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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Overview

Posted on Tuesday, Jul 27th 2010

Over the past few weeks, I have been speaking with a series of thought leaders in cloud computing. We will soon be publishing these in-depth interviews. Let me share a few thoughts with you based on what I have heard thus far across various conversations.

First and foremost, there seems to be a real interest in adopting cloud computing based on legitimate business value, not hype. IT executives are looking at real cost savings in important functions and are putting a variety of different workloads on the cloud.

Security remains a concern, but I am absolutely sure that over this decade, the concern will be addressed, with vendors providing strong security to meet customers’ needs. This, however, is not yet the case, and as such, security remains one of the primary barriers to adoption, as well as an interesting area for entrepreneurship.

In very large enterprises, some of the security issues are being addressed with a private cloud strategy. You will read more about it in my conversations with Pat Toole, CIO of IBM, as well as Ric Telford, vice president of Cloud Services, also at IBM.

Also, in general, my impression is that large enterprise customers are not in a hurry to adopt cloud-based ERP or CRM solutions. Too much integration investment has already gone into these legacy applications, and at present, there is no justification to move to the cloud. The adoption is happening more with non mission-critical, tier-2 and tier-3 applications.

As you read these interviews, it will become obvious that we’re dealing with an immature industry with lots of holes. Some of these holes are small and niche. Others could be larger. But whatever the sizes of these holes, they clearly represent incredibly interesting opportunities for entrepreneurship. In our interview with Michael Aginsky, chief technology officer, Gibbons P.C., we learn about some very specific entrepreneurship opportunities for the legal industry. Niche, yes. But a really cool opportunity for an enterprising entrepreneur.

Over the next three weeks, we will publish the first set of these interviews. Entrepreneurs – take a look and let us know if this is useful research for you. If it is, we will work on bringing you more.

This segment is a part in the series : Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing


