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I wrote a summary of my 2012 cloud integration predictions on the Informatica Perspectives blog, but haven’t yet posted 2013 predictions. Today Mary Meeker’s slides are making their way through corporate boardrooms at most, if not all, technology companies, not to mention getting some great coverage across the web. Here’s the presentation. I really like the “re-imagine” section. There’s no doubt that cloud computing and software as a service (Saas) have forced a great deal of re-imagination in the traditional application, platform, middleware and infrastructure markets. Marc Andreessen believes that 2012 Will Be Remembered As The Year Of SaaS. Some have said that “Cloud and Data are the New Black” (although black clouds are generally not a good thing, right?).
One thing is for sure, whether it’s social, mobile, cloud, analytics, Big Data or [insert secular megatrend here], two words we’re going to hear a lot of in 2013 are: ”re-imagine” and “disruption.”
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Tags: Business-to-Business, cloud computing, Cloud integration, DreamSimplicity, Informatica Cloud, SaaS
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Have you joined DreamSimplicity yet? According to the web site, “it’s where the cool kits hang out.” Here’s a summary:
“Web-based technology marketers and industry experts join DreamSimplicity to effectively reach targeted viewers across the social web. Target our audience of over 40,000 SaaS and Cloud experts by posting content like video, news, events, jobs and more. Or, simply browse over 23,000 news articles, videos, and white papers.”
Last week at the All About the Cloud Conference in San Francisco, I sat down with them to discuss the growing importance of integration to cloud computing (and specifically SaaS application and platform) success.
All About the Cloud ’11 – Darren Cunningham “Hybrid IT – Integrating SaaS and Legacy Systems” from DreamSimplicity on Vimeo.
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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.
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I participated in a webinar today with Zuora, a SaaS subscription billing platform that is embedded into Informatica Cloud Express. Here is the presentation:
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Fairly low key video from my friends @ Salesforce.com. I like that it’s less about selling the model (who still needs to be sold?) and more about what the cloud now makes possible.
“As Cloud Computing continues to grow, so does the realm of what’s possible.”
Has cloud marketing turned the corner from all hype to a more mainstream reality? Is the cloud becoming a little more, er,…grounded? We’ll see.
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My friends at Zuora put out a press release today focused on Informatica’s use of their subscription billing platform within the new edition of the company’s cloud data integration service: Informatica Cloud Express. According to Ron Papas, GM for Informatica Cloud:
“Salesforce.com gave us the platform and ecosystem to build our SaaS business around. Now with Zuora, we have the right commerce tools to instrument our business for growth and provide our customers with the self-service capabilities to buy only the cloud data integration services they need when they need them.”
Jeff Yoshimura, VP of Marketing at Zuora wrote a good review of the announcement based on his experiences as a former Salesforce employee managing the Informatica partnership (Full disclosure: we worked on the same team): Informatica Revolutionizes the Data Integration Space with Cloud Computing. The company also posted a customer video, featuring yours truly. Enjoy!
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Tags: business intelligence, Cloud integration, cloud middleware, cloud services, Customer relationship management, ERP, HR, Information technology management, SaaS, SaaS Integration, software as a service, Supply chain management
CIO.com recently featured a summary of Forrester Research analyst Liz Herbert: How SaaS Will Impact 6 Key Software Categories. They are:
- IT Management Applications
- CRM Software and productivity applications
- ERP and Supply Chain Software
- Business Intelligence
- HR Software
- Platform and Middleware Solutions
No big surprises here, but the article also provides some solid recommendations for source executives, “in light of increased SaaS adoption.”
“Sourcing executives must prepare for a hybrid landscape where SaaS co-exists with on-premise and hosted solutions, with many new vendors in the overall software portfolio. To navigate this complex environment, sourcing professionals should consider weighing the valuable aspects of SaaS — such as functionality, community, and accessibility — with risk elements — like vendor viability, vendor lock-in, and security.”
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Tags: cloud computing, Cloud integration, Database.com, IaaS, Informatica, integration as a service, Master Data Management, MDM, PaaS, predictions, SaaS, SaaS Integration, Salesforce.com, software as a service, two tier cloud
I posted my 2011 cloud integration predictions on the Informatica Perspectives blog today. They are:
- Cloud Adoption Drives Two-Tier Cloud Integration Strategies
- LOB-Driven Cloud Integration Projects Lead to Strategic Master Data Management (MDM) Initiatives
- The Rise of the Cloud Integration Platform
- Enterprise Database.com Adoption
- Private Cloud Confusion Continues
Full post: 2011 Cloud Integration Predictions: Hybrid Platform Adoption, Private Cloud Confusion
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Tags: 2011 predictions, cloud computing, Cloud integration, Dreamforce, Jeff Kaplan, PaaS, predictions, SaaS, Salesforce.com, THINKstrategies
’tis the season, so I thought I’d highlight a great set of predictions from Jeff Kaplan, from THINKstrategies: Look for New Shapes in the Clouds in 2011.
When it comes to cloud integration, he has this to say:
“Vendors that provide cloud integration tools and professional services, in particular, will be key acquisition targets because they represent a critical component in pulling the various cloud piece-parts together.”
Be sure to read Jeff’s full set of predictions (as well as cloud computing opportunities and challenges) here. He also published a good review of Dreamforce 2010 last week and had this to say about the industry at the conference:
Dreamforce 2010: Jeff Kaplan – The Evolution of Dreamforce, THINKStrategies, SaaS Showplace and The Best of SaaS Awards from DreamSimplicity on Vimeo.
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Just as many retailers have already rolled out the Christmas cheer, it seems that industry prediction season has started early this year. Check out this summary of Forrester’s 15 Technologies to Watch Out For. According to the report:
“Cloud and SaaS will also have the greatest impact on IT as executives determine where to invest resources, adopt new application support practices for SaaS, and re-evaluate capacity issues and architecture standards.”
And according to Forrester analyst Gene Leganza, enterprises should “think outside the box, and enable employees to do so, by evaluating the key technology trends driving empowered technologies”. He went on to share more details of the report on his blog. Here’s an interesting table summarizing his research:
I predict we have not seen the last of Cloud/SaaS-centric predictions…and I tend to agree!