Check out two great new videos posted by my friends at Host Analytics.
1) Dave Kellogg, who is now an Enterprise Irregular, talks about the SaaS model and why vendors are so focused on customer success. (And no, it’s not just that they’re nice people.)
2) Jeff Kaplan, who runs THINKstrategies and can usually be found speaking at a cloud conference or at an airport, talks about how the SaaS model has enabled IT organizations to play the strategic role they were meant to play in the enterprise. He also makes a stinging point about on-premises vendors hosting crappy apps vs. investing in real, multitenant cloud services.
This week I participated in an Informatica Cloud webinar focused on a real-world customer example and demonstration of rapid cloud-based data integration between Salesforce CRM and Oracle E-Business Suite. Here is the presentation. You can also watch the entire webinar on YouTube.
My interview with Dave Kellogg (aka Kellblog) was published today over on Sandhill.com: Big Data, Cloud Computing and Industry Perspectives with Dave Kellogg. I always enjoy catching up with Dave (especially if there’s a beer or two involved). In this interview he weighs in on Big Data and why it’s getting so much attention, the intersection between Big Data and Cloud Computing, and he even throws in some career advice – and it’s good news for any budding “data scientists“ out there…
“IT used to buy and run computers. Then they used to build and run applications. Then they focused on weaving together packaged applications. Going forward, they will focus on tightly integrating cloud-based services. They will also continue to focus on company-proprietary analytics used to gain competitive advantage.”
“In the past I wasn’t building and managing infrastructure in the cloud, but rather using applications to perform end-user tasks. With the evolution of solutions like Amazon Web Services (AWS), salesforce.com and Informatica Cloud, my thinking has evolved to the point where I believe corporations can build out their entire application infrastructure in the Public Cloud. “
“….the only obstacles to businesses moving applications to the cloud right now are:
Lack of familiarity on behalf of in-house IT teams”
Here are the categories for the 12th annual Informatica innovation awards – the judges will select winners in Business and Technical Enablement categories, as well as the Overall Award: A Strategic Approach to Data Integration:
Deliver Analytical Insight
Increase Business Agility
Improve Business Processes
Delivering trusted information to drive data governance,compliance and reduce risk
Accelerating shareholder value in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
Improve efficiency and reduce costs
Attract & retain customers
Increase partner network efficiency
Fortifying overall operations with data quality
Outsource non-core functions
Enhancing the Marketplace
While I’m not sure why #10 isn’t simply called Cloud Computing or Cloud Data Integration, but the description is clear:
“Outsource non-core functions recognizes projects that utilize Informatica’s cloud-based data integration and data quality services to maximize the ROI on their cloud application investments. By integrating data from the cloud with existing enterprise data sources, nominated companies ensure that they have control of all of their data, regardless of where it resides.”