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After writing my last blog on the government use of cloud solutions, I attended two events and found solutions that can address the need of leveraging data analytics toimproving business outcomes. The internet of things has been a hot term for a long time and the associated challenge has always been on how to leverage this data. Challenges facing governments in collecting a wide realm of data from multiple sources has been a perpetual challenge but cloud computing and big data analytics makes it a “solvable” problem. There are some major characteristics that such solutions need to have: 1. Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) tools or similar process capabilities 2. Data Warehouse 3. Data Mining 4. Real Time Stream Processing 5. Dashboard Capability If you want to learn more on how to start on this path, do plan to attend Cloud Computing Bootcamp held as a track with ... (more)

Oracle’s Acquisition of Xsigo: The Drive to Integrated Stacks

Acquisitions in the cloud computing space have been picking up recently as technology companies look to offer end-to-end solutions.  It also shows that for large companies, innovation through acquisition is becoming more popular as a way to adapt to changing technology trends.  Cloud acquisitions typically fall into the Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) category. Oracle has been a voracious cloud acquirer with a number of SaaS acquisitions like RightNow, Taleo and Vitrue.  SAP has also been adding to their SaaS portfolio with purchases of Ariba ... (more)

Reflections on the Future of Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Typical cloud computing conferences feature a large contingent of pay-to-pay sponsors who are looking primarily for ROI from marketing budgets at these shows. It is always refreshing to attend a sponsored event where speakers focus instead on energetic presentations and panel discussions aimed at gaining clarity on evolving topics. Platform as a Service (PaaS) is one aspect of cloud computing that is still evolving but maturing quickly. Deploycon 2013 was a good sponsored workshop (held in conjunction with the Cloud Connect conference) to set the tone on the future of PaaS. Wi... (more)

Will Microsoft Be Successful in the Cloud?

When you think of IT vendors and cloud computing, companies like Amazon and Google first come to mind because they are very successful with start-ups that leverage their cloud services. HP, IBM and Oracle are making big strides primarily by targeting large enterprises with private cloud solutions. Cisco, EMC and Intel are primarily technology vendors serving as arms providers to cloud service providers. Microsoft falls in a unique category that dominates certain IT segments and covers customers ranging from start-ups, consumers and large enterprises. The recent Microsoft Build co... (more)

Do Not Pass on PaaS

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)