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Cloud Computing on Ulitzer 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 Players in Cloud Computing, 85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud, and The VAR Guy's SaaS 20 Index. Large technology companies like AT&T, EMC / VMware, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Unisys, and others that come to mind have not been included below in the top 20... (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)

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)

Enterprise Cloud Computing and the Services Led Organization

Charge! That’s the rallying cry not of your IT on the way to the Cloud, but your business units as they use their corporate American Express (AMEX) cards to buy Cloud services. The Cloud, like the Internet before it, seems deceptively easy. Back then, it was just connect. Done. Today, it’s just subscribe. Done. The illusion is powerful and seductive, isn’t it? As a C-level executive, you know better though. Being the CEO, CIO, or other senior executive responsible for running a global business with more than 10,000+ employees is no easy task. Perhaps you’re a Fortune 500 company o... (more)

Why is the Cloud Needed for Small Businesses?

Good overview of the benefits of Cloud Computing for SMBs via itvoir.com. Various analysts predict that if cloud computing offers benefits to enterprise IT departments, then it is an absolute boon to small and midsize companies. Instead of making do with a small, under resourced IT staff trying to emulate the productivity of IT outfits with multimillion-dollar budgets, smaller companies can now access enterprise-class technology with low up-front costs and easy scalability. The Benefits of Cloud Computing for SMBs Cloud computing is fast evolving from a futuristic technology into ... (more)