Five Reasons Why Cloud Transformation is Hard

Transformation is not a new concept, and has been around a long time before cloud and big data.  It has always been a pretty nebulous term, but generally has referred to the fundamental reinvention or redesign of a business or function.  From an enterprise-wide perspective this typically has meant redefining everything from target markets, products and […]

The Top Three Practical Use Cases for Cloud Brokerage

In the last several months, interest in the concept of cloud brokerage has been growing and was recently punctuated by Accenture’s announced intention  to be the IT industry “cloud broker” as part of a larger $400 million cloud R&D investment.  While the concept of a cloud brokerage has been around awhile, enterprise adoption is finally catching […]

Why Did GE Invest $100 Million in a PaaS Company?

The announcement last week that GE (yes that GE) made a $105 million investment in the Pivotal Initiative caught many by surprise.  Not only was it strange to see GE make a large direct investment in a technology vendor, it was also odd to see it in a relatively immature market like PaaS.  So the […]

Why Some CIOs Actively Promote Shadow IT

The conventional thinking about business-led adoption of cloud services in the enterprise goes something like this: Frustrated by a non-responsive IT organization, business users become attracted to the innovation, speed, and  flexibility offered by cloud vendors and solutions Fearing loss of control, corporate IT puts the brakes on deployments and projects of which they become […]

What is a Private Cloud? — A Tutorial

Many enterprises are starting their cloud computing journey with a private cloud. But what is a private cloud? Are they real or just “IT as we always knew it” ?

Do Enterprises Need an Agile Approach to Cloud Strategy?

Now that corporate IT is finally taking cloud seriously, we’re starting to see development of more explicit enterprise-wide “cloud strategies”.   Whether driven internally or with the help of external consultants, many of these take familiar IT strategy development processes and direct them at cloud.  Here are some common pitfalls we’re seeing with many of these […]

Seven Things We Learned at Cloud Connect

It was an interesting week last week at Cloud Connect Silicon Valley. In addition to the keynotes and track sessions, we also saw the release of the summary results of the latest joint Cloud Connect / Everest Group survey on enterprise cloud adoption.  Here are the seven things we took away from the conference, the […]

How Cloud is Transforming the Enterprise Call Center

One of the more interesting corners of the enterprise market where cloud is starting to drive real disruption and transformation is in the call center. Call center environments are comprised of a variety of systems including interactive voice response (IVRs), automatic call distributors (ACDs), outbound dialers and other components that have traditionally been provided by […]

Learn How Enterprises Are Embracing Cloud Disruption

Saving money is nothing compared to beating your competitors to market with a better product. This is the revelation that’s rapidly taking hold in the enterprise CIO’s office. Until very recently, most enterprise IT leaders would tell you that their primary goal in moving to cloud computing was related to cost reduction, primarily through server […]

Rackspace Earnings – Did the Market Overreact?

Rackspace took quite a beating last week after announcing on Tuesday that cloud revenue growth appears to be decelerating.  The stock ended up down nearly 20%, reflecting the fact that Wall Street expectations for growth were high.  Rackspace is actually one of the few vendors that makes cloud services growth numbers public, making them subject […]

Standardization and Simplification – The Keys to Unlocking Cloud Value

When it comes to enterprise cloud and sources of business value, the discussion typically focuses on business agility, flexibility and cost efficiency.   One of the most powerful, yet unsung ways that cloud is actually driving enterprise-class business value in practice is through standardization and simplification.  In fact some of the most compelling business cases seen […]

Five Mistakes that Enterprise Cloud Service Providers are Making

A wide array of players is aggressively attacking the enterprise cloud infrastructure services market. The competitive landscape includes providers from a variety of backgrounds, including hosting companies such as Rackspace, GoGrid, and Tier3; telcos such as AT&T, Verizon, Telstra, and BT; and legacy enterprise IT service providers such as IBM, HP, CSC, and Dell. They’re […]

Amazon’s AWS Enterprise Strategy is Actually Pretty Simple

“Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” Many assume that because Amazon AWS isn’t aggressively building large-scale direct sales, solutioning and support capabilities like IBM and HP that it has no enterprise strategy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Amazon has had an intentional, purposeful strategy for the enterprise market for years.  But […]