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THINKstrategies’ Cloud Computing Showplace now has over 2500 company listings divided into over 90 market segments in today’s rapidly evolving marketplace.
Since we launched our original Showplace sites in 2007, THINKstrategies has been committed to providing valuable information and insight for:
IT/business decision-makers seeking to adopt today’s latest in ‘on-demand’ Cloud solutions;
Cloud providers seeking to promote their latest offerings;
Technology investors seeking to find the Cloud companies with the greatest market potential.
The Showplace now includes over 2500 Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platforms-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) companies divided into over 90 application, industry, technology and service categories.
The Cloud Showplace online directory and best practices resource center provides a wide array of primers, whitepapers, webinars, podcasts, commentaries and industry events.
Add your company information – If you’re a Cloud solution provider and aren’t already listed on the Showplace, click here to add your company to our online directory. You can also post your customer success … Read More »
How Arrow Electronics Is Channeling IoT, Big Data and Cloud Opportunities – A Guest Commentary in Sandhill.com
Despite past predictions of the “disintermediation” of the channel due to the advent of the cloud, the opportunity to unlock big data and capitalize on the Internet of Things (IoT) via the cloud is actually creating plenty of new business possibilities for value-added resellers (VARs), systems integrators (SIs) and other channel companies.
However, as in other segments of the IT industry, the biggest channel players face the toughest challenges responding to the rapidly changing cloud marketplace.
One major channel company that embraces the brave, new world of the IoT is Arrow Electronics. I recently attended the company’s IoT Immersions conference in Boston and was impressed with the format of the event, size of the turnout and vision of the company.
Read THINKstrategies’ perspectives regarding the market implications of Arrow Electronics’ IoT strategies and solutions in Sandhill.com at http://sandhill.com/article/how-arrow-electronics-is-channeling-iot-big-data-and-cloud-opportunities/.
The idea of the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) has gained a lot of attention over the past year, but it’s impact on the IT function has not been fully recognized. Although every technology shift of the past has reshaped the IT function, none has fundamentally redefined the role of IT like the IoT will do over the coming years.
What sets IoT apart from the IT function of the past is that hardware and software is now being embedded into a company’s products and services to give the lines of business (LoBs) unprecedented insight into how their products and services are being used by customers so they can better serve current customers and develop new products/services to win new customers.
Click here to read THINKstrategies’ perspectives regarding the IT implications of this phenomenon in Datamation.
In my previous commentary in Sandhill.com, I identified four levels of value that can be derived from the rapidly evolving Internet of Things (IoT). In THINKstrategies’ latest post in Sandhill.com, I provide a real-world example of how traditional product companies can redefine their business by capitalizing on the data produced by their products via the cloud.
en-Gauge Inc. is a family-owned business based in Rockland, Mass., which manufactures pressure gauges for safety devices such as fire extinguishers and defibrillators. Over the past 40 years since its founding, en-Gauge’s products evolved from mechanical gauges to digital gauges. The company recently introduced a new generation of sensor-based, cloud-connected gauges that will significantly change the nature of the company’s business.
Click here to read how en-Gauge’s move to the IoT via the Cloud is fundamentally changing the nature of the company’s business and exponentially expanding its addressable … Read More »
Capitalizing on the Cloud to Transform Your Business via the Internet of Things – A Guest Commentary in E-Commerce Times
Only a small number of forward-thinking business executives see the opportunities created by the cloud in today’s Internet of Things (IoT) marketplace. However, in the not too distant future, delivering information services powered by connected products and enabled by the cloud will become a necessity to survive in nearly every industry, as customer demands for data-driven insights escalate.
Click here to read THINKstrategies’ views in E-Commerce Times about how enlightened companies can transform their businesses by capitalizing on the Cloud to leverage Big Data in an increasingly connected world.
Few technology trends have captured the imagination of the consumer and corporate sectors to the same extent as the Internet of Things (IoT). The possibilities created by a universe of connected products and services seem infinite, but categorizing the potential benefits for businesses and other institutions will generally fall into four important areas.
Click here to read THINKstrategies’ latest guest commentary in Sandhill.com regarding the four primary business benefits that can be derived from IoT deployments.
You can also click here to find video recordings of the keynote presentations and panel discussions regarding IoT at THINKstrategies’ Connected Cloud Summit last September 18 in Boston.
Cloud-based alternatives to traditional hardware and software systems and enterprise applications are experiencing a new level of CxO acceptance. Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) are the latest members of the C-level suite to embrace SaaS, PaaS and IaaS solutions to not only reduce operating costs, but also improve their operating effectiveness so they can better achieve their corporate objectives.
Indications of the growing CFO acceptance of cloud alternatives can be found in a variety of places. Click here to read THINKstrategies’ perspectives about this market trend in E-Commerce Times.
As the volume and variety of data continues to escalate, the promise of a powerful new generation of data analytics tools converting this data into valuable information and insight continues to be just as elusive.
In particular, there is a growing debate regarding the potential of Hadoop to serve as a key component in corporate initiatives to unlock the value of Big Data due to the limited success of the first round of real-world deployments over the past year.
A December 16, 2014 Wall Street Journal article entitled, “The Joys and Hype of Software Called Hadoop: Big Data Is Hot in Silicon Valley, and Hadoop Underpins Craze,” described the dichotomy between the grandiose expectations among industry analysts and the investment community compared with the bitter realities of CIOs and other technology practitioners struggling to put Hadoop to work.
THINKstrategies believes there are some … Read More »
THINKstrategies is accepting nominations for its ongoing awards programs aimed at recognizing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Internet of Things (IoT) solution providers that are delivering measurable business benefits to their customers.
More than 100 SaaS companies have won Best of SaaS Showplace (BoSS) Awards since the program was initiated in 2009. Click here to read a summary report about the wide array of SaaS companies that have been recognized for delivering quantifiable business benefits to their customers, ranging from lower operating costs and reduced response times to increased sales and higher customer satisfaction
The success of the BoSS Awards encouraged us to launch a second award program in 2010 to recognize IaaS and PaaS companies delivering similar business benefits to their customers via the Cloud, called the Cloud Computing Business Value (CCBV) Awards.
In December, THINKstrategies unveiled a new Connected Cloud Internet of Things (CCIoT) Award program that will showcase … Read More »
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We work with our clients to formulate or fine-tune their market messages, properly target their marketing efforts, create meaningful print and interactive content, and distribute that content to the right audience to produce successful lead generation programs focused on Cloud Computing, Big Data, Managed Services, the Internet of Things (IoT) and related topics.
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