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 and SuccessFactors. IBM, which typically
claims that it is not in the “application” space, has been adding to its
SaaS portfolio with business analytics solutions like DemandTec and Emptoris.
SaaS solutions are a great way to open cloud markets to large technology
companies as the subscrip... (more)
A lot of vendors are announcing “cloud washed” solutions that is just
adding to the hype in this nascent technology. It also adds to customer
cynicism on what really makes is a cloud solution? I see an increasing number
of ISV’s say we have a cloud-enabled solution. Sometimes it is just press
release that they have “announced” a cloud solution in partnership with a
hosting provider. Under the covers, this press release is just the capability
to host their application in the data center of the hosting company. This is
the kind of solution that customers have been doing for years a... (more)
It took me a while to digest Intel’s acquisition of McAfee. Other than
giving Intel an opportunity to improve the desktop architecture by
integrating security into chips and expanding their software footprint, this
acquisition can also make a huge impact on the cloud computing architecture.
Security is one of the biggest roadblocks that customers have to address when
evaluating the possibility of using cloud computing technology in their
solutions. Current technology to address security concerns increase hardware,
software and services costs reducing benefits gained. Project times... (more)
In the aerospace industry, two huge product delays recently cost Airbus
(A380) and Boeing (787) billions of dollars. The biggest issue faced were the
challenges encountered in integrating products from a myriad of suppliers
into one highly tested and reliable airplane. Components like landing gear,
engines, fuel systems and fuselage sections have to work in sync with each
other to ensure that the final product is reliable enough to carry hundreds
of passengers on each flight.
So how does this example fit into cloud computing? As information technology
is delivered as a service, ... (more)
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)