Why Salesforce Is Making Its Biggest Bet on APIs and Data Integration
Salesforce.com’s definitive agreement to acquire MuleSoft for approximately $6.5 billion represents the company’s biggest acquisition yet and a calculated move to consolidate it’s position as the leading enterprise software company in the Cloud.
The move also illustrates that the real power in the market is quickly shifting to those vendors that can facilitate the most cost-effective flow of data across applications in an increasingly connected and complex world.
Click here to read THINKstrategies’ analysis in Datamation of the key market drivers that have led Salesforce to make this strategic move and what it means for the rest of the enterprise software industry.
How the Cloud is Complicating IT and Business – A Guest Commentary in Datamation
After a decade of debate regarding the viability of cloud services as a strategic alternative to traditional, on-premise legacy systems and software, the war of words is over. Now nearly every SMB and enterprise is looking at how to incorporate cloud alternatives into their business operations.
However, in many cases these organizations are also discovering that today’s cloud services are adding a new layer of complexity to their existing IT environment rather than simplifying their situations.
Click here to read our latest commentary in Datamation about the escalating challenges associated with migrating corporate workloads to today’s widening array of cloud service alternatives and moving to a multi-cloud sourcing model.
What’s Driving CFOs to the Cloud? A Guest Commentary in Datamation
Although a growing number of organizations have been adopting a ‘cloud first’ approach to their business application and computing needs for a while, it has taken a long time for CFOs to feel comfortable migrating their own financial management systems to the cloud. However, a confluence of forces is finally driving them to make the move that could create additional momentum for cloud adoption across their operations.
It isn’t surprising that CFOs have been slow to adopt cloud-based applications to support their own departments. They’re paid to be conservative and risk-adverse.
Click here to read THINKstrategies’ latest commentary in Datamation regarding the organizational and market forces that are convincing CFOs that it is time to put their concerns aside and move to the cloud.
The IoT Consumer to Commercial Crossover – A Guest Commentary in Datamation
On numerous occasions over the past 30 years, business end-users and executives have become aware of new technological innovations as a result of their personal experiences acquiring various consumer products and services. In each of these cases, their consumer experiences have led them to pursue similar technologies in their corporate environments. The same adoption pattern is about to repeat itself in the rapidly expanding world of the Internet of Things (IoT). Click here to read THINKstrategies’ perspective in Datamation about the business implications of this consumer to commercial crossover effect in the IoT marketplace.
Global Cloud Deployment Isn’t Easy – A Guest Commentary in Datamation
Although I’ve been a big advocate of the business benefits of moving corporate data centers, software development and enterprise applications to the Cloud, I’m also a realist about the significant challenges that this migration process entails. The many obstacles to adopting a Cloud-first strategy worldwide were brought home to me again by a good friend who happens to be a CIO of a multinational company.
My friend, “Joe,” called me unexpectedly the other day after we hadn’t talked for a few months. He’s a very successful CIO who has taken on numerous executive IT jobs in major corporations to help them achieve various milestones or recover from a significant setback. I hadn’t spoken to him since he had accepted a new position in a global company with numerous operations in emerging countries. When I saw his name on my cellphone I … Read More »
THINKstrategies' Perspectives on Internet Evolution
I’m pleased to now be blogging on TechWeb’s Internet Evolution macro-site focused on the future of the Internet.
In addition to my regular postings here, I’ll be providing more of THINKstrategies’ perspectives regarding key issues, opportunities and challenges surrounding the rapidly evolving cloud computing environment, including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions.
The Internet Evolution blog represents the latest media outlet partnering with THINKstrategies to distribute and promote our perspective on these increasingly important market trends. These media outlets include Datamation, E-Commerce Times and Seeking Alpha.
I hope you find our perspectives of value and welcome your feedback and additional suggestions regarding other media outlets which you think would benefit from our perspectives.
THINKstrategies-Datamation SaaS Survey Findings
Earlier this month, THINKstrategies and Datamation teamed up to conduct a quick survey to get a reality check regarding current Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) adoption, satisfaction and expectations.
The results are in. Click here to read about our findings.
As you’ll see, our quick survey has found that SaaS acceptance, deployment and utilization are rising. It also confirmed that most SaaS users are satisfied with the benefits of these solutions.
However, the handful who are not pleased with their SaaS experiences raise important issues which every IT and business decision-maker needs to keep in mind.
Fortunately, the overall SaaS industry is doing a good job satisfying the expectations and needs of customers. As a result, our survey suggests continued growth for the SaaS market, and broader cloud computing services industry.
THINKstrategies and Datamation Teaming to Conduct SaaS Survey
Everyone is talking about Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), but we want to know what you or your clients are really doing with SaaS…and why – and if people like the results.
So, Datamation and THINKstrategies are teaming up to conduct a quick SaaS survey to gauge the level of interest and use of these online, ‘on-demand’ services.
We’re conducting this survey because we’d like to learn what types of services are being used or considered, and why or why not organizations are using these services. And, we’d like to know how SaaS users feel about their experiences, and what SaaS providers must do to convince others to take advantage of these services.
The survey consists of eleven (11) quick questions…and a short set of optional demographic questions to help us understand your views based on your company size, location and industry. We are also looking … Read More »