Posts Tagged 'cloud services'

Still Stuggling with SaaS Silos?

Got SaaS? Salesforce? ServiceNow? Workday? Zuora? Amazon Redshift?

What about on-premises apps? SAP? Oracle? Microsoft Dynamics?

Don’t forget social media, big data, identity management, online storage and cloud analytics solutions…

I summarized 5 signs you need to re-think your cloud integration strategy on the SnapLogic blog today. Here’s an overview:

SaaS Videos from a Couple of #Cloud Gurus

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.

Good stuff guys!

Video: Unlock your SAP Back Office with Force.com

This Salesforce.com demonstration  is a great example of the power of cloud integration.

 

Best of Both Worlds: Integrating Salesforce CRM and Oracle ERP #oow11

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.

#SIIA Interview from Dreamforce: Cloud Integration in the Spotlight

Here’s an interview from #df11 focused on cloud integration as well as industry trends.

Sandhill.com Interview: Talking Big Data and Cloud Computing

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…

Here’s what Dave has to say about cloud integration:

“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.”

Be sure to check out the entire interview here.

Cloud Architect Anyone?

I thought this was interesting – why you need a cloud architect“It’s orchestral.”  Go Arthur!

I then took a look at Indeed.com’s trending of cloud architect vs. cloud integration. Looks like cloud integration is in even higher demand…

Speaking of cloud integration jobs, did I mention I’m hiring?

Cloud in Action Interview: From Cloud Skeptical to Cloud First

I posted an interview yesterday on the Sandhill.com blog with an IT thought leader in the financial services industry: From Cloud Skeptical to Cloud Curious to Cloud First. A few highlights:

“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:

  • Cost
  • Connectivity Speed
  • Lack of familiarity on behalf of in-house IT teams”

You can read the entire interview here.

Video: Ron Papas Accepts Informatica Cloud CODiE Award

Here’s a short video of Ron Papas, GM of Informatica Cloud, accepting the 2011 CODiE Award for “Best Cloud Management Solution.”

Informatica Cloud Wins CODiE for Best Cloud Management Solution! from DreamSimplicity on Vimeo.

TDWI Q&A: Data Integration and Cloud Computing

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I participated in a Q&A session with TDWI recently and provide my thoughts on the following questions:

  • What impact is cloud computing having on traditional IT roles and responsibilities?
  • What are some of the barriers to adoption of cloud-based applications and platforms?
  • What is the role of data integration as it relates to cloud computing?
  • Can companies move incrementally to the cloud without making a full-on commitment?
  • What about service-level agreements? How should they be enforced with cloud vendors?
  • What sort of architecture should companies look for, especially for BI and data warehousing applications?
  • What about performance concerns, especially with large data sets?
  • How is Informatica addressing the cloud computing opportunity and challenge?

As there doesn’t appear to be a comment section on the site, I’d appreciate any feedback or comments you might have on the discussion.


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