I will talk about “all” the things you won’t get from a cloud provider. This is not to make the cloud look bad. To the contrary, I am strongly convinced that every company benefits from using cloud services.
Instead, I want to highlight non-technical aspects in your procurement, contracting, provider management and decision making functions. If your company understands the differences between traditional outsourcing and cloud outsourcing, as well as why cloud credits are not (yet) understood in the same detail as software licenses, you remove friction in deciding for and contracting a cloud provider. …


Tesla cars can be queried via a documented API. This is a quite unique feature, allowing drivers of these cars to gain detailed insights. Available data points are e.g. consumption, speed, battery status or charging activities. There are a couple of self-hosted tools available to collect these treasures and analyze it.

Teslalogger (mostly build by Christian Pogea) is one of them and available on Github. There you can also find most of the existing documentation as well as links to the Raspberry Pi images. I decided to host it on my own, running in Docker containers on my QNAP NAS.

Sharing what I learned as a Sourcing Advisor

Influenced and supported by Simon Masterton, Tony Sykes and Harald Viehweger

tl;dr: Always try to understand what your customers want to achieve with the tender. Are your answers and your actions addressing their needs and expectations? Have you taken care of politics and formalities? If you are not sure, keep on reading.


During the RfP process, certain customer expectations, best practices and formalities apply. If you are prepared, your experience will be much smoother and you will have a higher chance of winning.

I spent five years of my professional career as…

tl;dr There are plenty of resources explaining what a Cloud Center of Excellence is and how to set it up (see further reading). I will share some guidance on what comes next. Which is, expanding what was learned and built in your CCoE, to the whole organization. Without becoming a bottleneck.


Given today’s challenges in IT and the vast amount of consultants, vendors and internal advocates, it is highly likely you already have a Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE). If not, maybe you have one, or more teams who do the same thing but sail under a different flag like…

tl;dr: If you want to copy data from local or network attached storage to your cloud storage — encrypted or not — without relying on any applications other than rclone, keep on reading.

Destroyed hard disks. Hopefully you have a copy of those… (copyright applies to this photo)


A couple of weeks ago I decided to lift my private NAS backup strategy to the next level by adding out-of-region disaster recovery. In other words, I wanted to copy my most important data not only to local disks and NAS, but also store them in the cloud on Google Drive.

Of course I already have a lot of files in the cloud, e.g. Google Docs and…

Mathias Wagner

I accelerate customers’ journeys to the Google cloud, utilizing a strong background in IT consulting, sourcing advisory and computer science.

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