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Ray DePena

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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 rel...
It’s time to think about time. According to Wikipedia, in physics, spacetime is any mathematical model that combines space and time into a single continuum. In cosmology, the concept of spacetime combines space and time to a single abstract universe. But you know we’re not here to tal...
OpSource, a privately held, SAS 70 Type II, PCI DSS Level 1 Cloud Service Provider headquartered in Santa Clara, CA with 150 employees worldwide has been acquired by Dimension Data, a $4.7 billion ICT services and solutions provider and wholly owned subsidiary of NTT. Like others befo...
Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats. ~ Howard Aiken That seems an appropriate quote for microcomputer’s early days and the challenges that faced Paul Allen. I received Paul Allen’s book, “Idea Man” fou...
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 ti...
So you've been posting on WordPress.com and due to lack of JavaScript support used by many popular widgets or other reasons, you're now considering having your blog hosted on Amazon Web Services' Free Usage Tier. I decided to see what it would take to move my current WordPress.com blo...
Amplidata, an object storage technology company specializing in petabyte-scale, unstructured data storage, has announced the availability of the AmpliStor AS20, a 1U rackable 20 Terabyte storage unit that uses Intel’s Atom microprocessor, consuming just 7watts per terabyte. Amplidata ...
Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Chris O’Connell, Director of Product Marketing for Nimsoft, a provider of integrated IT management solutions owned by CA Technologies. Nimsoft has just announced the availability of its Unified Manager solution which combines IT Monit...
Given the state of the global economy and the increasing adoption of Cloud computing it’s no surprise that lately there have been a number of articles on achieving Cloud computing savings ranging from 40% savings according to an EEOC case study to as much as 80% savings according to Mi...
On the IEEE Spectrum Robotics blog, I came across this blog post, “Cloud Robotics: Connected to the Cloud, Robots Get Smarter” written by Erico Guizzo. It’s an interesting read on the possibilities of leveraging the Cloud in the field of robotics. Robotics has long be...
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 decl...
As Kevin Jackson points out in this post on Cloud Musings, the U.S. Federal Government CIO Vivek Kundra’s 25 Point IT Management Reform program ranges from a “Cloud-First” policy to consolidating 800 data centers. That’s a lot less data centers buying up servers and applications, and i...
Cloud computing continues to fundamentally alter the way enterprises procure, deploy and manage IT resources, and this combination helps create a tipping point for ‘everything-as-a-service.’ –Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer at Verizon Communications, as quoted by ...
2010 was certainly an exciting year in the Cloudsphere with every major technology company positioning their companies for the ultimate game of the decade – Who Will Be The Future King of The Cloud? AT&T, CA, Cisco, CSC, Dell, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and Verizon among others will ...
If you have not seen or read James Urquhar’s recent articles on “’Go to’ clouds of the future”, I encourage you to do so. It’s a great assessment of today’s service providers position in the marketplace as they transition to cloud computing models. I’m inclined to agree with several o...
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 b...
Today, November 1st, marks the 1st day at the 7th International Cloud Expo, November 1-4, 2010 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, and there’s simply no other way to state it. –The days of centralized IT control within the enterprise are coming to an en...
The VoiceCon 2010 event, now called, “Enterprise Connect!” is underway this week from Orlando, Florida; broadcasting keynotes from Avaya, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft and Siemens, which you can watch for free on VoiceCon TV. As I mentioned previously, in my last unified commun...
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 us...
For others, that will build and support their own enterprise cloud environments, the dynamic nature of cloud computing – with servers, networks, and storage dynamically showing up and disappearing from the environment, it will be a difficult and challenging model to manage; particularl...
Do you have reservations about cloud computing?  You are not alone. Cloud computing is no panacea. You may wonder then why I'm a cloud computing advocate.  Well, simply put, it has the best business model potential I have seen in the marketplace since the advent of the Internet. While ...
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 i...
So, you’ve run a tight ship for the past 18 months, battening down the hatches, freezing hires, and going into a virtual operations lockdown waiting for the proverbial “rainy day” to stop and the sun to come out – corporate hibernation. That’s a sensible ...
