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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 fierce competition. Second, what happens when your vehicle needs maintenance? There's hardly any do-it-yourself anymore, and maintenance and repair is not simple for professionals. Increasingly sophisticated vehicles chock-full of intricate electronics and software have made it more difficu... (more)

Cloud Computing Observations from Systems Integrators and ISVs

During the last few weeks I met quite a few Systems Integrators (SIs) and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) during the Cloud Expo at Prague and when visiting India/Dubai. I had good discussions about their strategy and objectives moving forward in the next few years. Here are some observations during my discussions regarding open source and partnerships. Open source: Almost all companies building web or mobile delivered solutions truly delivered as a multi-tenant cloud computing solution picked open source as their platform of choice. Solutions targeting large enterprises with ... (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)

Let the Platform-as-a-Service Battles Begin!

Platform as a Service(PaaS) is a growing area of interest in cloud computing. The inclusion of infrastructure with industry leading middleware capabilities reduces the barrier to create and deliver innovative applications and business processes to customers. PaaS can be a game changing direction taken by start-ups, independent software vendors, systems integrators and hosting companies who are all involved in putting their solutions to end customers. Start-ups have the potential to build and deliver applications leveraging their domain knowledge with flexibility and agility never... (more)

The New HP Way - Moving to the Clouds!

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 Vertica acquisition made by HP in mid-Feb that was very relevant to the cloud space. The announcement caught my eye because HP seems to be backing off on-premise software acquisitions that were repeatedly predicted. It also clearly states how HP wants to leapfrog the competition by going directly into the enterprise application marketplace space by providing service providers an infrastru... (more)