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Achieving the Promise of the Analytics Cloud – A Guest Commentary in Datamation

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28th October

We’re all painfully aware of the overwhelming growth of Big Data. Yet, only 13 percent of organizations surveyed by Gartner have deployed solutions to overcome their Big Data challenges, despite 73 percent of respondents reporting they have invested or plan to invest in Big Data in the next 24 months, up from 64 percent in 2013. Salesforce.com recently announced its remedy for the Big Data challenge – the Analytics Cloud. The much anticipated offering was revealed at Dreamforce 2014, after it had been leaked by the company’s co-founder and CEO, Marc Benioff in a promotional tweet. Click here to read our views in Datamation about the important value propositions that underlie Salesforce.com’s Analytics Cloud offering.



More Industry Leaders Speaking at Cloud Channel Summit in San Diego on December 3

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27th October

Key executives from 6fusion, Cloud Technology Partners, Ingram Micro, Pertino and Pivotal are among the most recent speakers added to the agenda for fourth annual Cloud Channel Summit hosted by THINKstrategies and the Cloud Computing Showplace on Wednesday, December 3 in San Diego.

Register now to reserve you seat at the executive forum and save $100 off the current fees.

The Summit will provide an intimate environment for industry executives to share their perspectives and best practices for building profitable partnerships in the Cloud marketplace. The Summit is being sponsored by Salesforce.com, Oracle, AppDirect, Avnet Technology Solutions, Corent Technology and INetU.

The Summit speakers include:

Ron Huddleston, Senior Vice President of ISVs and Channels, Salesforce.com
Daniel Saks, President & Co-CEO, AppDirect
Tim FitzGerald, VP, Cloud Solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas
Feyzi Fatehi, CEO, Corent Technology
David Fowler, VP Marketing, INetU
Kevin O’Brien, Senior Director, ISV/OEM Business Development, Oracle
John Cowan, Co-Founder and CEO, 6fusion
Patrick Kerpan, CEO & Co-Founder, CohesiveFT
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AppDirect and INetU Latest Sponsors of the Cloud Channel Summit, December 3 in San Diego

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21st October

AppDirect is returning to sponsor and speak at the fourth annual Cloud Channel Summit hosted by THINKstrategies and the Cloud Computing Showplace on Wednesday, December 3 in San Diego. INetU is also sponsoring and speaking at the Summit, and the Channel Company’s NexGen Cloud Conference and Expo for the first time.

Register now to save $100 of the current admission fees.

AppDirect offers a cloud service marketplace and management platform that enables companies to distribute web-based services, including ADP, Samsung, Deutsche Telekom and Red Hat’s OpenShift Marketplace. Daniel Saks, the company’s Co-Founder and President, will also return to the Summit to provide his perspectives regarding best practices for partnering in the Cloud.

INetU is a customer-centric cloud company that combines state of the art managed cloud and hosting solutions with premier service and support. The company’s global data centers, award winning hosting, technical expertise and unique approach to managed services and … Read More »



Leading Industry Associations, Publications and Other Organizations Supporting the Cloud Channel Summit, December 3 in San Diego

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18th October

A growing number of industry associations, publications, professional services firms and other organizations are supporting the fourth annual Cloud Channel Summit , hosted by THINKstrategies and the Cloud Computing Showplace on Wednesday, December 3 in San Diego. Register now to save $100.

The Summit is being hosted in conjunction with the Channel Company’s NexGen Cloud Conference & Expo December 4-5. The Summit Partners also include SIIA, Spiceworks, Customer Success Association, Chief Digital Officer, Cirrostratus Group, East Coast Catalyst, APMdigest, CRN, Data & Storage Management Report, E-Commerce Times, Sandhill.com, VentureBeat and famaPR.

