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Innovation Journal on Ulitzer The time has come to declare the beginning of the end for the traditional approach to Information Technology.  The party is over. The End of IT 1.0 As We Know It – has begun.  To borrow a phrase from my previous IBM colleagues who wrote, “The End of TV As We Know It” with which I became familiar while working on IP Television (IPTV). You may wonder whether it’s too early to make the call given the lack of interoperability standards, security concerns, and common definition of cloud computing.  Well, the IPTV space shares many of the same similarities – emerging technology, emerging standards, emerging adoption, varying definitions, and yet the call was made in that space. Cloud computing is a shot across the bow for the giants of the IT industry.  They are on notice.  Certainly, some will make the transition, slowly, at the speed which... (more)

Cloud Talk with Peter Coffee: What's Next for the Cloud?

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Peter Coffee, of eWeek fame.  Peter, as industry veterans may be aware, was eWeek's Technology Editor, and is now Director of Platform Research for Salesforce.com, a leader in cloud computing. Our conversation began with my blatant attempt at gaining insight about Salesforce's strategic roadmap, knowing full well only the CEO can answer those type of questions, but you never know what you can glean from a non-response.  Hey, I gave it a shot. Then the real discussion of our meeting began.  The economic advantages of the cloud computi... (more)

Innovation and Risk in the Clouds - II

Early Bird at Cloud Expo In Part 1 of Innovation and Risk in the Clouds, I focused on the alignment between strategy, organizational culture, innovation, and cloud computing. In part 2 we will discuss some of the risks and challenges cloud computing presents. Do you remember the last time you took a risk?  The first time?  Do you remember the first time you saw your company take a meaningful risk? In business there are some very memorable moments in risk taking.  Which ones do you recall?  One of my favorites is the Apple, Xerox, Microsoft, and IBM story told in the Pirates of Si... (more)

Amazon, Salesforce.com, Google Continue to Lead the Cloudsphere

Early Bird at Cloud Expo Cloud computing continues to gain steam, and it has been some time since we first asked, who is gaining your mind share? As previously noted in the 4Q09 article, this list is a subjective impression of Cloud Service Providers (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS) on the cloud computing radar. As usual, large technology companies like AT&T, Dell, EMC, HP, Microsoft, Unisys, and others where cloud computing is a small part of their overall offering portfolio have been excluded. So here is my list of the Top 25 Cloud Services Providers gaining mind share in the first quarter of... (more)

IT Giants Battle for Virtualization and Cloud Computing Dominance

The Desktop and its Operating System was yesteryear's battleground. We know how that story turned out - Microsoft won that war. Then the browser wars began and that battle rages on. Similarly with the rise of smartphone technology and other mobile platforms, Nielsen has even declared Android as the smartphone winner - only time will tell for sure. The bottom line is that the giants of IT are seeking out a winning control point in this new Cloud computing paradigm, and virtualization - the ability to run multiple operating systems on the same physical server, which is currently d... (more)