Congratulations! You made it to 2010. Welcome to the next decade in technology innovation that will change the world! I resisted putting together a list of predictions for the coming year, mainly because like many people I tend to predict too much change in the near term, and not enoug...
As most of you are aware, last week Salesforce.com held its DreamForce 2009 Cloud Computing event.  Unfortunately, I had a conflict with an ITIL course and was unable to attend what is arguably one of the most important Cloud Computing events of the year.  However, I did have the pleas...
Today I am delighted to introduce Mr. Rick Gordon, Managing Director at the Civitas Group, as Competitive Business Innovation’s first guest blogger.  I am honored to have him blogging with us. The Civitas Group is a consulting firm specializing in the field of homeland and natio...
Vanilla, Chocolate or a Swirl?  Rocky Road may be next as it looks like a bumpy ride ahead. The popular kids on the cloud computing block are the public types, which makes sense to me, particularly at this early junction of the industry.  Though a common opinion by industry insiders i...
While I was off enjoying some brain candy by way of obtaining PMI’s PMP (Project Management Professional) certification last Monday, the IT landscape was busy reconfiguring itself. I enjoyed reading Jeffrey Kaplan’s analysis of the Perot acquisition by Dell, and Informati...
Random thoughts… H1: The degree of acceleration in (business and technological) innovation (models) is positively correlated with the increase in technological abstraction. C1: The (social) network externality effect is positively exponentially correlated to the degree of positiv...
In the excitement of witnessing the dawn of a new era in computing, we often overlook the fact that while many of us understand the benefits of cloud computing, there are many more that are just beginning this exciting journey. For those just getting started, here’s a few quotes...
In a recent article by Treff LaPlante, CEO at WorkXpress, a Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider, Treff points out the rising importance of the business analyst in the cloud computing paradigm. “Using a 5GL PaaS an entire company can be automated from scratch in just a matter o...
Cloud computing (the convergence of many of these pre-existing technologies), through its service providers, makes these technologies accessible to small and medium business in a simple, cost effective manner, without the need to have a deep understanding of these technologies. So how...
All aboard the Cloud Express.  Next Stop, Gold Country! Ok, I’m a bit biased, I live in gold country (educational link for our global friends), and no, for this gold rush you won’t need picks, pans, and shovels, but you will need an Internet connection and a browser, or as ...
I focus on technological innovation because it drives innovation throughout the global economy, changing what we make, what we use, and what we do. Centers of technological innovation become centers of innovation across a broad economic spectrum for two reasons: innovation in technolog...
American health expenditure diverged from the rest of the world circa 1980. At that point, many other developed countries decided not to deregulate healthcare, while the US deregulated it, softening or removing limitations on advertising, consolidation, entry, pricing, and patent expir...
A major SaaS vendor such as NetSuite, says Rauch, can squeeze much higher utilization out of its servers while sticking to a high up-time pledge (Netsuite guarantees 99.5 percent up time). NetSuite runs one large data center for its 6,600 customers, using highly efficient servers from ...
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Is anyone breaking through? There are many cloud computing point solutions throughout a variety of categories, calendaring, scheduling, contact management, and many others focused around 3 main customer segments. 1. Individual / Family 2. Comm...
I was an early advocate to get the company on the Internet, and during that time had the opportunity to work with Chan Suh, now CEO of Agency.com, and Joel Maloff, an Internet consultant at the time. The most fascinating conversations (for me) were not with the very knowledgeable Ch...
Did you see the announcement by Google? They announced a competing Google OS to Microsoft’s Windows. Predictable. Microsoft announces Bing, to counter Google search, and Google announces Chrome OS, to counter Microsoft’s Windows OS. No threat to Alexander the Great’s legacy of ca...
via savvis.net Good overview from Gartner on who’s who in the hosting landscape. While each of the players have their strengths and weaknesses, Rackspace has my mindshare. Who has yours? Posted via web from raydepena’s posterous