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Cloud computing solutions require a diverse set of technologies (networking, server management, virtualization, etc.) and skills (integration, multi-tenant application development, etc.) working together in harmony to bring optimum solutions for customers. Necessity of multiple technologies working together challenges large technology companies with profitable on-premise products to integrate efforts in the conceptualization, development, selling and delivery of cloud computing solutions. Multiple billion-dollar brands, successful in their own right, tend to work independently while selling a cloud computing solution portfolio. These individual solutions often compete with other internal brands. Customers end up getting perplexed in trying to understand the direction they should take. During interactions with large technology companies, I am connected with employe... (more)

Enterprise Talent Wars and IBM’s Acquisition of Kenexa

Last week I was at the LinuxCon and OpenCloud conference held in San Diego.  This conference is filled with relaxed techies to an extent that I felt comfortable strolling around on the last day in shorts and the trendy “The Open Summer” conference t-shirt.  One interesting aspect about the conference was that recruiters, not marketers, staffed several exhibit booths.  There was also a jobs board outside that was packed with job postings not only from large companies like Red Hat, EMC, Rackspace and Akamai but also start-ups like InkTank, DE Shaw Research and OpenMobile.  The ba... (more)

What Are Cloud Certifications?

Recently a number of companies have been talking about cloud certifications.  The topics cover security, resilience and HIPAA among other certifications. The federal leadership in cloud computing talks about centralized certifications. Cloud computing certifications should belong in broad categories, for example: Standards: Do products or solutions adhere to industry or technology standards e.g security, etc Communications: Platform portability and inter-cloud communications should fall here.  Encapsulation of multiple standards become important here. Individual certifications:... (more)

Cloud Computing Connections - It's All About the Plumbing

Cloud Computing Bootcamp (Santa Clara, CA | November 2, 2010) Cloud computing is filled with innovation. One of the crucial aspects that makes cloud computing initiatives successful is integration. And there are companies developing innovative solutions in cloud-based integration.  During my ecosystem presentation at Clloud Expo's Cloud Computing Bootcamp last month, I identified two such companies: Boomi and Cast Iron. On May 3rd, IBM announced its purchase of Cast Iron. What makes it interesting is that IBM is already the leader in integration solutions. What makes Cast Iron a... (more)

Making the Government $$$ Foster Real Innovation and Competition

In the mid '90s, I started up a practice at a large systems integrator helping customers plan, design and implement on-premise e-mail systems. Very often the differentiator was the collaborative functions that an organization could also leverage during the e-mail system implementation. This capability helped departments share information and react to market dynamics faster. At that time we never dreamt of putting email information outside of an organizations network. Customers spent millions in purchasing licenses, hardware and implementation services to give them an edge over th... (more)