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Deconstructing the Software Business – Guest Commentary in E-Commerce Times

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12th September

The disruption of the IT and software industry by the rapid rise of cloud and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) continues to take a toll on the biggest players in the business. In their latest round of desperate moves to reposition themselves in the radically changing marketplace, the major companies of the past have been willing to relinquish many of their software assets to refocus their efforts on new market opportunities.

Unfortunately, the divestiture of these software businesses may be a classic, shortsighted “throwing the baby out with the bathwater” tactic that could have a detrimental long-term impact on their competitive position as strategic sources in the enterprise market.

Click here to read THINKstrategies’ views in E-Commerce Times re: the market implications of these trends.



Latest Executives Added to Agenda at Connected Cloud Summit, September 18 in Boston

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9th June

Vikram Koka, VP of Internet of Things (IoT) at Flexera Software and Bobby Patrick, Chief of Cloud Marketing at Hewlett Packard are among the latest executives who have agreed to speak at the Connected Cloud Summit, hosted by THINKstrategies and the Cloud Computing Showplace on Thursday, September 18 in Boston.

The Summit will examine how the Cloud is enabling enterprises to pursue new business opportunities and overcome significant technology challenges. The executive forum will also showcase new solutions and ideas being generated by leading IoT providers, start-ups and innovative enterprises.

Vikram Koka and Bobby Patrick are joining executives from Aria Systems, Axeda, Birst, Cognizant, CorSource Technology Group, Dyn, Oracle, SafeNet, ServiceSource, Xively and Zuora, along with CXOs from GE, Google, Salesforce.com, SmartThings, InfoBright, Prelert, InfoBionic, Code On Technologies and other important players in the IoT marketplace at the Summit on September 18.

Click here to see the current list of IoT executives speaking at the Connected Cloud Summit. Click here if you’d like … Read More »



HP to Sponsor and Speak About Internet of Things at Connected Cloud Summit

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5th May

HP has agreed to be a Title sponsor and keynote speaker at the Connected Cloud Summit, hosted by THINKstrategies and Cloud Computing Showplace, Thursday, September 18 in Boston, MA.

The Connected Cloud Summit will examine how the Cloud is enabling enterprises to capitalize on today’s rapidly evolving Internet of Things (IoT) opportunities across nearly every industry. The Summit will provide an intimate, executive forum that will showcase the latest innovations and industry best practices being generated by the leading Cloud solution providers and enterprises in the vanguard of the IoT revolution.

HP provides a broad portfolio of technology products and services extending from printing, personal systems and software to Cloud IT infrastructure services that enable consumers, corporations, non-profit institutions and government agencies to meet their most complex business challenges and achieve their corporate objectives worldwide.

HP joins Aria Systems, Axeda, Cognizant, CorSource Technology Group, Dyn, Flexera … Read More »



HP to Sponsor and Speak at Third Annual Cloud Channel Summit on November 4

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17th October

Sanjay Sharma, Director of Business Development for HP Cloud has agreed to participate in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Industry Roundtable at the third annual Cloud Channel Summit on Monday, November 4, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.

HP Cloud is also the latest sponsor to support the Summit which provides a peer-to-peer, networking forum for executives focused on building successful partnerships in the Cloud.

The IaaS Industry Roundtable will discuss – Creating New Customer Opportunities via Cloud Partnerships, and be moderated by Andy Schroepfer, Founder & CEO, Big Cloud Sales. The following industry executives are also participating in the Roundtable session:

Tom Halle, Sr. Director, Global Alliances, Savvis/CenturyLink
Nikesh Kalra, Global Cloud Services, Equinix
Brian Matsubara, Head of Global Technology Alliances, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Sean McCaffery, Vice President of Channel Sales and Operations, ViaWest

Click here to save $150 off current pre-conference registration rates!

The IaaS Industry Roundtable is one of a series of highly interactive panel sessions during the Cloud Channel Summit which will give participants a unique opportunity to … Read More »



Perspectives on Google's Acquisition of Motorola, and HP's Divestiture of Its PC Business

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22nd August

I’ve had the privilege of publishing my point of view on Sandhill.com regarding two of the blockbuster announcements over the past week,

Will Google’s Purchase of Motorola Be a Path to Greater Android Success or Pandora’s Box?
HP’s Software Transformation Cloudy without Consumer Channel to Market

Yesterday’s NY Times included a good article discussing the new challenges facing Google as it enters the smartphone business, echoing my concerns with this terrific quote,

“When Google decides to evict a small Web publisher from its ad service, it sends a computer-generated form letter with the bad news. It says the Web site “poses a risk of generating invalid activity.” Why, the publisher might ask? You will never find out from Google. The only appeal is to fill out a Web form. Good luck. You can’t talk to an algorithm.”

