Grounding the Cloud

A Leadership Series by Todd D. Lyle

Basics and Brokerages

The Grounding the Cloud series compartmentalizes many of the rather esoteric ideas surrounding cloud operations (tactical cloud services, utility computing, strategic shared services) and brings clarity to the task of migrating organizations large and small into the modern era of cloud computing by highlighting stories of real people doing real jobs solving real problems as they manage the techno-cultural shift to cloud based services.

Be sure to look for Grounding the Cloud: Big Data and the Alphabet of Security this fall. The curtain is rising soon!


Book I, Grounding the Cloud: Basics and Brokerages finds our muse Ben Franklin withstanding a lightning storm in his quest for knowledge then comparing the utility of cloud computing to electricity. Breaking through clouds of confusion, readers become comfortable as they discover that a cloud services brokerage is the key to organizational success in the 21st Century.

In the Buckeye State we meet fellow Ohioan Joe Drake, small business owner of JFD Landscapes, who tells us about his cloud journey. Tony Jones, the technical director of Alan Black Enterprises in Dayton, gives his insight into transitioning a regional conglomerate from old school technology to cloud-based solutions. Bill Wilson, Cleveland State University CIO, further exposes the soft side of technology with a tale of finger wagging and the human element.

J.F.D. Landscapes

Duncan LLC

Cleveland State University


Grounding the Cloud: Basics and Brokerages

Big Data and Security

Book II, Grounding the Cloud: Big Data and the Alphabet of Security channels Thomas Edison as he exemplifies innovation specific to electricity. We leave Ohio and go coast to coast in search of real world examples of applicable big data and security stories. First stop is Glendale, California where we meet Dan Block, formerly DineEquity Executive Director of Human Resources. Dan takes us into the world of managing HR systems for Applebee’s and IHOP. Logan Browne, Chief Technologist and Director, Cyber Security at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Sacramento takes us behind the scenes of security precautions at one of the world’s largest companies. Up in Seattle we visit with Microsoft’s Bob Herbold. Bill Gate’s COO gives his historical perspective on Big Data looking back to 1987, and discusses Proctor and Gamble, Sam Walton, Walmart, and fresh flowers.  Lastly, looking east we take the red-eye to Washington Reagan-National to speak with William J. McBorrough, a cyber security consultant and Adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. With candor, William lays bare the real world implications of weakness in the human element.


Big Data and the Alphabet of Security

DineEquity

Applebee's

International House of Pancakes - IHOP

Microsoft


Hewlett Packard Enterprise

University of Maryland

Shared Services

The year 2016 marks the 75th Anniversary of Mount Rushmore, a monument to four of our nation’s finest leaders.  It is fitting to reflect on their tenures and wonder how they would affect change today. Therefore, to set the stage for continuance during change and to illustrate the steady bureaucratization of the United States, Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln were chosen as the muses for Book III.  In Grounding the Cloud: Red, White and Shared Services we’ll finish our first cloud journey by going inside the D.C. beltway in an attempt to educate Capitol Hill. There we meet tenured “beltway bandits” Kevin Greer with Accenture, Daniel Chenok at IBM, Stephanie Mango at CGI Federal, and John Marshall at the not-for-profit Shared Services Leadership Coalition. Each is working towards the same goal: to bring shared services to the federal government for the betterment of We, the People. Through these individuals we learn what it is like to navigate immense bureaucracy in order to champion the cause of technology and the human element in our nation’s capital.

Red, White and Shared Services


Accenture

IBM

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

University of Michigan


CGI Federal

Shared Services Leadership Coalition

Case Western Reserve

The Author

Todd Lyle is a pioneer in cloud computing with a focus on leadership and the human element. His fascination with the possibilities of information technology began when he was issued his first laptop computer while serving as a young officer in a U.S. Army aviation regiment in Korea. A bulky Zenith Supersport with only two functions was his first brush with “mobile” computing. After leaving active duty Lyle obtained a Master’s Degree in Risk Management and accepted a position with Microsoft, where he became a group manager responsible for Consumer Support. It was while working at Microsoft that Lyle became interested in the myriad ways that information technology can improve overall business productivity.

Being well aware of the growing potential of cloud computing, in 2007 Lyle launched Duncan LLC to participate in this exciting new industry. At Duncan, Lyle assembled a business and technology savvy team that created ingenious cloud computing service bundles that focus on affordable and customer-centric solutions for the business world.

While running Duncan LLC, Lyle wrote of his enthusiasm for the potential of cloud computing. This attracted the attention of Gartner (NYSE: IT), an internationally recognized information technology research and advisory company. In April 2012 Gartner awarded Duncan LLC “Cool Vendor” status. Gartner defines a Cool Vendor as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are innovative, impactful, and intriguing. Encouraged by this recognition, Lyle decided to represent the non-technical or layperson, and the result is this book series. May it provide you with the information and motivation you need to benefit from the many possibilities that cloud computing can bring to your organization.

Todd D. Lyle

 

Todd D. Lyle

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