Tag Archives: cloud

Cloud without integration is a data brick wall

Is that surprising? To anyone who’s using Software as a Service (SaaS), data silos are just as much of a problem as they were for applications a decade ago. Ironic, isn’t it, that we’ve come so far and yet are recreating the data silos of the last generation? A survey published in Integration Developer News […]

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Integration is everything in a mobile, social, cloud and big data world

We live in a world where business is moving faster each and every day. The time frames of the pre-Internet age where phones and fax were the norm would seem impossibly slow today. Unfortunately, it’s worse than that. While the speed of business picks up, there are new challenges that make managing information and decisions […]

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Gartner tells us where Cloud integration is headed

Gartner’s Massimo Pezzini spoke this morning at the AADI Conference in London on the topic of why integration is even more critical in the ever-expanding world of cloud computing. Pezzini started out by commenting that application integration was a science that we were finally beginning to master just as the game changed with the arrival […]

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Cloudy with a chance of integration: The Great iPaaS Gold Rush is on

I was recently with a client who is looking for a new BPM solution and they have a very positive outlook towards Cloud. They love it, so much so that they weren’t interested in on-premise solutions. This represents a real shift in attitude, and the company is no slouch or tadpole in size either. And […]

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Cloud isn’t a Beverly Hills nose job at a Tijuana price

Too many business people see the Cloud as a way of outsourcing IT’s function to a cheaper, newer set of applications. That’s not surprising when you consider that Cloud vendors are going straight to business owners the world over and offering to give their technology tools a radical facelift at a steeply discounted price. No […]

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Risking your business on silos in the cloud?…let me know how that goes

There’s no doubt the world is enthralled by the promises of cloud computing and why not? Freeing up enormous capital expenditures in favor of subscription-based services for functionality someone else has to worry about? What’s not to like? Well, the fact that most SaaS applications are merely silos of their own, not significantly improved from […]

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The CIO is driving IT toward a cliff

There’s an increasing perception across the enterprise that the role of the CIO as we know it won’t survive the decade. This isn’t anecdotal evidence, either, as respected institutions like the Harvard Business Review, the Economist and others are publishing studies that show that the average CEO is unhappy with the status quo of their […]

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Get a jump on the next twenty years of technology

After so many years in technology, I find it hard to see the newest trends as completely new. I’ve become a cynic about hype. Things have cycled so many times in my career that every new fad reminds me of  highly touted ‘movements’ like CORBA and artificial intelligence, and once-hot platforms like MySpace and AOL. […]

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Dark clouds on the horizon of cloud computing?

Cloud is red hot. You can’t attend a conference or take two steps out of your house without hearing something about cloud computing. It isn’t a shocker, as the concepts behind Cloud form a compelling argument for the way business needs to be run. It lets anyone, regardless of upfront spend and infrastructure, be a […]

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Cloud makes anyone and everyone a robber baron

Larry Ellison declared famously in 2009 that, “All that cloud is is computers in a network.” He also used the words “fad”, “nonsense” and “gibberish” on the record when dismissing cloud. But times change and so has Larry’s opinion. Even cloud’s most vocal opponents are starting to realize that cloud computing offers something entirely new: […]

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API companies are hot properties

Just today CA Technologies announced that it acquired Layer 7, an API management company, making Layer 7 the second acquisition this week after Intel bought Mashery. For those not familiar, API stands for application programming interface and describes the interfaces used by software components to communicate with each other. For software companies, an API is […]

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Big data piles up so high it reaches the cloud

“Big data is any data that when you pile it up reaches into the Cloud.” This was the opening statement for Jack Norris, CMO of MapR at the Cloud Connect Conference in Santa Clara today. He was paraphrasing the analysts but it was the ideal frame up for the Big Data Track at a Cloud […]

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Cloud Connect 2013 takeaway: Integration is key to a maturing cloud

The following is a guest post by Frank Quinard. Spending time at Cloud Connect today in Santa Clara, the overwhelming impression I took away was how mature the cloud market has become over the past couple of years. Just recently, many cloud offerings consisted of one type of service that was typically based around an […]

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Cloud and drug analogies…anything’s possible at Cloud Connect

“Cloud projects are failing.” Ian Rae, CEO of CloudOps Research when talking about the hype and offering advice on how to execute cloud strategy. The Keynote Panel at Cloud Connect today seemed to be in universal agreement that moving to cloud isn’t the same as flipping a switch. It involves considering what’s best for the organization […]

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Google says ‘Welcome to Cloud City’

Google knows what it’s doing. The Chromebook Pixel represents a step towards a completely cloud-based future, so much so that I’m willing to bet that in the next 5 years it will usher in Cloud Cities; towns and communities where the entire population have fully embraced an always on, mobile and cloud based infrastructure. The […]

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How much infrastructure are you willing to throw away?

A torrent of conversations are taking place across every form of media about technology change rapidly taking place. You may think it’s always been that way, but there’s something much faster and more urgent happening right now. Some of those conversations come as discreet bits like this week’s rumor about the Apple ‘iWatch’ and others […]

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