There was also a seminal commentary by Marc … Read More »


Cisco's Flip Cam Failure and the Consumerization of IT

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17th April

Cisco Systems’ decision this past week to shut down its Flip video camera business generated plenty of attention because of its implications on multiple levels for the networking company and the IT industry. Here are a few of my perspectives on the meaning of this event and the lessons to be learned.

Cisco deserves credit for the boldness of its acquisition of Pure Digital, the maker of the Flip camera, in 2009 and its equally brave decision to walk away from the over $590 million investment (acquisition, development and marketing costs) in a two year span. It had hoped to use the Flip camera and other home entertainment products as catalysts for additional consumer demand for its network connectivity capabilities and its service providers’ transmission services. Although Cisco didn’t sell as many Flip cameras as it hoped, it certainly can be credited to contributing the rise in video transmission … Read More »


Dancing in the Clouds With the Elephants

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7th April

The recent flurry of major vendor announcements regarding their new Cloud Computing initiatives, latest acquisitions and offerings clearly shows that the “Cloud Rush” is in high gear.

Here’s a quick list of the announcements which have caught my attention over the past few weeks in chronological order since HP unveiled its Cloud ‘vision’ last month, and my views regarding their significance,

Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire newScale, 03/29/11  – Cisco Systems has been pushing into the ‘new data center’ environment for a while with its Unified Computing solutions. It acquired newScale to improve its provisioning capabilities to make it a more viable Cloud vendor for enterprise customers and service provider partners.
Salesforce.com to Acquire Radian6, 03/30/11  – Now that Salesforce.com has succeeded in popularizing its Chatter social networking capabilities, it wants to give its customers the necessary tools to monitor, manage and measure the effectiveness of these … Read More »


HP Shoots for the Clouds

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15th March

HP’s new CEO, Leo Apotheker unveiled the company’s latest corporate strategy yesterday with plenty of fanfare, but little flourish.

The theme of his talk and HP’s new mantra is providing “connectivity” to the Cloud to move “Everyone On”.

While the picture he painted of this new world order and HP’s strategic response covered all the bases, there are still plenty of pieces which must come together in order to make it a reality.

Apotheker’s ‘vision’ was certainly well-conceived and his presentation was well-scripted. No one can argue with his view that,

“We see clearly a world in which the impact of cloud and connectivity is changing not only the user experience, but how individuals, small businesses and enterprises will consume, deploy and leverage information technology.”

I would also agree that “HP is well positioned to be the trusted leader in addressing this opportunity.”  But, it faces plenty of problems capitalizing on this opportunity.

Apotheker’s … Read More »


Dell Delves Into Data Integration Market With Boomi Acquisition

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2nd November

Dell’s acquisition of Boomi today is the latest example of the tech industry’s herd mentality.

In the same way that Dell followed HP’s example when it purchased Perot Systems after HP acquired EDS, Dell is now copying IBM’s acquisition of Cast Iron Systems with its own move into the integration business.

Besides trying to keep up with other ‘systems’ vendors, Dell is also attempting to fortify its Cloud Computing capabilities which hinge on helping potential customers cost-effectively migrate and integrate data from various legacy applications and databases into a new set of cloud services.

Dell indicated at an analyst briefing in Boston last week that it wants to ‘move up the stack’ and build a platform which can help enterprises and independent software vendors (ISVs) develop and deliver applications. Dell can’t compete with the other major Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) vendors — including Salesforce.com, Google and Microsoft … Read More »


HP Attacks Oracle's New World Order With Apotheker Appointment

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1st October

When Oracle announced its intention to acquire Sun Microsystems in April 2009, CEO Larry Ellison proclaimed the acquisition, “transforms the IT industry, combining best-in-class enterprise software and mission-critical computing systems.”

Although he was not ready to use the term at the time, it didn’t take long for Oracle to refer to its combined capabilities as a Cloud Computing solution set, which it recently put on full display at its annual OpenWorld conference.

The event was also a coming out party for its new President, Mark Hurd, the high flying former HP CEO who departed in disgrace only a month earlier. Hurd’s appointment wasn’t hard to understand given his hardware experience at HP and NCR, and now gives Oracle’s move into the system business even more significance.

HP has retaliated by announcing the appointment of Leo Apotheker as its new CEO, along with Ray Lane as its non-executive chairman of the board. Apotheker comes to HP … Read More »





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