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Did you happen to catch David Garner’s piece on InformationWeek regarding culture as it pertains to cloud computing? If you haven’t (and cloud computing is of interest to you), you should take a read because it provides a very important key insight.  Here is the key phrase that caught my attention (in bold): Business decision makers don’t understand the potential value of private clouds, said 76% of surveyed IT executives. The most-cited benefit (41%) of private cloud computing is its perceived ability to improve efficiency. Other benefits mentioned were: “resource scalability,” cited by 18%; “cutting costs,” 17%; “experimenting with cloud computing,” 15%; and “improving IT responsiveness,” 9%. The survey, conducted by grid and cloud provider Platform Computing, detected a major stumbling block for deployment: 76% of the IT executives believe that business decision ... (more)

Which Cloud Services Providers Are Gaining Mind Share?

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share?  Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements.  So many that I've been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this segment. There are several lists that are excellent points of ... (more)

Cloud Expo East - First Impressions

As many of you are aware, Monday, April 19th, marked the first day of the Cloud Computing Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Prior to the opening keynote address by Richard Sarwal and Hasan Rizvi both with Oracle, I ran into Fuat Kircaali, founder and chairman of SYS-CON Media, Cloud Expo, Inc. and Ulitzer, Inc., and had the opportunity to meet him before the event began. As I sat waiting for the keynote to begin, I spoke briefly with Eirikur Sveinn Hrafnsson, founder and CEO of the soon to be launched Greenqloud based in Iceland, the world's first Green Cloud powe... (more)

The Cloud’s Tipping Point

I always enjoy hearing from those of you who have come to the conclusion that cloud computing will not work, and decided you will not be developing plans to shift your business to the Cloud. Sometimes the analysis is sound. More often than not, it omits key variables. Perhaps you relied too much on vendor input for key variables in your analysis, or on your own in-house staff that may not necessarily have the skills, experience, or vested interest in such analysis. After all, how often do they undertake such an analysis in the first place? How well does it compare to an unbiased,... (more)

The Cloud, SaaS and BPMS

Many have discussed and commented on Cloud computing’s benefits, as well as its risks, though I have heard few discussions on Cloud computing’s impact on business process re-engineering, and how to get from the existing internal business processes to a Cloud computing model. For smaller organizations this may not be as great a concern as it would be for larger, more complex organizations, with many stakeholders. It will be interesting to see how the major vendors of BPMS position themselves for this migration to Cloud computing. We can be certain of one thing, and that is, the use... (more)