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"Avoid Big Consulting" for Cloud Computing Initiatives

David Linthicum Speaks the Truth, As Always

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My appreciation of David Linthicum's writing increased yet again when I found a piece on the Intertubes that he wrote about some Big Rules for cloud computing. One of his basic premises is to avoid the big consultant shops. To wit, he writes:

"Most big consulting firms lead with well-polished presentations and, perhaps, some pretty smart people. However, when it comes time to do the real work, you're staring across the table at very inexperienced individuals whose knowledge of cloud computing is limited by the number of article printouts they could read on the plane flight out."

My experience is that this is the approach these thieves, er, firms use in every project they've ever undertaken. I have now forgotten more screwed-up, vastly over-spent installations than most people remember about grand plans from grand consultants that were, in the end, catastrophic.

I did really enjoy one of these firms' "herding cats" Super Bowl ads a few years ago; I thought that was the most brilliant work this company had ever created. Alas, the recent revelation that this same firm's chief prosti..., er, spokesperson was leading a private life diametrically opposed to the public perception he and his pimps, er, handlers and sponsors, tried to create reflects the seamy underbelly of all big-consultant promises as far as I can see!

More Stories By Roger Strukhoff

Roger Strukhoff is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Studies, (@TauDir), with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is also a writer & editor for SYS-CON Media. He writes for Cloud Computing Journal & Computerworld Philippines. He is Conference Chair of WebRTC Summit and Things Expo. He has a BA from Knox College, Certificate in Tech Writing from UC-Berkeley, and MBA studies at CSU-East Bay. He serves on the board of the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies, and has served as Director, U.S. Coast Guard Aux Int'l Affairs.