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Cloud computing powered by open source is of growing interest all over the world. Enterprise customers are frustrated with growing costs and limitations of traditional IT software. This problem is exacerbated when start-ups appear out of nowhere to compete with agile businesses powere...
After an interesting career in the corporate world and an independent, I am making another change. Starting next month, I will take up the role of Research Manager in the Platform as a Service Practice with International Data Corporation (IDC). After spending 5 years evangelizing clou...
Customers are expecting to consume IT as a service and IT vendors, including IBM, are responding. Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the IBM Software Group's Analyst Insights conference for the industry analyst community. IBM's total revenue of about $100B comes from its combin...
Start-ups have been formed by leveraging cloud resources but enterprises are taking note and adoption rates are increasing. While attending the Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent conference last week, I spoke to enterprise customers who described how they benefited from AWS cloud ser...
Cloud computing is changing the IT ecosystem and is now increasingly focused on data analytics. Cloud computing attention is often paid to moving compute requirements from the enterprise data center to public clouds. While the technology enables a number of innovative solutions around...
More customers are looking to utilize cloud computing and tightly integrated hardware will be beneficial for such customers. When I signed up to attend Enterprise 2013, a conference for IBM’s enterprise systems and storage users, I was wondering how much cloud computing information wo...
Cloud computing is enabling services transforming many industries and every CIO needs to be ready to respond to new competitive threats. Benefits from cloud computing are often focused on infrastructure optimization, but one disruptive change occurring across a variety of industries a...
In the past, innovation in the IT industry consisted of a few large vendors developing hardware and software products in virtual isolation. This behavior stemmed from the desire to hide trade secrets from competition and maintain a lead in the market. Few solutions dominated the IT lan...
Every organization needs to consider innovation as part of their strategy. Bernard Golden recently wrote a book titled Amazon Web Services (AWS) for Dummies, which I had an opportunity to review. One intriguing segment of the book came from a section offering 10 reasons to use AWS and...
Sporting events are periodic events that suddenly demand lots of information technology resources and a good example where cloud technology can be applied effectively. At VMWorld, a marketing executive from a technology company asked me what kinds of workloads were inappropriate for t...
With the increased automation of business processes, enterprises are integrating closely with their customers and partners to transform into connected businesses. At the same time, social and mobile interactions are growing at an unprecedented rate, resulting in data storage growth and...
Business are adding innovation as a core component of their strategy. With an historic transition underway to an information-based economy, organizations are increasingly investing in innovation. While disruptions across industries have happened for a long time, the recent capability ...
Involving the community can lead to very successful solutions and several companies are taking advantage of this trend. Solutions from legacy IT vendors face increasing challenges from start-ups. These legacy solutions, while technologically advanced, fall behind when customers evalua...
With customer expecting information technology to be delivered with new models, systems integrators have to quickly transform themselves to meet these needs. Over the past few months, I have interacted with several organizations that are evaluating changes to their business model to a...
IT transformation is being driven by modern methods of delivering services and MSPs can lead the way in helping customers. The growth of smart mobile devices has led to a simultaneous advance of social gaming. Game developers are taking advantage of this trend by building popular prod...
Cloud standards play an important role in the ability to develop and deliver innovative solutions. Businesses need to include standards in their strategy. In a recent presentation to Managed Service Providers (MSPs), I stressed that embracing standards had to be on their list of strat...
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 poss...
Platform as a Service is one of the least used cloud computing services also has a great opportunity for providing value to users. Vendors need to create transparent services to grow adoption. As enterprise cloud adoption increases, CIOs are looking not just to use the cloud as the ne...
Log analysis is a unique use case that is being leveraged in multiple ways to gain deep insight into activities generated by multiple sources. A common theme heard in the IT marketplace is that innovative technologies are enabling new insights to be harvested from data. Cloud computin...
Younger enterprise IT employees understand how easy it is to consume services from the cloud. They are becoming instrumental in helping corporations find better solution alternatives than currently available. Enterprise IT‘s focus is moving from software development to data analytics...
