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By IaaS, I meant "Integration as a Service" not "Infrastructure as a Service". Now that I got your attention let's continue! After my blog: “Cloud Computing Connections - It's All About Plumbing”, I did a deeper dive into cloud integration challenges. Does the much ballyhooed term of “Integration as a Service” that some folks use to categorize cloud solutions have a limited shelf life?Some acquisitions in the cloud computing space, especially those related to application integration, definitely make the integration challenge as it relates to cloud initiatives confusing and cloudy. There are a couple of assumptions for this to become true. One assumption is that integration is application connectivity and does not include BPM or other foundational products (BPM will be in another blog). The second assumption is that customers force “Software/Application as a Servic... (more)

Integration or Connectivity - "as a Service"?

Integration challenges in cloud computing have always been intriguing to me and I had posted a previous blog on the importance of SaaS vendors supporting standards enabling easier connectivity. Patchwork solutions integrating applications written over the years have created an inventory of application portfolios so complicated to maintain that their budget drains a large percentage of corporate information technology expenditure even today. >Cloud computing makes the need of world-class integration services important to the overall success of solutions. Vendors are not ignoring ... (more)

Upcoming in June: A Packed Few Days of Cloudy Information

Just 20 days more for a Cloud Workshop in Boston, but I am already looking forward to the days after this workshop! Cloud Computing has been maturing rapidly and the next obvious step is for customers to leverage this technology. As a result, Dave Nielsen and myself have put together a series of workshops to help customers bring in their application for evaluation for cloud applicability. If you are interested in using cloud technology at your organization or for your customers, the workshop in Boston on June 2 will help you understand various characteristics of an application t... (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)

Enterprise Social Adoption Challenges

I have attended IBM's Lotusphere conference many times, but this year was a different experience. The long-familiar yellow Lotus branded signs were missing as the conference was renamed "IBM Connect." The move away from Lotus branding was expected after IBM's recent repositioning of Lotus products, along with some new acquisitions under the umbrella of IBM Collaboration Solutions. The change also reflects IBM's overall direction away from selling products to customers to focusing on business outcomes. The three main themes of the Connect 2013 conference were Social Business, Sma... (more)