Grounding the Cloud

A Leadership Series by Todd D. Lyle

The Series

The Grounding the Cloud leadership series focuses on people. We are the soft side of technology. Detailing the human element, the series highlights leaders within organizations large and small, from the public and private sectors as well as academia and not-for-profits. Steadily growing from a landscaper’s story to the United States Department of Agriculture, Grounding the Cloud: A leadership series looks at tactical cloud services and their ancillaries, utility computing and strategic shared services. At every level of business and government each of these are a resource multiplier.

You can purchase the first two books on Amazon, and the third is currently in production:

Basics and Brokerages

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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 the noise and jargon, 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, a 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.

You can purchase the book here on Amazon.

J.F.D. Landscapes

Duncan LLC

Cleveland State University

Grounding the Cloud: Basics and Brokerages

Big Data and Security

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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 big data and security. 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 he discusses Procter 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. McBourrough, a cyber security consultant and Adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University College. With candor, William lays bare the real world implications of weakness in the human element.

You can purchase the book here on Amazon.

Big Data and the Alphabet of Security



International House of Pancakes - IHOP

Procter & Gamble

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 continuity during times of disruption 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 go inside the D.C. beltway in an attempt to educate Capitol Hill on the benefits of shared services. 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 its human element in our Nation’s Capital. From D.C. we visit “fly over country” speaking with Bob Cireddu, Director of Technology for Madison Local Schools in Northeast Ohio and with Pam Gabel, the Executive Director of the Shared Services Center at the University of Michigan. Sharing their stories of building a shared services coalition and affecting an organizational cultural shift they prepare us for the streets of Urban Cleveland and fresh foods. Darcy Freedman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Core Faculty, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at Case Western Reserve University tells us what it is like to translate United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations, resources and rules to local Cleveland framers’ markets, as together they strive to increase the access to and consumption of healthy foods for low income families.

Red, White and Shared Services




United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

University of Michigan


Shared Services Leadership Coalition

Case Western Reserve

The Author

Todd D. Lyle is a leader. Currently his focus is on educating organizations about the potential for harnessing the human element through use of the cloud via a cloud services brokerage.

His fascination with the possibilities of accessible information technologies began when he was issued his first “laptop” while serving as a young lieutenant in a U.S. Army aviation regiment in South Korea. In 1988, a bulky Zenith SuperSport 286 portable computer was his first brush with “mobile” computing.

Years later, having served with IFOR in Bosnia as a Force Protection Officer, Lyle returned home and obtained a Master of Science in Risk Control from the University of Wisconsin – Stout in 1998. Shortly thereafter he was offered a leadership position with a major technology company. It was while working at Microsoft that Lyle became interested in utility computing, commonly referred to as the cloud.

Being well aware of the potential of cloud computing, in 2007 Lyle launched Duncan Cloud Services Brokerage to participate in the development, implementation and governance of this exciting new utility. At Duncan, Lyle assembled a business and technology savvy team that created “ingenious cloud computing services bundles that focus on affordable and customer-centric solutions.” *

Today Lyle draws on his military and private sector experiences to teach and talk about continuity, operations, security, and best practices when it comes to people using the internet.

Lyle’s years of process development and his various wins and losses have allowed him to become a practical innovator in the realm of technology solutions. In 2013 Todd was encouraged to share “need to know technologies” with the layperson, the result being THE GROUNDING THE CLOUD© leadership series.

*Gartner® Cool Vendor in Cloud Services Brokerages, 2012

Todd D. Lyle


Todd D. Lyle


Watch the Book Trailers

Basics and Brokerages

Big Data and the Alphabet of Security*

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Thank you for your interest in the Grounding the Cloud series. Be sure to look for Grounding the Cloud: Big Data and the Alphabet of Security in January of 2017.

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