The Summit is also being supported by Salesforce.com, Oracle, Avnet Technology Solutions, INetU and Corent Technology. Corporate executives from these companies have agreed to speak at the Summit, along with key executives from IBM, 6fusion, Pivotal, Spanning, Cloud Technology Partners, CohesiveFT and SingleHop. Click here to see the current list of industry executives speaking at the Summit. Click here if you’d like to submit a proposal for the limited … Read More »



Dreamforce 2014: Celebrating the Power of Cloud Partnerships – A Guest Commentary in Sandhill.com

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18th October

This year’s Dreamforce conference was bigger than ever as Salesforce.com painted an even broader vision of a connected world enabled by cloud-based platforms and powerful analytics-driven solutions. The company also took the time to showcase how its rapidly growing ecosystem of third-party relationships is helping to accelerate the migration to cloud alternatives. Click here to read THINKstrategies’ views about the industry implications of Salesforce.com’s partner ecosystem in Sandhill.com.



Salesforce.com Unleashes Cloud Analytics Tidal Wave – Guest Commentary in E-Commerce T

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14th October

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff last month tweeted about the tentative agenda for this week’s Dreamforce and caused a tizzy by revealing a keynote session entitled “Analytics Cloud.” Although the company immediately denied that it was planning to unveil such a thing or that Benioff intentionally spilled the beans about the new offering, Salesforce.com did indeed launch its analytics cloud, called “Wave,” when Dreamforce kicked off on Monday. This launch represents a milestone moment for the cloud marketplace. Click here to read THINKstrategies’ perspective on Salesforce.com’s latest move in E-Commerce Times.



Connected Cloud Summit Highlights, Speaker Interviews and Session Videos About the Internet of Things Now Available Online

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6th October

THINKstrategies’ Connected Cloud Summit focused on the rapidly evolving ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) marketplace on September 18 in Boston was a tremendous success!

The peer-to-peer, executive networking event brought together over 200 registered attendees, 36 expert speakers, 21 industry partners and 15 corporate sponsors to share perspectives regarding the exciting new business opportunities created by the IoT phenomenon and key issues that must still be overcome to capitalize on these opportunities in eleven keynote and panel sessions.

Click here to view the Summit highlight reel to give you a quick glimpse of the key takeaways from the event. You can also view all the session recordings and one-on-one speaker interviews, and download the keynote presentations on the Summit website at http://cloudsummits.com/event/connected-cloud/.

You can also click here to read my perspectives regarding the industry implications of the Summit sessions and presentations in Sandhill.com. You can also find the … Read More »



Salesforce.com, Oracle, Avnet and Corent Technology to Sponsor, Speak at Fourth Annual Cloud Channel Summit

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22nd September

Salesforce.com, Oracle, Avnet Technology and Corent Technology have agreed to return to the fourth annual Cloud Channel Summit as sponsors and speakers at the executive forum focused on building successful partnerships in the Cloud.

This year’s Summit will be hosted by THINKstrategies and the Cloud Computing Showplace on Wednesday, December 3 in San Diego, in conjunction with the Channel Company’s NexGen Cloud Conference & Expo on December 4-5.

The Cloud Channel Summit is a peer-to-peer, executive networking forum focused entirely on helping attendees build successful partnerships in the Cloud. The Summit has been the ‘go to’ event for key executives from leading Cloud vendors and their channel partners to share ideas and showcase success stories since 2011. Click here to see highlights from last year’s Summit, as well as the speakers, sponsors and partners who participated in last year’s executive forum.

By combining forces with the Channel Company, the publisher of Computer Reseller News … Read More »



Making the Internet of Things Real in the Cloud – A Guest Commentary in Sandhill.com

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22nd September

Although the true meaning of the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to provoke plenty of debate, there is no question the cloud is helping organizations across nearly every industry capitalize on an increasingly connected world. The business implications of this brave, new world of the IoT was the theme of last week’s Connected Cloud Summit in Boston. Click here to read about the major takeaways from the executive forum in Sandhill.com.



Monetizing the IoT From A to Z – A Guest Commentary in E-Commerce Times

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10th September

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly, but most companies are still struggling to determine how to make money in this new marketplace. IoT monetization management solutions not only measure the activity associated with the connected things being monitored, but also collect valuable information. The data analytics engine underlying the monetization solutions can help decision makers figure out how to properly package, price and even position their IoT deployments to generate new revenue and uncover greater profits. Click here to read our views in E-Commerce Times.






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