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Cloud Complexity Solution Pioneer, David Linthicum, Chief Cloud Strategy Officer at Deloitte Consulting

My guest today is David Linthicum. David Linthicum is the Chief Cloud Strategy Officer at Deloitte Consulting and has been named the #1 Cloud Influencer via a major report by Apollo Research. David is a Cloud Computing Thought Leader, executive, consultant, author, and speaker, who has been a CTO five times for both public and private companies, and a CEO twice in the last 25 years.

Few individuals are true giants of cloud computing, but David’s achievements, reputation, and stellar leadership have earned him a lofty position within the industry. It’s not just that he is a top thought leader in the cloud computing universe, but he is often the visionary that the wider media invites to offer its readers, listeners, and viewers a peek inside the technology that is reshaping businesses every day.

More specifically, David is a Gigaom research analyst on cloud computing and enterprise applications and writes prolifically for InfoWorld as a cloud computing blogger. He is also a contributor to, IEEE Cloud Computing, Tech Target’s SearchCloud, and SearchAWS, and is quoted in major business publications including Forbes, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, and the LA Times. David has appeared on NPR several times as a computing industry commentator, and he also does a weekly podcast on cloud computing.

With more than 13 books on computing, more than 5,000 published articles, greater than 500 conference presentations, and numerous appearances on radio and TV programs, David has spent the last 20 years leading, demonstrating, and teaching businesses how to use resources more productively while continuously innovating.

When I talked with David, he had recently written a great article that I loved, Cloud security secrets your cloud provider doesn’t want you to know. Asking the obvious question was a perfect starting point for our conversation because I really wanted to know – What are the secrets some of the providers don’t want you to know?

I’m excited for you to tune in to this compelling interview.

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“We don’t have as much of a cybersecurity skills gap problem but a clarity problem.”

Much has been made of the cybersecurity skills gap in recent days.

I read a statistic that says “70% of cybersecurity professionals claim that their organization is impacted by the cybersecurity skills shortage.”

That’s staggering.

But what if some of that skills gap problem could be alleviated by simply increasing clarity? In my opinion, we don’t have as much of a cybersecurity skills gap problem but a clarity problem.

IT leaders should provide as much clarity as possible to their workforce. Setting expectations and norms will be the first step to overcome this industry-wide problem.

Tesla Experienced Network Outage Wednesday

Some big news in tech this week as Tesla experienced an outage that left users unable to access and drive their vehicles using the mobile app, and staff unable to process deliveries and orders.

As Jonathan Shieber and Kirsten Korosec detail in their piece for TechCrunch, the outage on Wednesday was reportedly caused by “An internal break of their application programming interface (or API).”

The glitch in the app could also have something to do with Tesla’s new two-factor authentication. Last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that two-factor via SMS or an authenticator app, both industry norms that should have been in place for Tesla years ago, would be coming soon.

This outage is important on a broader scale, however.

🚗 This outage highlights how dependent companies like Tesla are to their networks. Any small hiccup or breach has mass impacts.

🚗 The electric car movement isn’t going anywhere. The governor of California just signed a bill banning the sale of gas-only cars by 2035. With their user base only growing, Tesla and other similar companies will have to find a way to keep their staff and users secure.

5 essential roles of the CIO

If there has been one thing this year has taught organizations, it’s that the role of the CIO goes well beyond running a company’s technology infrastructure.

CIO’s are responsible for shaping the digital future and acting as “Change Agents” within a company.

Roberto Torres writing for CIO Dive examines this shift and provides five types of leaders businesses need CIOs to play.

💼 A business leader with a deep understanding of the company’s business strategy.

💼 A “tech whisperer” who can influence and inform anyone from business leaders to vendors.

💼 A “change agent” who can use technology to break silos and encourage technology product adoption throughout the organization.

💼 A cultural revolutionary who can mind the human element of the organization.

💼 A talent scout who can help select talented people to help lift the company through these uncertain times.

While a CIO is called upon to wear many hats, they’re responsible for transformation work “just as much or more” than their C-suite counterparts.

Infinite Patience Produces Immediate Results

There are numerous things that come up throughout the day that will test you as a leader.

Testing your will, your mental fortitude, and most importantly- your patience.

It is important to remember that infinite patience produces immediate results.

Having the ability to remain calm and assess the situation will yield rapid, high-quality results.