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IT after the Flood

Cloud computing darkens the sky. Rain shall fail. A flood shall rage. And IT as we know it shall be wiped from the earth. No, I don’t see that happening. Despite the apparent fears of many in IT, I don’t

Posted in Cloud Computing

Platform-as-a-Service: Liberation from System Administrators

After finishing my prior post on Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), I realized I perhaps misused the acronym PaaS. I described, or what markets as, as PaaS. While is a platform sold as a service, it

Posted in Cloud Computing

Does SaaS-PaaS=ASP?

In the 1990s, analysts proclaimed ASP the future of software. Application Service Providers offered software over the Internet, a revolutionary model that would take over the industry. Unfortunately, customers insist on modifying their enterprise applications, preferring to make the software

Posted in Cloud Computing, Salesforce, SAP

The Contextual Value of Cloud Computing

Businesses stand to benefit financially from cloud computing in several ways, but the actual value in each case depends on the circumstances. Cost Reduction: Many assume that cloud computing reduces cost, and it might, but this assumption requires verification. Outsourcing

Posted in Cloud Computing

Cloudy Compliance

Could this scenario apply to your organization? You take compliance seriously. Departments define business processes through policies and procedure documents. The procedures include controls to assure compliance. Internal and external teams audit the processes and test the controls. Accordingly, IT

Posted in Cloud Computing v. SharePoint: The Cloud as a Disruptive Technology

Previously, I wrote a blog post disagreeing with the marketing premise of, which is that provides an alternative to SharePoint. At the time, I was thinking about enterprise customers, who value the rich features of SharePoint and are

Posted in Cloud Computing

The Top 50 Bloggers on Cloud Computing

Jeremy Geelan, President of Cloud Expo, just listed this blog in his list of The Top 50 Bloggers on Cloud Computing. Thanks to my readers for contributing to this achievement. Check out the list to find other interesting blogs.

Posted in Cloud Computing

Virtual Security

Kelly Robertson, CEO of 9Proof Americas, spoke on virtual security last night at VMware in Palo Alto during the monthly meeting of the SDForum Cloud Services SIG. He explained a few special security issues that should be considered when using

Posted in Cloud Computing, Security, SVForum, Uncategorized

Data Management in the Cloud

Daniel Graham of Teradata spoke Tuesday evening at the SDForum BI SIG on the topic “Data Management in the Cloud.” See my article summarizing his presentation. It’s interesting to compare his presentation with that of Donovan Schneider from, who

Posted in Analytics, Cloud Computing, SVForum

The Innovation that is Azure, the First Cloud OS

It’s funny that so much literature in IT trade magazines depicts Microsoft as the aging champion of on-premise software, struggling in vain to hold back the tide of younger, more nimble cloud players of the likes of Google and

Posted in Cloud Computing, Uncategorized