. Introduction
. Overview
. Pat Toole, CIO Of IBM (Part 1)
. Pat Toole, CIO Of IBM (Part 2)
. Pat Toole, CIO Of IBM (Part 3)
. Pat Toole, CIO Of IBM (Part 4)
. Pat Toole, CIO Of IBM (Part 5)
. Mark Settle, CIO Of BMC (Part 1)
. Mark Settle, CIO Of BMC (Part 2)
. Fred van den Bosch, CEO Of Librato (Part 1)
. Mark Settle, CIO Of BMC (Part 3)
. Fred van den Bosch, CEO Of Librato (Part 2)
. Mark Settle, CIO Of BMC (Part 4)
. Fred van den Bosch, CEO Of Librato (Part 3)
. Fred van den Bosch, CEO Of Librato (Part 4)
. Mark Settle, CIO Of BMC (Part 5)
. Mark Settle, CIO Of BMC (Part 6)
. Fred van den Bosch, CEO Of Librato (Part 5)
. Fred van den Bosch, CEO Of Librato (Part 6)
. Mark Settle, CIO Of BMC (Part 7)
. Fred van den Bosch, CEO Of Librato (Part 7)
. Nati Shalom, CTO Of GigaSpaces (Part 1)
. Nati Shalom, CTO Of GigaSpaces (Part 2)
. Nati Shalom, CTO Of GigaSpaces (Part 3)
. Nati Shalom, CTO Of GigaSpaces (Part 4)
. Nati Shalom, CTO Of GigaSpaces (Part 5)
. José Almandoz, CIO Of Novell (Part 1)
. Nati Shalom, CTO Of GigaSpaces (Part 6)
. José Almandoz, CIO Of Novell (Part 2)
. Nati Shalom, CTO Of GigaSpaces (Part 7)
. Ric Telford, Vice President Of Cloud Services, IBM (Part 1)
. José Almandoz, CIO Of Novell (Part 3)
. José Almandoz, CIO Of Novell (Part 4)
. Ric Telford, Vice President Of Cloud Services, IBM (Part 2)
. José Almandoz, CIO Of Novell (Part 5)
. Ric Telford, Vice President Of Cloud Services, IBM (Part 3)
. Ric Telford, Vice President Of Cloud Services, IBM (Part 4)
. José Almandoz, CIO Of Novell (Part 6)
. Ric Telford, Vice President Of Cloud Services, IBM (Part 5)
. José Almandoz, CIO Of Novell (Part 7)
. Ric Telford, Vice President Of Cloud Services, IBM (Part 6)
. Michael Aginsky, CTO Of Gibbons P.C. (Part 1)
. Michael Aginsky, CTO Of Gibbons P.C. (Part 2)
. Ric Telford, Vice President Of Cloud Services, IBM (Part 7)
. Ric Telford, Vice President Of Cloud Services, IBM (Part 8)
. Michael Aginsky, CTO Of Gibbons P.C. (Part 3)
. Michael Aginsky, CTO Of Gibbons P.C. (Part 4)
. Mark White, CTO Of Deloitte (Part 1)
. Michael Aginsky, CTO Of Gibbons P.C. (Part 5)
. Mark White, CTO Of Deloitte (Part 2)
. Michael Aginsky, CTO Of Gibbons P.C. (Part 6)
. Mark White, CTO Of Deloitte (Part 3)
. Michael Aginsky, CTO Of Gibbons P.C. (Part 7)
. Mark White, CTO Of Deloitte (Part 4)
. Mark White, CTO Of Deloitte (Part 5)
. Dennis Hodges, CIO Of Inteva (Part 1)
. Mark White, CTO Of Deloitte (Part 6)
. Dennis Hodges, CIO Of Inteva (Part 2)
. Mark White, CTO Of Deloitte (Part 7)
. Dennis Hodges, CIO Of Inteva (Part 3)
. Mark White, CTO Of Deloitte (Part 8)
. Dennis Hodges, CIO Of Inteva (Part 4)
. Dennis Hodges, CIO Of Inteva (Part 5)
. Mark White, CTO Of Deloitte (Part 9)
. Dr. Marcos Athanasoulis, Harvard Medical School (Part 1)
. Dennis Hodges, CIO Of Inteva (Part 6)
. Dennis Hodges, CIO Of Inteva (Part 7)
. Dr. Marcos Athanasoulis, Harvard Medical School (Part 2)
. Dr. Marcos Athanasoulis, Harvard Medical School (Part 3)
. Dr. Marcos Athanasoulis, Harvard Medical School (Part 4)
. Dr. Marcos Athanasoulis, Harvard Medical School (Part 5)
. Donald Ferguson, CTO of CA Technologies (Part 1)
. Dr. Marcos Athanasoulis, Harvard Medical School (Part 6)
. Donald Ferguson, CTO of CA Technologies (Part 2)
. Dr. Marcos Athanasoulis, Harvard Medical School (Part 7)
. Donald Ferguson, CTO of CA Technologies (Part 3)
. Donald Ferguson, CTO of CA Technologies (Part 4)
. Donald Ferguson, CTO of CA Technologies (Part 5)
. Donald Ferguson, CTO of CA Technologies (Part 6)
