About Cloud Juice IT Consulting

We’ve had a few curious inline hockey friends ask us why we called our company “Cloud Juice”. Well we’re not venturing into farming an orchard and we’re not bottling water, but we have been impressed in recent times by the leaps that ‘cloud computing’ has taken to provide free services via the Internet and smartphones. It’s hardly surprising that the market will continue to find new ways to capitalise on the significant penetration of the Internet and smartphones locally and across the global community. At the same time, we observe that IT Directors of our vintage (baby boomers) are not quite keen or ready to understand, much less embrace this growing trend.

A simple example of a cloud service is the classic email. My previous organization has an Exchange server, but I’ve had a Hotmail account for over 10 years. More recently, we store our contacts in Facebook, our professional contacts in LinkedIn, and our calendars in Google. Hotmail, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google calendar are everyday examples of cloud services via the Internet.

So, why is the Internet sometimes referred to as the ‘cloud’?

Wikipedia provides a useful history of how this occurred. It defines the ‘cloud’ as follows:
“The term ‘cloud’ is used as a metaphor for the Internet, based on how the Internet is depicted in computer network diagrams, and is an abstraction for the complex infrastructure it conceals”

So whenever a diagram was drawn of the Internet, it was depicted in the shape of a cloud, hence the ‘cloud’ refers to all sorts of services delivered via the Internet.

The concept of cloud services being available anywhere, anytime, payment based on usage, not having to own any costly infrastructure or costly human resources to buy, build and maintain, is a new paradigm for most IT organisations. There will be growing curiosity and questions by their organisations, such as, if Google mail can give me free email with 7Gb storage, then why do I want my IT department to spend $1million p.a. (or more) for our own email server which gives me more restricted email storage? IT departments need to understand where the game is moving with cloud services and either capitalise on it or risk being marginalised as their clients will be using more cloud services at home more cheaply than at work and start to question the value they are getting from the repeated large investments in building and maintaining internal infrastructure.

So back to the question of why we called our company “Cloud Juice” – our Gen Y son chose that term to represent the benefits or “juice” to be squeezed from the “cloud”.

Increasingly, we see ‘Cloud’ as metaphor for new technology and innovation; ‘Juice’ as metaphor for leadership moxie and mojo; And it’s about Transforming IT professionalism

What we do

We research current trends in cloud services and identify practical opportunities. We try to practise what we preach – we’ve even subscribed to a cloud accounting service called ‘Xero’ for our company accounting, so that our accountant is able to advise over the phone any reconciliations or journaling changes, while we and our accountant log into Xero in real time. We use Google docs to share documents with our clients. We use WordPress’s free content management to update this website. We use free Google Analytics to gauge and track interest on our website. We subscribe to MobileMe to help protect 6 Apple mobile devices (iPhone, iPad) , which also includes 20Gb on iDisk for backup storage.

We provide IT consulting services in leadership development, organisational reviews, executive mentoring, strategy development, project development, and facilitate discussion on cloud innovation, while we reflect on the transformative impact of cloud services on traditional IT.

With the prevalence of iPhones and smart phones among university students, we have also assigned a Gen Y-er to research and analyse how universities are applying iPhone apps.

Neil Thelander, April 2010

Until March 2010 and for 11 years, Neil Thelander directed Information Technology Services at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), based in Brisbane, Australia.

Neil has thirty-four years experience in Information Technology with the last twenty-four years in IT executive positions in the public sector, health at federal and state level, and education. His career also includes years with Oracle, managing professional services, and as a project management consultant.

Neil is a certified professional grade member of the Australian Computer Society (CMACS), specialising in project management. Neil served four years as elected member of the Board of Directors of the Australian Academic Research Network (AARNet), and 5 years as a member of the Teaching Faculty for the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT) Institute. Neil was also elected chair of CAUDIT. Neil was also on the Queensland board of the National Heart Foundation and chaired their national IT advisory committee.

Neil’s current activities focus on family, cloud services research and consultancy. Neil and his wife Vivian have three children Andrew, James and Katherine. All are involved in inline hockey up to international level.

With granddaughter Charlotte

With granddaughter Charlotte

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Vivian Thelander, November 2016

Vivian joined Neil in our private company from September 2010. Up to then, Vivian was a senior public service IT executive with the Queensland Government with responsibility for IT service delivery and later for public policy on IT, information economy and innovation. She was also responsible for running a government-owned business unit. Since the birth of her 2nd child in 1990 and until 2010, Vivian was one of few executives who pioneered working part-time 4 days a week in a typically full-time executive position. To be able to sustain working at executive levels on a long term basis required developing critical survival skills – managing the expectations of staff, other executives, clients and heads of organisations, a high degree of self discipline, well-tuned priority management, effective delegation, being able to discern busy from important issues, and achieving results.

Vivian has enjoyed sharing her war stories and anecdotes with executives who are also juggling family and careers. She has worked 1-on-1 with CIOs and IT Executives, providing personal strategic leadership mentoring – helping busy executives develop stronger personal presence as a leader (rather than a manager), and be seen to strategically exploit technology to the broader organisation.





Lunch at Toni Alm, Austria

Lunch at Toni Alm, Austria


Monkey bars on Venice Beach

Monkey bars on Venice Beach


with granddaughter Charlotte

with granddaughter Charlotte



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