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Enterprise IT‘s focus is moving from software development to data analytics, so it is not surprising that attention is also being paid to help them address these needs. The exhibit hall at the recent Strata conference (run by O‘Reilly Media) was packed with start-up companies demonstrating innovative data analytics solutions. One of the challenges in implementing analytics is customers‘ lack of skills. A common theme among start-up solutions was overcoming that skills barrier. Some of these solutions were designed to help users get started with simple BigData initiatives and then progress to solving more complicated problems. Krish Krishnan from Sixth Sense presented on the first day of Strata and made an interesting comment on one of his slides: "The Gen Z and Millennial Generation of buyers will not be swayed by traditional engagement models of selling products ... (more)

Let the Platform-as-a-Service Battles Begin!

Platform as a Service(PaaS) is a growing area of interest in cloud computing. The inclusion of infrastructure with industry leading middleware capabilities reduces the barrier to create and deliver innovative applications and business processes to customers. PaaS can be a game changing direction taken by start-ups, independent software vendors, systems integrators and hosting companies who are all involved in putting their solutions to end customers. Start-ups have the potential to build and deliver applications leveraging their domain knowledge with flexibility and agility never... (more)

Moving Up the Food Chain in Cloud Solutions

While at Cloud Expo's Cloud Computing Bootcamp that I was instructing (and facilitating several vendors sharing their strategy), I was surprised with an e-mail from one of the speakers on second boot camp day. Boomi could not present the next day as they just got acquired. What surprised me was the acquirer: Dell! Earlier that day, ATG got acquired by Oracle - that sounded just like a typical software land grab. Cloud computing is changing the very nature of vendors in the landscape. I had predicted that Boomi would get acquired in May, 2010 after IBM acquired CastIron. But I th... (more)

Managing IT in an Environment of Change

The growth of mobile devices generated by smartphones and tablets is driving universal access to information in the multi-channel era. Similarly, social networking is a disruptive change that influences many aspects of consumer behavior. The large amount of data created through these means requires analytics to help enterprises respond to market dynamics. Cloud technologies help enterprises analyze this data in a timely manner, enabling enterprises to deliver significant advantages over their competition. On January 22, 2013, Oracle hosted an executive roundtable in Cincinnati fo... (more)

Self-Service and Managed Service Provider (MSP) Cloud Solutions

Customer self-service is a theme that is spreading across a number of industries. As a result, numerous jobs, including those in IT, are changing or becoming obsolete, while industries are becoming more efficient. Cloud computing is a key technology enabler in making these changes possible. Last week I spoke at the IBM Edge 2013 MSP summit in Las Vegas, where self-service through automation was emphasized at a number of sessions, with the IBM PureSystems family of products as an enabler. Managed Service Providers (MSPs) are a segment of the IT ecosystem that needs to pay attenti... (more)