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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 – emerging technology, emerging standards, emerging adoption, varying definitions, and yet the call was made in that space. Cloud computing is a shot across the bow for the giants of the IT industry.  They are on notice.  Certainly, some will make the transition, slowly, at the speed which... (more)

A Golden Key To The Cloud - For You!

One of my grand hopes for all of you, and your respective enterprises in 2010, is that you find your way to the Clouds.  The coming years will be both exciting and challenging as we collectively migrate our enterprises to cloud computing.  Speaking of enterprises, I owe all of you an article on preparing your enterprise for the cloud.  I continue to work on it, thought it's not quite ready yet.  Besides, this week, I have the pleasure of meeting with a world class, cloud computing leader, and I hope to glean further insights that will help shed light on the future of the enterprise.  In the meantime, to show my appreciation for your loyal readership, I am including a Special Offer for you.  The key to the cloud is - knowledge - so to help you acquire that knowledge, I am extending a special invitation to attend the 5th International Cloud Expo at the Jacob Javits Conv... (more)

SiSense Announces Native Connectivity to Salesforce.com, Zendesk, Google

SiSense, a provider of Big Data Analytics Software, recently announced Prism 3.0, the latest version of its end-to-end Business Intelligence (BI) solution. With over 100 new features, Prism 3.0 introduces breakthrough in data access. Prism 3.0 enables customers to work with more data faster, regardless the number of datasources, no matter how big their data is or how fast it grows. A fully featured trial of Prism 3.0 can be downloaded for free here. More Data, No Code Traditional Business Intelligence tools require users to learn proprietary scripting languages to access and combine data. This process prevents non-technical users from working with data and building analytics quickly. In contrast, SiSense makes working with data a breeze. The solution lets business users combine data from Cloud and On-premises sources without any coding or scripting. “It's fantastic... (more)

Cloud Expo Europe 2009 in Prague: Themes & Topics

The overall conference theme of Cloud Expo Europe [3rd International Cloud Expo] which will take place, May 18-19, 2009, in Prague, Czech Republic is "Deploying Cloud Computing in the Enterprise." Here we present a round-up of Themes & Topics that will be covered in the rich array of breakout sessions, General Sessions, and Power Panel dicussions at the 2-day event. Our organizing principle for the Prague event is that through our intensive schedule of keynotes, general and breakout sessions, attending delegates will be assured of leaving with abundant resources, ideas and examples they can apply immediately to leveraging the Cloud, helping them to maximize performance, minimize cost and improve the scalability of their Enterprise IT endeavors. The event is co-located with SYS-CON's Virtualization Conference Europe 2009. Register Today for a Golden Pass and Attend Both... (more)

Salesforce.com Drives Enterprise Cloud Computing Adoption Across Europe

Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced that companies across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) are adopting cloud computing from salesforce.com in record numbers. In its first fiscal quarter of 2010, salesforce.com approached 10,000 customers in EMEA - an increase of roughly 70 per cent from the same period last year. Salesforce.com's cloud computing model provides many benefits to enterprises globally requiring only moderate operating expense and offering a pay-as-you-go, elastic model that can scale with a business' changing needs. Based on salesforce.com's real-time, multi-tenant architecture, Salesforce CRM and the Force.com Cloud platform offer the fastest path to customer success in the cloud. Research firm IDC predicts spending on IT cloud services will grow almost threefold, reaching $42 billion by 2012 (1... (more)

Salesforce.com Reseller Navatar Group Announces Free Cloud Computing CRM

Navatar Group is now providing free CRM for eight months, to help you prepare for the expected rebound in the worldwide financial markets. Navatar, a global salesforce.com partner and Value Added Reseller (VAR), on Wednesday announced this summer promotion for their Cloud Computing Solutions for Hedge Funds, Capital Markets, Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions and Placement Agents, running in salesforce.com's cloud. Financial firms can now get pre-built software-as-a-service for their business up and running within a day or two. They will also get the underlying force.com seats from salesforce.com free as part of this promotion. In addition, Navatar Group provides all implementation services, accounts/contacts migration, training, maintenance and email support for these solutions free of charge. The promotion applies to new customers for Navatar Group's Financial... (more)

The Answer Is “Cloud,” What’s the Question?

I attended two days of Cloud Expo, organized by SYS-CON at the Santa Clara convention center here. The expo runs for four days, with today November 4th. being the last day.  I was also one of many speakers at this conference. One feels the Cloud computing movement is in full gear after listening to many speakers and walking the exhibit halls. Many booths by known and new vendors – Oracle, SAP, Cisco, NaviSite,..the bias seemed more towards infrastructure providers. Folks who either run hosting services or supply gear to these services were in large numbers. Hence we saw Intel, Cisco, Rackspace, Savvis, Amazon, Microsoft, etc. There were very few SaaS vendors such as SalesForce.com or Netsuite.  The part of Oracle present was, as expected, the former Sun folks displaying the Exacloud server, recently announced at Oracle Open World. Several new vendors such as Abiquo,... (more)

Cloud Computing: Compuware Integrates Changepoint with Salesforce CRM

Compuware Corporation is offering a new integration between its professional services automation (PSA) solution, Changepoint, and Salesforce CRM. This integration is supposed to tie together PSA and CRM business processes, as well as account data, sales opportunity and contact information that would enable companies to better market services as standalone offerings or as part of a whole product solution. After financials, according to SPI Research's 2010 Service Performance Benchmark Study, CRM is the second-most popular professional services application and used by 86 percent of respondents. The integration with Salesforce CRM will further extend Changepoint's ability to serve the entire customer lifecycle - from marketing, to sales, to service delivery - by helping services executives seeking to better understand services requirements in the sales pipeline and be... (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 positions to work in an effort to win over the hearts and minds of SMB and corporate customer. It won't be easy as new entrants to the enterprise market like Amazon and Google charge ahead at breathtaking speeds threatening the legacy player's dominance. While those companies are not held back by... (more)

Oracle Fusion Applications: Respect and Suspect

There is an old saying: Respect and Suspect. When someone declare, write or say something, do not decry or ignore him - respect him.  It may turn out that the information he provides is valuable or useful. On the other hand, Suspect and check whether what was manifested is true, half true or false. This attitude is the corn stone of Scientific Research. I am not a Scientist, but during few decades in IT, I found Respect and Suspect as very useful approach  as well as in my hobby playing Bridge (respect and suspect your opponents bids and play). The old saying came to my mind, while reading good news: Oracle Fusion Applications was released for use by Early Adopters after five years of development. The article was published by Mark Fontecchio in PeopleSoft Planet site. The following bullets summarize the article: 1.   Oracle Fusion Applications is ready but are the c... (more)

Salesforce Internet of Things Presentation @ThingsExpo New York

A lot of people are heralding IoT as the future, but what can your business do today? Quite a lot, it turns out, if you know what to look for and how to talk about it. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at @ThingsExpo, Reid Carlberg, Senior Director at Salesforce.com, discussed business processes ripe for IoT style solutions and provide real-world examples in operation today. He also covered several fun ways to inspire your organization, share some lessons learned about solution development and offer several next steps designed to get you started. If you missed Reid's Internet of @ThingsExpo New York session, here are his presentation slides to learn how to kick start your company's IoT efforts into high gear. Speaker Bio: Reid Carlberg hacks quadcopters, automates 3D printers and built the only hot sauce-inator in enterprise software today. As a Senior D... (more)