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As enterprise cloud adoption increases, CIOs are looking not just to use the cloud as the next shiny technology, but to also harvest major benefits. Regulations and compliance bring a set of new challenges when new transformational technologies like cloud computing are adopted. Although large technology vendors have widely promoted private clouds, recent surveys show CIOs are willing to sit out the private cloud trend until public cloud matures enough for broader use. In the same manner, many enterprises bypass some Windows releases until an upgrade is announced that is proven to deliver reliable and significant bottom-line revenue. Platform as a Service (PaaS) is often hawked by proponents as a technology that can improve application development by abstracting the infrastructure layer, envisioning a future where business users log on to a portal and assemble an i... (more)

Amazon and Apple: Different Paths to Innovation

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 one that stood out was AWS enables Innovation. Results from innovation are more immediate when it leverages the capability of cloud computing to change underlying processes across a broad segment of industries. AWS not only challenges legacy vendors in the enterprise but also help them to dominate areas of new IT revenue from start-ups funded by venture capitalists. For ex... (more)

Making the Government $$$ Foster Real Innovation and Competition

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. This capability helped departments share information and react to market dynamics faster. At that time we never dreamt of putting email information outside of an organizations network. Customers spent millions in purchasing licenses, hardware and implementation services to give them an edge over th... (more)

Connectivity and Its Importance to Cloud Computing Solutions

Recently I was having a conversation with Jeremy Geelan on Skype, sharing screens on the proposed cloud expo boot camp agenda, and then the most annoying thing happens: the local electric company drops power for two whole minutes. I lose my Internet connection and we resume our conversation about 5 minutes later. Although this is rare in our neighborhood, this was just an annoyance without too much of loss of productivity. On the other hand, a disconnected scenario can be severely more painful if it happened in a commercial setting. Imagine the following scenarios if with a brok... (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)