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The shift to cloud computing is underway, and to some degree I can understand the concerns of organizations with tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of employees, though they too can benefit from this shift to cloud computing through an on premise approach. What interests me are the reasons why companies with less than 1,000 employees are not aggressively investigating or pursuing cloud computing. Given their size, flexibility, entrepreneurial spirit, and their agility, they stand to benefit long before larger organizations. If you’re a small to medium size business owner, what are your main concerns shifting to cloud computing?  Is it a lack of understanding of its benefits or other concerns? From a benefits perspective, I would surmise that the ones below would be an attractive starting point for SMB / SME companies. Pay for what you use.  No need to ... (more)

Top 55 Cloud Computing Enablers Gaining Mind Share in 1Q 2011

It's that time again. Today we take a look at 1Q 2011 to see which Cloud players are gaining mindshare. You can guarantee that the Cloud computing segment will be even more exciting to watch in 2011 than it was in 2010 as large enterprise information technology companies continue their rapid restructuring to an on-demand cloud computing model by gobbling up tasty Cloud morsels seeking to save time and money in the process by adding proven, high quality Cloud solutions to their portfolios. The easy pickings are disappearing quickly as the giants of IT put their healthy cash posit... (more)

The Cloud’s Cultural Obstacles

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,”... (more)

The End of IT 1.0 As We Know It Has Begun

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 ... (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)