2011 march cloud computing atlanta

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Slides from my presentation to the Atlanta Cloud Computing Group. You really needed to be there to understand some of them ;)

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2011 march cloud computing atlanta

  1. 1. How the cloud is changing Startups and everyday developers<br />March 2011 Cloud Computing Atlanta Meetup<br />Chris Curtin<br />
  2. 2. Non-programming Entrepreneurs<br />Get your Google Domain First<br />
  3. 3. Non-programming Entrepreneurs<br />Stealth mode is stupid<br />
  4. 4. Non-programming Entrepreneurs<br />You don’t need a lot of upfront capital for equipment/hosting <br />Use the free versions of IaaS/PaaS to get started<br />
  5. 5. Non-programming Entrepreneurs<br />Website and UI are more critical today<br />Investors know you aren’t spending all your money on hosting or building the backend!<br />
  6. 6. Non-programming Entrepreneurs<br />Don’t give away Equity to the technology guys<br />But, expect to pay them to build first version<br />Bring them onboard once you have a few clients<br />
  7. 7. Non-programming Entrepreneurs<br />Try to build it yourself<br />Know any basic HTML?<br />Groovy/Grails, Ruby/Rails is pretty straightforward to learn<br />
  8. 8. Non-programming Entrepreneurs<br />Why? Because your first version is going to be wrong. Deal with it.<br />Also, don’t assume you are building the next Facebook<br />K.I.S.S<br />
  9. 9. Programming Entrepreneurs<br />See previous slides<br />
  10. 10. Programming Entrepreneurs<br />Security is a big deal<br />All the ‘usual’ concerns plus several new ones<br />
  11. 11. Programming Entrepreneurs<br />Build it and show it off as quickly as possible<br />‘It isn’t ready yet’ is B.S. (assuming it does SOMETHING)<br />
  12. 12. Programming Entrepreneurs<br />Expect (and encourage) Business/Product people to iterate fast<br />
  13. 13. Programming Entrepreneurs<br />Don’t expect Equity initially<br />But don’t work for free either<br />
  14. 14. Programming Non-Entrepreneurs<br />Not everyone can/wants to take the risk<br />So become an ISV<br />
  15. 15. Programming Non-Entrepreneurs<br />Learn the technologies<br />Offer services to your friends/contacts who aren’t in IT/Development<br />
  16. 16. Programming Non-Entrepreneurs<br />Ask them what problem they want solved that is ‘too small’ for IT to tackle?<br />Be flexible in payment terms, but expect 1099<br />
  17. 17. Programming Non-Entrepreneurs<br />Most of the skills needed you already have<br />Just learn how to use them in the Cloud IaaS/PaaS world<br />
  18. 18. Programming Non-Entrepreneurs<br />Want to learn something new? <br />Mobile<br />Tablets<br />Mobile<br />
  19. 19. General Business<br />What are your company’s rules for ISVs, contractors?<br />What are the compliance risks (not process risks, compliance = HIPPA, SARBOX etc.)?<br />
  20. 20. General Business<br />Any tactical projects you could get done in a Cloud w/o compliance issues?<br />What has IT said is ‘too small’ for them but you need?<br />
  21. 21. General Business<br />Learn what “Cloud” really means so you don’t get ripped off<br />Discussions should be around business issues/processes, not technology!<br />Ask for IT’s help in determining scope and cost<br />
  22. 22. Corporate IT<br />Deal with it!<br />Embrace it!<br />
  23. 23. Corporate IT<br />Build a list of approved vendors<br />Build a list of compliance concerns and process to confirm they are being addressed<br />
  24. 24. Corporate IT<br />Come down hard on those who don’t use your vendors or follow your rules<br />Compliance is one of the biggest challenges to the Cloud<br />
  25. 25. Blue Sky<br />What are some problems you could address if you had more hardware?<br />

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