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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 of certain vendors BPMS offerings will naturally lead to integration with their product portfolio for the likes of IBM, Oracle, SAP, EMC, and others. And while the “pure plays” which do not have an extensive offerings portfolio beyond their BPMS offering can remain agnostic, will they, or w... (more)

The Cloud, SaaS, and IT PPM

In the same vein as the article on BPMS, have you considered a SaaS based IT PPMS (Project and Portfolio Management Systems) tool for your next project? If you are in that process now, you’re in luck as Gartner has recently released their review of those tools. The report can be found here. Is there a gap between your customer mission / needs, and IT mission / service delivery capabilities? How can the SaaS IT PPMS tools help you close that gap? Well, for starters, we may consider some advantages of SaaS based PPMS tools such as Daptiv and AtTask. Drawingvia mediaproducts.gartner.... (more)

Einstein, Sharks and Clouds

Cloud Expo on Ulitzer What can these things possibly have in common?  In a word – relativity. I’m reminded of the old joke, two guys are swimming in the ocean when they notice a shark and one guy takes off swimming towards the boat, while the other says, “What are you doing?  We can’t swim faster than a shark”, the other replies, “I don’t need to swim faster than a shark, just faster than you.” Lately there has been a barrage of articles with regards to cloud security, and some very public demonstrations of outages with Facebook and Twitter.  Its been a field day for many who op... (more)

Einstein, Sharks and Clouds: IT Security in the Cloud

What can these things possibly have in common?  In a word - relativity.  I'm reminded of the old joke, two guys are swimming in the ocean when they notice a shark and one guy takes off swimming towards the boat, while the other says, "What are you doing?  We can't swim faster than a shark", the other replies, "I don't need to swim faster than a shark, just faster than you." Lately there has been a barrage of articles with regards to cloud security, and some very public demonstrations of outages with Facebook and Twitter.  Its been a field day for many who oppose the cloud computing... (more)

Top 20 Cloud Services Providers That Are Gaining Mind Share

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 reference – The Top 150 Pl... (more)