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A while ago, I made a few observations about how end-to-end service offerings (i.e. the "ecosystem strategy") by companies like Apple and Amazon have helped them capture the consumer market. In just a short span of 9 years, this convergence strategy has created significant disruptions in traditional business models such as the mobile handset and smart-phone, music, publishing. Companies that were heavily invested in these narrow, vertically integrated business segments have either closed shop - or have had to significantly re-think their investments and strategies. Similar disruptive trends in the Enterprise solutions arena will ensure major changes in solution offerings, competitive landscape and therefore, how Enteprise IT is managed. Here's why: Emerging Cloud computing environment: Today's typical IT department manages a lot of software and hardware assets to ke... (more)

Choosing a Cloud Strategy? Here's What You Need to Know About IaaS

IaaS Session at Cloud Expo Intel's co-founder, Gordon Moore, famously predicted [PDF file link] way back in 1965 that transistors on a chip will double every 2 years. And so they have ever since (therefore, Moore's Law). With increased processing power, computers are increasingly able to process more data in less time - helping users be more productive. So the cycle has been that every few years, hardware in data centers gets obsolete (even though they are in perfectly good working condition), requiring IT departments to spend capital to refresh their data centers to keep produ... (more)

Argument for SOA in Cloud Computing Environment

Cloud Expo 2010 East in New York Someone recently asked me whether Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) adoption will slow down now that companies are seriously looking at Cloud computing alternatives to their internal architectures. After all, SOA was a big buzzword in the past several years because of its ability to reduce speed of deployment and complexity, and therefore, total cost of ownership. With more applications and infrastructure elements moving to the Cloud, the argument goes, the need to implement SOA within the enterprise could be diminished. I have seen some article... (more)

Choosing a Cloud Strategy? Here's What You Need to Know

Opening Keynote at Cloud Expo So you have been hearing a lot about Cloud Computing - and you have moved a few applications out to Google Apps or even migrated all your sales management to In so doing, you have adopted a software deployment model (SaaS) first introduced in the early part of this decade... Granted, the model has only recently become popular because of big players getting into the fray, but SaaS (while a big chunk of the Cloud model) is still just scratching the surface. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! With hyper... (more)

Understanding Amazon's Kindle Strategy

When Jeff Bezos introduced the Kindle Fire on Sept-28 2011, he mentioned that he's not introducing just another tablet, but adding to an ever increasing number of ways you can consume your Amazon content. Kindles are (as Bezos put it) an "end-to-end service" - not just a stand-alone product. So when someone compares it with other "tablet devices" out there, I believe they miss the point. Because, unlike say, the Samsung Galaxy Tab or the Motorola Xoom, all Kindles have one distinguishing characteristic: they are connected to Amazon's dynamic content delivery engine (i.e. their we... (more)