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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.
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 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)
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 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)