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Peeling Back the Layers of the IoT Onion – A Guest Commentary in Sandhill.com

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24th May

Maybe the best indications that the Internet of Things (IoT) market is at the peak of Gartner’s hype cycle are the proliferation of industry conferences and vendor platforms.

And it is increasingly possible that the IoT industry could fall into the “trough of disillusionment” as many IoT solutions providers admit to me that finding buyers willing to make strategic investments in connected products and services is a real challenge.

The recent IoT World conference is the best illustration of the IoT’s split personality.

Click here to read THINKstrategies’ perspective in Sandhill.com regarding the forces which are obstructing demand for IoT platforms and slowing growth of the IoT marketplace.



The Emergence of Managed IoT Services – A Guest Commentary in E-Commerce Times

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13th May

With every market forecast predicting rapid growth of the overall Internet of Things (IoT), industry and investor focus shifts to specific market segments that will experience the quickest adoption. While most of the attention is on particular applications and technologies, I think managed IoT services will be one of the biggest market opportunities.

One of the greatest challenges standing in the way of widespread IoT adoption is the lack of skills and experience to evaluate, acquire and integrate all the piece parts necessary to assemble an IoT deployment. Click here to read THINKstrategies’ views in E-Commerce Times regarding how these forces will fuel the emergence of a new generation of IoT managed services.



The Challenges of Becoming a Software Company – A Guest Commentary In Sandhill.com

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2nd May

Since Jeff Immelt, the CEO of GE, first proclaimed that every industrial company will become a software company, a widening array of enterprises have begun to move down this path. However, becoming a software company takes a lot more work than just hiring a bunch of good software developers or hosting the software in the cloud. It requires a new way of thinking about what it takes to be a successful software company.

Major enterprises have been employing software developers to build internal custom applications for a long time. Many have been proud enough of their internal software development skills to share some of their results with the outside world. For instance, Capital One recently open sourced its internally developed Cloud Custodian AWS resource management tool.

In the old days, independent software vendors (ISVs) built their businesses during a period when the … Read More »



Are AWS’s Competitors Gaining Ground in Cloud Market?

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27th April

The rapid rise of Microsoft Azure, aggressive moves by Google and an assortment of other developments in the cloud marketplace have raised questions about whether Amazon Web Services (AWS) can maintain its dominant advantage over its competitors.

Some industry observers are suggesting that AWS’s slowing growth rates are an indication that its days of cloud market domination may be coming to an end. They point to the recent success of AWS competitors. Microsoft Azure and the company’s other cloud services, including Office 365, for instance now represent a third of Microsoft’s total revenue.

Click here to read THINKstrategies’ perspectives in SearchAWS.



Disrupting Software Development in an On-Demand World – A Guest Commentary in E-Commerce Times

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11th April

The idea that software is eating the world has become a generally accepted dictum since Marc Andreessen penned his milestone op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal in 2011.

Everywhere you look, industries and institutions are being disrupted by the unprecedented power of software. Now, the world is demanding a new way to develop software to keep pace with the pace of disruption.

Click here to read THINKstrategies’ views in E-Commerce Times about why a new approach to software development is critical to satisfy escalating customer expectations and respond to greater competitive challenges.



Redis Labs Wins THINKstrategies’ Cloud Computing Business Value Award

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23rd March

THINKstrategies, Inc. announced today that Redis Labs has been named winner of the Cloud Computing Business Value (CCBV) Award. This program promotes the measurable business benefits delivered by today’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions.

The CCBV Awards is an ongoing program administered by THINKstrategies’ Cloud Computing Showplace to recognize Cloud companies that are delivering measurable business benefits to specific user organizations. These benefits can include increased sales, lower costs, higher customer satisfaction, faster operations and greater profitability.

Redis Labs is the open source home and commercial provider of Redis, a database benchmarked as the world’s fastest. Redis Labs’ software and service solutions power cutting edge applications with blazing fast enterprise-class Redis and are trusted by thousands of customers for high performance, seamless scalability, true high availability and best-in-class expertise. These solutions enhance popular Redis use cases such as real-time analytics, fast … Read More »



What Oracle and Google Don’t Understand About the Cloud – A Guest Commentary in Sandhill.com

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21st March

As the tectonic shift to the cloud accelerates, the competitive landscape is also intensifying. Although the value of cloud services is generally recognized, the basic principles of delivering quality cloud services are still misunderstood by many players, including a number of major companies.

This reality became clear recently with the latest news from Oracle and Google regarding their escalating cloud efforts.

Click here to read THINKstrategies’ views in Sandhill.com about the fundamental issues both companies face as they attempt to establish themselves as cloud market leaders.



How Mainstream Industries Form IoT Vanguard

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9th March

Although the consumer implications of the Internet of Things (IoT) have generated plenty of public attention, the real growth in the embryonic IoT market is coming from less visible industrial environments and business applications.

The early IoT advancements may come as a surprise to some, but in these industries, organizations moving quickly to deploy more connected products and services makes sense for a number of reasons.

Click here to read THINKstrategies’ perspectives regarding Gartner’s latest survey findings about the early adopters of IoT in E-Commerce Times.



Resolving the SysOps versus DevOps Dispute in the Cloud – A Guest Commentary on the Cloudnexa Blog

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8th March

As ‘software eats everything’, the pressure to build more agile and robust platforms to support the software development process is becoming increasingly intense. Yet, a debate continues to rage over who should be responsible for building and administering the software development systems.

THINKstrategies believes the cloud is providing a new path to circumvent this conflict so organizations can concentrate on generating leading edge software on a continuous basis. Click here to read our perspectives on the Cloudnexa blog.



Chief Digital Officer or Chief IoT Officer? A Guest Commentary in Datamation

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19th February

Everyone is talking about going ‘digital’ and capitalizing on the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT). But most organizations have a hard time responding to both these trends because they lack an executive-level champion to guide their digital transformation process and determine how they take advantage of IoT opportunities.

Because becoming a ‘digital’ company entails a different approach to engaging with customers, partners and other stakeholders, it also requires a different set of skills, systems and applications to perform this function. This has raised the question – do we need a new Chief Digital Officer (CDO) to lead this effort?

Yet, even as many organizations grapple with the idea of creating a CDO position to address their changing customer engagement requirements, a new set of challenges are emerging as a result of the rapidly evolving world of IoT. Does this mean they need a … Read More »






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