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Cloud Expo Europe €550 Savings here! Cloud Expo West $800 Savings here! Got back Friday after a week in the East coast attending the Cloud Expo and meeting with customers/partners. I roamed around the exhibits and found one vendor area that was always packed - Microsoft.  Folks were attracted to the huge honking collection of hardware placed right in middle of their exhibit space. Now Microsoft is not a hardware vendor - but they seem to have partnered with others to bring this and show their might.  It also needed a special drop of electricity into the hall - 400V or so using a thick cable! Cloud computing is a collection of components that has to be delivered seamlessly - and customers notice.  Microsoft seems to know that and they did an excellent job in presenting their story - of course sharing their stage with a hardware partner - to deliver that message. Whi... (more)

Do Not Pass on PaaS

During my Cloud Computing Bootcamp presentations a lot of discussion was around picking the right vendors to develop solutions on the cloud.  Several vendors in this space have skills in certain areas but are not strong in all areas to make available an end to end solution. Platform as a Service (PaaS) requires a robust tool-set that has to go through a stringent selection process before someone picks it as their platform to build strong solutions on.  The folks selecting it usually know the risks associated with picking a wrong platform. That is why I picked the title of this b... (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)

Automotive Industry Solutions

You don't have to look any further than your own driveway to get a sense of some of the challenges facing the automotive industry. First, is the type or brand of vehicle you're driving now different from your previous vehicles? The answer is likely yes. The days when buyers bought a Chevrolet, Ford, or another brand again and again are largely over. Today, many people also move between economy cars, sporty cars, mini-vans, SUVs, and luxury cars as their needs and desires change. This makes it very challenging for automotive companies to meet customer demands and to do so ahead of ... (more)

Cloud Computing Connections - It's All About the Plumbing

Cloud Computing Bootcamp (Santa Clara, CA | November 2, 2010) Cloud computing is filled with innovation. One of the crucial aspects that makes cloud computing initiatives successful is integration. And there are companies developing innovative solutions in cloud-based integration.  During my ecosystem presentation at Clloud Expo's Cloud Computing Bootcamp last month, I identified two such companies: Boomi and Cast Iron. On May 3rd, IBM announced its purchase of Cast Iron. What makes it interesting is that IBM is already the leader in integration solutions. What makes Cast Iron a... (more)