honestly say one of the most interesting things I see on ABC TV’s Shark Tank is immature business’ talking about TAM’s (Total Addressable Market) as though the whole market is addressable. No one gets an entire market to themselves. Your goal in building solutions is to increase your market share. But expecting to remain at 99% market share is well not smart.

Once you have this built you can then evaluate from your premise, the impact of cloud. You see if your solution doesn’t perform well in the cloud, then you can consider the solution. If the solution preforms well in the cloud you can consider moving it. But all of this is predicated on knowing if the application is profitable for your business, and if in fact you can increase your TAM or Market share by speeding up the application.

You also have to evaluate the risk. So all of these comments are available in the NGO City Marketplace calculator. The reality of that calculator is that it should return a good answer for your organization. If cloud is the answer, then instantiate the cloud and start building VM’s. If physical hardware in a managed data center is the answer, order the hardware. If on premise hardware is the answer then order the hardware.

The goal is to create a system that supports quick and effective decision making. In fact, the four components of the OODA Loop process of John Boyd fit perfectly into how we are building and deploying the calculator. Observe, is where we gather data and understand our maturity and solution value. Oriente is the phase where we consider where the solution lives, tomorrow. Decide is the process of making the change to the solution. Act is doing it. Then we use the consistent feedback loop model with the OODA Loops to assure the solution continues to flourish in its new environment. The value of any solution deployed is the costs savings if applicable, the increase revenue or the increased TAM, or the reduced COGs. You get the idea.

More to come…

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The forecast is cloudy but let’s make sure its the right clouds…