Although a lot has been talked about becoming a social business, adoption is not universal in enterprises. 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 ...
Social interactions driven by mobile devices are causing a huge growth in infrastructure needs by enterprises. This write-up is about an event held for enterprise users. The growth of mobile devices generated by smartphones and tablets is driving universal access to information in th...
There are many products that are needed to manage enterprise IT infrastructure and due consideration is needed before picking the right set of products. Simplifying IT administration is a goal for CIOs to reduce manual intervention while running day-to-day operations with the primary ...
Technology companies need to target the enterprise to get big benefits for themselves as well as this customer segment. While there are a number of obstacles, proper messaging will help overcome these hurdles.
Different factors are driving changes for businesses who need to continuously adapt to them. Not having the right talent available is a challenge in being able to adapt to those changes. Efficiently managing the talent pool is an important to businesses that is leading to numerous acq...
Network management is important to cloud computing success. Software defined networks and data center fabrics all help in helping manage cloud initiatives better. Acquisitions in the cloud computing space have been picking up recently as technology companies look to offer end-to-end s...
There are a lot of benefits to leveraging cloud computing technology but so are barriers. The thoughts of several folks collected through tweet chats is captured in this blog post. Why is it that cloud computing is maturing but adoption is lagging? This transformational approach has...
Cloud computing, powered by open source technology, is driving enterprise adoption. This leads to better business case viability to transform IT through innovative initiatives. At the recent Red Hat summit in Boston the company took the unusual step of combining financial analysts an...
I am the track chair of the CloudExpo Bootcamp this year at Jacob Javits Center in NYC from June 11-14. You can check the agenda here. As an invitee of the track chair, you can register for free (with the bootcamp option) at www.cloudcomputingexpo.com with "robustcloud" as the promo...
Customers must find innovative ways to leverage cloud technologies that suits their requirements. A couple of weeks ago, I attended IBM's Cloud Innovation Analyst Forum in Chicago. The event kicked off with a panel discussion where company customers, including the University of Wiscon...
Cloud computing is fundamentally changing the IT ecosystem in many ways, forcing related changes in business models. Other than customers (who are always “king” and make buying decisions), the IT ecosystem players being affected by cloud includes technology providers, independent softw...
Whenever there is a split between partners - it creates a lot of buzz in the industry with speculation on how it will eventually determine winners and losers. Sometimes the winners and losers are adjacent players and not the main players of the story.
Cloud technologies are not all about cost savings through IT optimization. Innovative use of technology can help governments that are stuck with legacy applications leapfrog into a whole new way of delivering services. A lot has been spoken about cloud technology for government use an...
HP strategy gives it a clear direction in cloud computing and execution will be key to success. After a long trip planning and delivering CloudCamps in India and then Cloudy Awards at Austin, I finally got some time to comment on a big cloud announcement made by HP last week. I missed...
The stock price of Cisco, a darling of the stock market for a long time, fell 16% and contributed to a 73 point drop in the Dow index on November 11, 2010. SalesForce, on the other hand, shot into the upper atmosphere, up by 18%. Interestingly, Cisco market cap fell by $24 billion, mor...
The cloud computing ecosystem is rapidly changing with acquisitions. This note is about how one company has expanded their realm to other focus areas responding to customer demand.
Cloud computing technology is changing the landscape of solution delivery. Solution providers are beginning to pick platforms enabling them to take advantage of the technology and deliver the best value proposition to their customers. Recent announcements show that there are decision...
Cloud computing consists of several components like storage, compute resources, applications and infrastructure. The success of most cloud computing initiatives is dependent on a well connected system that can contribute to making high availability a realistic goal at a reasonable cos...
As cloud computing matures, there is a need for products to meet new expectations. Platform selection plays a strong role in determining winners and losers of this space.
In the mid '90s, I started up a practice at a large systems integrator helping customers plan, design and implement on-premise e-mail systems. Very often the differentiator was the collaborative functions that an organization could also leverage during the e-mail system implementation....