Author Archives: Craig Lowery

Three Years Later

Nearly three years with Gartner.  I have to say I’ve been far more successful with this company than I ever expected. It is such a natural fit for me. I enjoy writing the research, talking to clients, the occasional travel … Continue reading

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One Year Later

So, it has been almost a year now since I accepted a position with Gartner Inc. as an IT industry analyst.  In that time, all of my thinking and writing about the industry has been redirected to Gartner’s research outputs … Continue reading

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What’s Worse than Cloud Service Provider Lock-in?

“If you are running your IT systems in a traditional private data center, you are already locked-in, and not in a good way.” I was recently in a job interview before a panel of IT industry analysts, defending my positions … Continue reading

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Outdated Best Practices: How Experienced Programmers May Fail at Building Cloud Systems

  I’m a big believer in formal education because of the importance of understanding “first principles” – the foundational elements upon which engineers design and build things.  The strengths and weaknesses of any such product are direct results of the … Continue reading

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Approaching the IT Transformation Barrier (7)

“New use cases and their subsequent solutions are like a feedback loop that creates a gravity well of chaotic innovation.” Part 7 – Panning for new Use Cases This is the last of a seven-part series considering the ongoing transformation … Continue reading

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Approaching the IT Transformation Barrier (6)

“The need for a common language requirement is the chief problem microservices solve.” Part 6 – Episode IV: A New OOP Our series exploring the six independent yet related threads that are converging to drive dramatic transformation in information technology … Continue reading

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Approaching the IT Transformation Barrier (5)

“Cracking the code of how to best implement and monetize APIs is crucial to success in the emerging API economy.” Part 5 – The Planet of the APIs After a brief holiday hiatus, we’re back to inspect the multiple aspects … Continue reading

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Approaching the IT Transformation Barrier (4)

  “…the direct to consumer aspect of the container model is at the heart of its transformative capabilities.” Part 4 – The Tupperware Party This is the fourth installment of a multi-part series relating six largely independent yet convergent evolutionary … Continue reading

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Approaching the IT Transformation Barrier (3)

  “Cloud isn’t a technology. It’s a force of nature.” Part 3 – The Power of Steam I’ve previously advanced the notion that the IT industry has reached and is in the act of collectively crossing a synchronization barrier – … Continue reading

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Approaching the IT Transformation Barrier (2)

Part 2 – The Compositional Frontier In my previous installment, I introduced the idea that the Information Technology industry is approaching, and perhaps is already beginning to cross, a major point of inflection.  I likened it to a barrier synchronization, … Continue reading

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