Posts Tagged ‘analyst’


Interview with Steve Chambers (@stevie_chambers), Wikibon’s first analyst outside of the US

April 28, 2015

By Rosalind Carr (@Rosalind_at_O) and Rose Ross (@Rose_at_O)

Stevie Chambers

The Countdown Team catch-up with Wikibon‘s newly appointed Senior Analyst Steve Chambers, who is flying the flag for the Wikibon community in the UK. We chat hot topics in cloud for 2015, the best way to pitch him and his favourite industry events of the year…

Leeds_United_-_Logo.svgTell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a living paradox: I love my home town, but I also love global reach.  I love football, but I’m a Leeds United fan.  Most importantly the tech world I came from is being eaten alive, and I’m cheering on Pacman.

Tell us a little bit about your firm and its interest in the cloud. 

Wikibon meets my paradox criteria because it has history and future and I love it because it always aims to look at the crazy world of IT from the perspective of the bamboozled end user.  There’s so much change, variation and hype that it’s a nightmare for enterprise IT to make sense of it all: all those folks want is to make the best informed decision, and I think the channels of Wikibon are one way to help that. Read the rest of this entry ?


Interview with Dr Alea Fairchild (@AFairch), Cofounder of The Constantia Institute

January 7, 2013

By @Rose_at_O, @Olivia_at_O

Alea Fairchild is the cofounder of The Constantia Institute, a Brussels-based technology policy think-tank. Check out her work blog or catch her on Twitter.


Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I am a cross between an analyst, a consultant and an academic, which sounds like one of those bad “three men in a boat” jokes.  I started my career in technology market analysis in the late 1980s at Dataquest with the great Hal Feeney (one of the Intel 8008 processor designers), moved later to my own technology consultancy company, which also did due diligence work for a number of VCs, and then I got my PhD in Information Economics in 2001, so I also teach at a graduate business program in Brussels.  All three skill sets help me do my research in my particular niche.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your firm and their interest in the cloud.   

I cofounded The Constantia Institute in 2007 when I realized that there was a market niche that was absent in the marketplace.  Lots of analyst firms cover product introductions and make product comparisons, but in my view, the relevance of technology trends, its innovative impact on business and society, and its governance were not examined in any depth by either analyst firms or consultancies. I use the term “think tank” because we actually think past the short term and examine consequences and issues. Cloud is a game changer for many aspects, including collaboration, regulation, data protection, governance, privacy, device usage and service provisioning. Let’s face it; governmental involvement in cloud – whether it be localized with the UK CloudStore or the EU’s attempts at regulation – is a sure sign that cloud is now mainstream.

Q. What’s hot in the cloud this year? 

Mobile, social and collaborative are the three consumer drivers for cloud, and all cause enterprise-sized headaches. And for businesses, it is about Read the rest of this entry ?


Introducing Software Defined Networking: Rainmaker Files new research target

September 21, 2012

By Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_O

Cloud insiders have been buzzing about software-defined networking (SDN) and its potential to introduce more sophisticated, flexible and customizable network control, especially after network virtualization leader Nicira’s acquisition for $1.05b by VMware this summer. Now there is a special focus on SDN at Rainmaker Files.

In an article about the new research focus area, analyst Martin Hingley writes that Rainmaker Files will be using a combination of case studies and competitive analysis to answer the following questions about SDN, software-defined datacenters (SDDC) and fabric computing:

  • Can network virtualization help overcome the fragmentation of data centre computing by application and usage case?
  • Can networking itself become more democratic, as networking makes the data centre more democratic?
  • Will network switches and routers always depend on proprietary ASICs and algorithms?
  • Is Cisco’s strong market share in enterprise networking a profit pool waiting to be emptied into the pockets of companies able to ‘change the economics of networking’?
  • Public Clouds, Service Providers, large, medium and small businesses – which offer the best initial opportunities for new approaches?
  • What are the attached service opportunities?
  • Will customers trust new suppliers and techniques, however deep the proposed savings are?
  • Will SDN and SDDC lead to the fossilisation the underlying physical infrastructure choices?

We look forward to hearing more from the Rainmaker Files on this topic, as it promises to be an exciting area of research.

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