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Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

The Cloud Goes Postal

The functionality of the US Post Office is now available on a Cloud-based delivery model, courtesy of NetSuite. Check out the story by Maureen O'Gara at sys-con. The USPS services seem to be deployed as a SaaS model, accessed through a browser. As yet there do not seem to be managed PaaS APIs available (or are there?) which can be pulled into other applications, for example iPhone apps. Of course, right now it's easy to co-opt the Web interface to USPS.com in order to programmatically query Post Office shipping times over HTTP. Although, I can just imagine REST zealots arguing that it should really be termed the "GET Office" in that case [really lame joke, I know :-) ]. ... (more)

Boomi AtomSphere to Power Integration Services for OpSource Cloud

Boomi, the market and technology leader for on-demand integration, and OpSource, the leader in Cloud operations, today announced that they have expanded their OEM partnership to include integration services for the recently launched OpSource Cloud(TM), the first Cloud to bring together the availability, flexibility and community of the public Cloud with the security, performance and control the enterprise requires. Boomi AtomSphere will power back office integration for OpSource Cloud, including finance, billing and Salesforce CRM, enhancing OpSource's relationship with their customers by providing the agility needed to quickly follow-up and support customer requests. The agreement also positions OpSource to offer integration services for hundreds of SaaS and on-premises applications to its Cloud customer base at a future date. "Integration is becoming an increasi... (more)

Les grands acteurs de l’informatique disent ... oui au Cloud Computing : quelques exemples concrets, en France.

2010 - 2020 : la décennie Cloud Computing s’ouvre en fanfare ! Il n’y a plus un seul grand fournisseur qui ne proclame pas que le Cloud Computing est un élément clef de sa stratégie ; ce n’est pas moi qui vais m’en plaindre ! J’avais été sévère, il y a quelques semaines, avec les annonces Cloud de Microsoft et SAP. Ce sont les deux fournisseurs mondiaux qui ont le plus à perdre si les entreprises migrent massivement vers des solutions Cloud Computing ... ce qui va se produire dans la décennie qui démarre. Je vous propose de passer en revue quelques entreprises clefs du secteur informatique avec qui je collabore. Toutes ces entreprises vont, sérieusement, stratégiquement et rapidement vers des solutions Cloud Computing et SaaS. Ce sont tous des entreprises «historiques», nées bien avant le Cloud, oui, mais elles sont en train de prendre les «bonnes» décisions qui leur p... (more)

NetSuite Cloud Powers Today's Hottest IPOs

NetSuite, a vendor of cloud computing business software suites, announced that three of the four most recent tech Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) were by companies that chose NetSuite to run key business processes: OpenTable, Inc. (Nasdaq: OPEN), SolarWinds, Inc. (NYSE: SWI), and LogMeIn, Inc. (Nasdaq: LOGM). For more information about NetSuite and its customers, visit www.netsuite.com. "These three IPOs are just another example of how some of today's best run and fastest growing companies use NetSuite's cloud computing business software suites," said Zach Nelson, CEO of NetSuite. "Their selection of NetSuite is also another nail in the coffin of on-premise software companies that believe the complex ERP and CRM operations of large companies cannot be trusted to the Cloud." Over a six-week period, some of the hottest new companies in online business and consumer s... (more)

Xignite Financial Web Services To Help Wolfram|Alpha Engine

Cloud services provider Xignite announced it is working with Wolfram|Alpha, the world’s first computational knowledge engine. Under the agreement, Wolfram|Alpha has integrated Xignite Web services to provide powerful on-demand financial market data calculations for its users. Xignite Web services enabled Wolfram|Alpha to meet a tight development schedule and minimize infrastructure costs prior to its May 2009 launch. Wolfram|Alpha generates powerful systematic results through real-time computations on its ever-growing internal knowledge base. Wolfram|Alpha's knowledge base and capabilities already span many domains and its underlying framework has the power and flexibility to support any domain that is based on systematic knowledge. The information Xignite delivers in response to the search is aggregated and analyzed by Wolfram|Alpha before it is returned to the us... (more)

Which Cloud Services Providers Are Gaining Mind Share?

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share?  Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements.  So many that I've been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this segment. There are several lists that are excellent points of reference - The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing, 85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud, and The VAR Guy's SaaS 20 Index. Large technology companies like AT&T, EMC / VMware, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Unisys, and others that come to mind have not been included below in the top 20... (more)

Edward J. Zander Joins Awarepoint Board of Directors

Awarepoint Corporation, a provider of ZigBee-based real-time location system (RTLS) solutions to the healthcare market, today announced that Edward J. Zander has joined the company's board of directors. Zander has spent more than 35 years in the technology sector. He has played a key role in shaping some of the major paradigm shifts in technology that impact the world today. These include the move from mainframes to minicomputers; minicomputers to workstations; PCs to networking and to the Internet; hardware to software; and the revolution in wireless devices and mobility. Zander was most recently chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Motorola. During his tenure, he sharpened Motorola's edge in technology innovation; delivered on 12 consecutive quarters of revenue growth; streamlined the business to increase operating efficiencies worldwide; signific... (more)

Microsoft Offers NetSuite Customers Incentive to Switch to Dynamics ERP

REDMOND, Wash., March 11 — Microsoft Corp. is offering midsize businesses looking to benefit from advanced functionality, easy interoperability with other line-of-business applications, and strong business intelligence reporting options a new incentive to switch from NetSuite to Microsoft Dynamics ERP. Companies in the U.S. can receive a credit of up to $850 for every NetSuite user that switches to either Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV or Microsoft Dynamics SL. The new promotion is available until June 25, 2010. Businesses interested in learning more about the benefits and capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions can attend a free educational Web seminar on March 30 by registering at https://www.eventbuilder.com/event_desc.asp?z=g9q82p&p_event=2d5b0f03. They can also visit http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/rightstep. Companies Making the Move... (more)

Choosing a Cloud Strategy? Here's What You Need to Know

Opening Keynote at Cloud Expo So you have been hearing a lot about Cloud Computing - and you have moved a few applications out to Google Apps or even migrated all your sales management to SalesForce.com. In so doing, you have adopted a software deployment model (SaaS) first introduced in the early part of this decade... Granted, the model has only recently become popular because of big players getting into the fray, but SaaS (while a big chunk of the Cloud model) is still just scratching the surface. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! With hyper-fast Internet access becoming cheaper and the Web becoming more ubiquitous than ever, there is a whole new realization in the industry that everything that was traditionally managed in-house can in fact, be moved out to being a shared resource as long as there is data security, validation and... (more)

Operating Profitable 3G and 4G Networks

I sat on a panel at the RCR Local Boston event earlier this month. I thought the panel and audience interaction were quite stimulating and informative. The informal networking was also fruitful. I recommend attending an RCR Local event in your area, if you have the opportunity. Wanting to sound somewhat intelligible, I had prepared in advance some answers to our panel’s seed questions, some of which I’m converting into a blog entry here for comment and feedback. Here are the operator business model transformation set of questions. I’ll post a 2nd blog with the network transformation oriented questions What are some of the biggest challenges facing carriers today as they look to deploy 3G and 4G networks? Operator Profitability – as achieved through the duality of Optimization and Monetization, those complementary forces at play in Mobile broadband networks. A part... (more)