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Meet the Analyst: Bernard Golden talks medieval history and the cloud

Each week, GigaOM Pro chats with one of our analysts to find out which technologies they read about, write about and can’t live without. This week, we talk to Bernard Golden, who wrote the book on cloud computing – literally.

1. Who are you, and what do you do?

I am the CEO of HyperStratus, a leading cloud computing boutique consulting firm. We work with large and medium enterprises, vendors and cloud service providers, and provide services in the area of strategy and advisory, technical consulting/system integration and education. I am also the cloud computing advisor for CIO Magazine and write a weekly blog on that topic.

2. As a GigaOM Pro analyst, what are your areas of focus?

My primary focus area is cloud computing; however, given the fundamental shift cloud computing is causing in the delivery of IT services, I also address mobile computing, organizational change and IT economics.

GigaOM Pro Analyst Bernard Golden
GigaOM Pro Analyst Bernard Golden

3. What’s your favorite article that you’ve ever written?

I don’t know that I’ve got a favorite article, as I’ve written so many. I will say that a recent article that got a lot of readership, and generated a lot of comments (both positive and negative) was about the IT jobs that cloud computing will create. I’m firmly of the opinion that cloud computing is going to generate enormous IT growth and expand the IT labor market significantly. I will also say that one of the things I find most valuable about writing is that it helps me understand what my opinion or perspective on a given topic really is. Writing really forces one to crystallize one’s thoughts in a way that offhand conversation or even public speaking does not.

4. What was the last piece of media (music, video, book, etc) you paid money for?

A World Lit Only by Fire by William Manchester. It’s an enlightening (and sobering) description of what it was like to live just 500 years ago. From today’s vantage point, it’s a nearly unimaginable world, but the book provides perspective on today’s life and issues.

5. What are the first 3 media outlets (websites, blogs, actual physical publications) you read in the morning?

I always read GigaOM (obviously!). I also really enjoy and look forward to TechDirt. Finally, given the economically tumultuous times we’re going through, I like to read Paul Krugman. Of course, I don’t know if you include Twitter in that, because that’s something I look at right away via Hootsuite. I also look at Yahoo Finance, although I desperately wish Yahoo would fix this broken-but-still-useful site. Finally, given my personal connection to the UK, I read the Telegraph online pretty much every day.

6. You’re stranded on a desert island: what are the 5 gadgets/devices/services/apps you can’t live without? (Presumably, there’s electricity and wifi on this desert island)

Wow, that is a tough one. For sure, one would be a Kindle. It’s an amazing device, and I think the Fire is going to be even more amazing. I continue to be impressed with Amazon; their pace of innovation appears to be accelerating.

7. When you’re not writing for GigaOM Pro, what’s your favorite thing to do?

Besides working, which I haven’t yet figured out how to forego, I like spending time with my family.

8. What’s your favorite non-tech blog?

As I said before, I like Paul Krugman. I often reflect that we live in an amazing time: every day I can get the immediate reactions and reflections of a Nobel prize winner delivered to me conveniently and for free. Amazing.