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Recently a number of companies have been talking about cloud certifications.  The topics cover security, resilience and HIPAA among other certifications. The federal leadership in cloud computing talks about centralized certifications. Cloud computing certifications should belong in broad categories, for example: Standards: Do products or solutions adhere to industry or technology standards e.g security, etc Communications: Platform portability and inter-cloud communications should fall here.  Encapsulation of multiple standards become important here. Individual certifications: Does an individual have the necessary qualifications to build a cloud solution? Given the hype in the cloud computing space, customers would expect clear certification standards for the products they pick.  Customers have been burned by picking an ERP or middleware package based on detailed r... (more)

Apple App Store and Its Influence on Hosted Business Applications

Cloud Expo on Ulitzer How is Apple’s success influencing the future of computing? Force.com and Google Apps now have marketplaces similar to the Apple App store whose target is businesses not consumers. You will get very few of these free or something that costs just a couple of bucks. These apps usually these have monthly maintenance fees associated with these and a lot of them have a “freemium” model, free for limited functions with a cost for value-added functionality. This is probably going to change the way business applications are delivered. Going from an in-premise model ... (more)

How Should You Follow Up on a Cloud Computing Lead?

Over the past year I have listened to many vendor webinars talking about their cloud computing solution story. After the call I always get an e-mail or phone call trying to see my needs. This follow-up is very good as the purpose of these webinars is to obtain leads and the follow up process is to qualify these leads. Until yesterday, none of these calls were of any value to me. Some vendors called and promised to connect me to their product folks to give me more information but nobody ever contacted me. I replied to some vendors e-mails but they do not follow up. Other vendors ... (more)

Next Generation Integrated IT Platforms

An announcement today by IBM is trying to solve an IT development and delivery problem that has been perpetually vexing CIOs.  It is similar to what the automotive industry has been trying for years – self-driving cars(a.k.a. automation in IT) that also give great gas mileage (a.k.a. optimization in IT). IBM’s PureSystems promises automated tools as well as efficiency on the network and storage level speeding the delivery time of IT solutions.  It came at the heels of a similar announcement by HP called Converged Cloud. Why is IBM doing this?  The challenge from public clouds is p... (more)

How to Market Cloud Computing Solutions

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 ... (more)