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At the quarterly meeting of the cloud standards customer council held on December 13, 2011, Fireclay Tile presented their story on using Salesforce as a cornerstone of their success in leveraging cloud technology during challenging times. The presenter was Eric Edelson, the VP and owner of Fireclay Tile, not anyone from Information Technology (IT).  That is because at Fireclay Tile, there is no IT department!  All IT work is managed by line of business and delivered by cloud service providers.  Fireclay Tile pays by usage and hires appropriate integration providers to modify their package to suit their needs and buy add-ons from Salesforce AppExchange. The presentation was on standard benefits that companies get from cloud technology. However, the “large enterprise vendor” audience challenged the presenter with standard objections typically raised by big companies: h... (more)

OpenStack in Asia – Where Business Agility Trumps Cost Savings

Enterprise customers are frustrated with growing costs and limitations of traditional IT software. This problem is exacerbated when start-ups appear out of nowhere to compete with agile businesses powered by the cloud. To meet customers' needs, I have seen a number of legacy IT vendors extend the OpenStack cloud platform to give their customers a viable cloud computing operating system that does not lock customers in with a single provider and limited options. Recognizing the growing popularity of OpenStack among enterprise developers, HP sponsored OpenStack "Stackups" across As... (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)

Open Source + Cloud

HP and Microsoft fall under the category of major enterprise technology providers along with Cisco, IBM, Oracle, SAP and VMWare/EMC. With an eye on projected cloud computing revenue growth, they are all looking at ways to expand their cloud computing presence in order to avoid being overtaken by this transformational change. These two companies made announcements recently that caught my attention (but there are more): HP announced the purchase of Vertica followed by embracing OpenStack and CloudFoundry as part of their cloud offerings. Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and others announce... (more)

IBM’s Patterns and Its Impact on IT Services Purchasing

Cloud computing is fundamentally changing the IT ecosystem in many ways, forcing related changes in business models.  Other than customers (who are always “king” and make buying decisions), the IT ecosystem players being affected by cloud includes technology providers, independent software vendors (ISVs) and systems integrators (SIs).   One of the battles being fought right now by technology providers is to develop end-to-end cloud platform stacks attractive to ISVs.  IBM announced additions to their recently launched PureSystems family at Impact 2012 with more than 125 ISVs supp... (more)