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Daryl thanks for sharing the McKinsey slides. I really liked it that you got this for us at LinkedIn.

In my opinion McKinsey has not taken the thought leadership in this case. This is typical IT stuff that we (at Texas Instruments, and may I add at IBM, Intel, HP, Motorola etc.) were doing in the 80’s. We had our own PowerPoint-like software which we used extensively for internal presentations and staff/management meetings.

For me thought leadership would imply that McKinsey invented cloud computing, wouldn’t you agree? Come to think of it they are good at strategy, too, but they did not invent that either 🙂 McKinsey and Booz Allen Hamilton are good consulting firms but they are also people.

Remember Y2K, there was so much hype . . . that is what is happenning with cloud computing today.

It is clear more discussion is required to get a better handle on cloud computing. The range on this cloud computing from a business perspective is great. A worst case perspective is that cloud computing is a 21st century version of the 1960s mainframe hardware vendors and service providers. A best case is that it is genuinly new.

Well, cloud computing is definitely new from a hardware/networking perspective, but I don’t see it is from a business need perspective.

The really important point here is how can we solve business problems. Hardware & configurations is one approach. Algorithms and methodologies are another approach.

We forget that improved algorithms postpones the need for more expensive, bigger, grander IT solutions. In my consulting work I develop or provide algorithmic solutions.

Cloud computing is at the stage I term ‘Market Uncertainty’ and there are only two ways out of this market stage. First specific technologies become the drivers of change and second, a small number of brands begin to dominate the field.

The term ‘Market Uncertainty’ is part of a very much larger and sophisticated Business Strategy model that I had developed working more than 20 years in manufacturing and consulting.

Hope this helps and hope to hear other comments.

Benjamin T Solomon
Managing Principal
QuantumRisk LLC

Disclosure: I’m a capitalist too, and my musings & opinions on this blog are for informational/educational purposes and part of my efforts to learn from the mistakes of other people. Hope you do, too. These musings are not to be taken as financial advise, and are based on data that is assumed to be correct. Therefore, my opinions are subject to change without notice. This blog is not intended to either negate or advocate any persons, entity, product, services or political position.

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