Tag: SIIA


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 »



SIIA All About the Cloud Videos Capture THINKstrategies’ Perspectives Regarding Latest Cloud & Big Data Trends

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10th June

Last month, I had the privilege of moderating a panel that discussed how Data is taking over the business world and participated in an Analysts Roundup regarding the Cloud opportunities and challenges ahead. You can check out these video recordings of these sessions below.

Data: Taking Over the Business World

Analysts Roundup – Your Opportunities Ahead



The Changing Role of Professional Services in an On-Demand World

14th January

I had the privilege of moderating a fascinating panel session at the SIIA On-Demand Conference this past November entitled, “Systems Integrators: A Firsthand, Face-to-Face View on the State of SaaS”.

The panel consisted of three experienced professionals in the systems integration (SI) business,

Chris Barbin, CEO, Appirio
Cary Fulbright, President, North America Operations, Saaspoint
Lonnie Wills, Senior Vice President, CIO Practice, Bluewolf

The SIIA recently posted a video of this session on their site. Click here to watch the discussion.


What SAP's CEO Needs To Know About SaaS

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10th January

In an InformationWeek interview on Tuesday, SAP’s CEO and president of global field operations, Bill McDermott, downplayed the platform capabilities and enterprise-readiness of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and cloud computing.

Although Salesforce.com’s outage this week gave McDermott’s comments some immediate validation, they were still reminiscent of the views of a previous generation of tech industry executives who discounted the value of PCs in the corporate world. As a result of the myopic ideas of those former tech titans, companies like Digital Equipment Corporation and Wang Computers no longer exist.

Denial didn’t work out well for them and it won’t work for SAP either.

Executives at SAP aren’t alone in their efforts to downplay SaaS. The CEO of Lawson Software made even more atrocious comments a few months ago, as did Oracle’s CRM head at November’s SIIA On-Demand conference.

Of course, much of their ridicule is aimed at fending off the competitive threat which the SaaS/cloud … Read More »





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