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Cloud Computing Tracking and Blogging

Chasing the clouds

In a prior post I addressed some of the questions that I have been receiving and have been selecting some of those questions as the basis for a few posts. Today’s question is simple enough though the answer may be lengthier than expected.

How do you keep track of so many Cloud computing companies? What tools do you use?

Usually I don’t talk about blogging or other tools, since there are plenty of prolific bloggers with more experience than I, though I’ll go ahead and cover it in this one post. The quick response is:

  1. I can’t possibly keep track of all the companies in the segment, so I don’t, and
  2. I use a wide array of tools to help me notice emerging Cloud computing companies.

For blogging itself I use WordPress as my main destination and RSS feeds move the content to Ulitzer, CloudTweaks, and CloudBook which gives my blog a broader audience. I also monitor Blogger and Posterous for future development, though I don’t keep those up-to-date at the moment. However, I am looking forward to seeing what Google has up its sleeve with its update to the Blogger platform.

As for tracking, WorkStreamer (Beta) helps me keep tabs on 141 companies. LinkedIn groups,Quora, Focus, Twitter, and sharing tools (HootSuite, Shareaholic) help me follow and participate in conversations of executives and influencers in the industry.

Recently, I began using Nimble (Beta), a social CRM tool, which I think of as a Personal Relationship Manager similar to Connected and Gist. Nimble enables me to manage my Gmail accounts, Twitter, and LinkedIn contacts all in one place.

I also use Google Docs and the Apps suite, Gmail, Google timeline, news, calendar, and reader. LinkedIn Today helps aggregate a lot of the news sources that I read among thoseReadWriteWeb, TechCrunch, Mashable, and traditional media like the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, and Economist.

I’d love to hear what tools professional Bloggers use to keep up with all the mayhem. For some additional insight, you can take a look at Alexandra Samuel‘s excellent screen cast in her post, “How to write a blog post in 10 minutes” to see how some of the pros blog, though her 10 minutes is easily an hour or more for me – your mileage may vary.

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Ray DePena worked at IBM for over 12 years in various senior global roles in managed hosting sales, services sales, global marketing programs (business innovation), marketing management, partner management, and global business development.
His background includes software development, computer networking, systems engineering, and IT project management. He holds an MBA in Information Systems, Marketing, and International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and a BBA in Computer Systems from the City University of New York at Baruch College.

Named one of the World's 30 Most Influential Cloud Computing Bloggers in 2009, Top 50 Bloggers on Cloud Computing in 2010, and Top 100 Bloggers on Cloud Computing in 2011, he is the Founder and Editor of Amazon.com Journal,Competitive Business Innovation Journal,and Salesforce.com Journal.

He currently serves as an Industry Advisor for the Higher Education Sector on a National Science Foundation Initiative on Computational Thinking. Born and raised in New York City, Mr. DePena now lives in northern California. He can be followed on:

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