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Starting next month, I will take up the role of Research Manager in the Platform as a Service Practice with International Data Corporation (IDC). After spending 5 years evangelizing cloud computing as an independent consultant and analyst, I will now leverage my skills at IDC by focusing on one of the emerging and fast growing facets of cloud computing. The past five years have been one heck of a ride interspersed with dozens of conferences, speaking engagements and short consulting activities. Along the way I interacted with the best of cloud experts, analysts, customers and vendors which led me to connections with thousands of cloud computing aficionados via multiple social avenues like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.  Companies with which I worked included Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, NTT, Oracle, Redhat, Salesforce, Tibco and VMWare. Since I embarked on my journey i... (more)

Big Data Analytics Without Complications and Expenses

Cloud computing attention is often paid to moving compute requirements from the enterprise data center to public clouds. While the technology enables a number of innovative solutions around mobile and social environments, analytics is often seen as an in-house solution that requires highly specialized skills. Cloud providers have upped their game in data analytics. No longer are they just providing you with an environment, managing the underlying machines, they are now managing underlying systems - systems specific to your needs like Big Data. This fits well with mid-sized compa... (more)

Transforming IBM to Manage Customer’s Cloud Expectations

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the IBM Software Group's Analyst Insights conference for the industry analyst community. IBM's total revenue of about $100B comes from its combined hardware, software and services sales, but the software group contributes a large proportion of its profits. Cloud services require coordination from all IBM divisions, and it was no surprise that IBM focused an inordinate degree of attention at the event to non-software cloud products. In this post, I will cover the challenges faced by legacy IT businesses by cloud computing trends, elements... (more)

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Enterprise Cloud Adoption

The biggest barrier to enterprise cloud adoption continues to be security, but cost benefits are causing them to evaluate cloud options. While attending the recent Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent 2013 conference, I spoke to enterprise customers who described how they have benefited from AWS cloud services. One converted a $70K bid from a systems integrator for a hosted website and implemented it on AWS for less than $7K. Another customer estimated the cost of acquiring an on-premises business intelligence solution for $200K plus maintenance compared to under $10K a year on AW... (more)

Ensuring Platform Success by Growing Ecosystems

In the past, innovation in the IT industry consisted of a few large vendors developing hardware and software products in virtual isolation. This behavior stemmed from the desire to hide trade secrets from competition and maintain a lead in the market. Few solutions dominated the IT landscape and gave customers limited options while allowing products to thrive on high profit margins. Ever since the success of Linux, the market has been moving to a new paradigm in which hardware and software platforms harness co-development supported by a larger ecosystem of developers and partners... (more)