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Ray DePena

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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)

Telepresence – The Face of the Cloud

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Yesterday I had the opportunity to pay a visit to a few vendors at the virtual VoiceCon event.  I enjoyed a chat with an Alcatel-Lucent representative, learned a bit about Avaya's Aura Unified Communications (UC) platform, and viewed an IBM Lotus Sametime Unified Telephony demo.  Virtual attendance at the event during the time that I joined was under 300 participants. Other companies participating included Siemens, Sprint, and Acme Packet. As you can imagine given the ongoing economic challenges, and the demand for green technologies, businesses are seek... (more)

Innovation and Risk in the Clouds - III

Early Bird at Cloud Expo In part 1 and part 2 we covered the alignment between strategy, organizational culture, innovation, and cloud computing; and discussed the risk of innovation in the cloud.  Now lets turn our attention towards our respective organizations. Innovation in the world of business occurs in organizations ready to take an acceptable level of managed, calculated, and measured risks. While it’s true that an airplane is safest in the hangar, that’s not what airplanes are for, and it would likely make for one unhappy pilot, wasting her skill, education, and training... (more)

The Future of Cloud Management

In a few days the year 2011 will be with us, and just a decade ago, in 2001, while AOL was busy buying Time Warner for $162 billion, IBM had just started an autonomic computing initiative. The intent of autonomic computing was to address the increasing complexity of computer systems by enabling self-management technologies. Salesforce.com had just launched its service in 2000, and in 2001 it had generated a mere $5 million in revenue. Who could have guessed that 10 years later it would go on to become a Fortune 500 company? Today, we all know how the AOL and Salesforce.com storie... (more)

Parlez-vous le Cloud Computing? RunMyProcess Does

RunMyProcess (RMP), the Cloud-based business process management startup that secured $2.2 million Series A funding last year, has added Shared inbox for Gmail to its tool kit, facilitating increased collaboration, productivity, agility, and easier management of open customer support tickets or other shared inbox requirements. Shared Inbox group members can see all incoming tickets and assign them accordingly while communicating anonymously through the shared inbox with the support ticket originator. RMP is fully integrated with Google Apps and enables organizations to design, r... (more)