. Donald Ferguson, CTO of CA Technologies (Part 7)
. Donald Ferguson, CTO of CA Technologies (Part 8)
. Donald Ferguson, CTO of CA Technologies (Part 9)
. James Dunlap, President Of Cycle30 (Part 1)
. James Dunlap, President of Cycle30 (Part 2)
. James Dunlap, President of Cycle30 (Part 3)
. James Dunlap, President of Cycle30 (Part 4)
. James Dunlap, President of Cycle30 (Part 5)
. James Dunlap, President of Cycle30 (Part 6)
. James Dunlap, President of Cycle30 (Part 7)
. Steven Smith, President And CEO, Gcommerce Inc. (Part 1)
. Steven Smith, President And CEO, Gcommerce Inc. (Part 2)
. Steven Smith, President And CEO, Gcommerce Inc. (Part 3)
. Steven Smith, President And CEO, Gcommerce Inc. (Part 4)
. Steven Smith, President And CEO, Gcommerce Inc. (Part 5)
. Steven Smith, President And CEO, Gcommerce Inc. (Part 6)
. Steven Smith, President And CEO, Gcommerce Inc. (Part 7)
. Rajan Nagarajan, CIO, Mahindra Satyam (Part 1)
. Rajan Nagarajan, CIO, Mahindra Satyam (Part 2)
. Rajan Nagarajan, CIO, Mahindra Satyam (Part 3)
. Rajan Nagarajan, CIO, Mahindra Satyam (Part 4)
. Rajan Nagarajan, CIO, Mahindra Satyam (Part 5)
. Rajan Nagarajan, CIO, Mahindra Satyam (Part 6)
. Paul Stamas, VP of IT, Mohawk Fine Papers (Part 1)
. Rajan Nagarajan, CIO, Mahindra Satyam (Part 7)
. Paul Stamas, VP of IT, Mohawk Fine Papers (Part 2)
. Paul Stamas, VP of IT, Mohawk Fine Papers (Part 3)
. Paul Stamas, VP of IT, Mohawk Fine Papers (Part 4)
. Paul Stamas, VP of IT, Mohawk Fine Papers (Part 5)
. Paul Stamas, VP of IT, Mohawk Fine Papers (Part 6)
. Paul Stamas, VP of IT, Mohawk Fine Papers (Part 7)
. Paul Stamas, VP of IT, Mohawk Fine Papers (Part 8)
. Paul Stamas, VP of IT, Mohawk Fine Papers (Part 9)
. Scott Martin, CIO Of Nonni’s Food Company (Part 1)
. Scott Martin, CIO Of Nonni’s Food Company (Part 2)
. Scott Martin, CIO Of Nonni’s Food Company (Part 3)
. Scott Martin, CIO Of Nonni’s Food Company (Part 4)
. Scott Martin, CIO Of Nonni’s Food Company (Part 5)
. Scott Martin, CIO Of Nonni’s Food Company (Part 6)
. Scott Martin, CIO Of Nonni’s Food Company (Part 7)
. Dr. Reed Sheard, CIO Of Westmont College (Part 1)
. Dr. Reed Sheard, CIO Of Westmont College (Part 2)
. Dr. Reed Sheard, CIO Of Westmont College (Part 3)
. Dr. Reed Sheard, CIO Of Westmont College (Part 4)
. Dr. Reed Sheard, CIO Of Westmont College (Part 5)
. Dr. Reed Sheard, CIO Of Westmont College (Part 6)
. Dr. Reed Sheard, CIO Of Westmont College (Part 7)
. Sanjay Mirchandani, CIO of EMC (Part 1)
. Sanjay Mirchandani, CIO of EMC (Part 2)
. Sanjay Mirchandani, CIO of EMC (Part 3)
. Sanjay Mirchandani, CIO of EMC (Part 4)
. Sanjay Mirchandani, CIO of EMC (Part 5)
. Sanjay Mirchandani, CIO of EMC (Part 6)
. Sanjay Mirchandani, CIO of EMC (Part 7)
. Dave Hart, CTO and EVP, Presidio (Part 1)
. Dave Hart, CTO and EVP, Presidio (Part 2)
. Dave Hart, CTO and EVP, Presidio (Part 3)
. Dave Hart, CTO and EVP, Presidio (Part 4)
. Dave Hart, CTO and EVP, Presidio (Part 5)
. Dave Hart, CTO and EVP, Presidio (Part 6)
. Dave Hart, CTO and EVP, Presidio (Part 7)
. Martin Silverman, Director IT at EvensonBest (Part 1)
. Martin Silverman, Director IT at EvensonBest (Part 2)
. Alan Perkins, CIO of Altium (Part 1)
. Martin Silverman, Director IT at EvensonBest (Part 3)
. Alan Perkins, CIO of Altium (Part 2)
. Martin Silverman, Director IT at EvensonBest (Part 4)
. Alan Perkins, CIO of Altium (Part 3)
. Alan Perkins, CIO of Altium (Part 4)
. Martin Silverman, Director IT at EvensonBest (Part 5)
. Martin Silverman, Director IT at EvensonBest (Part 6)
. Alan Perkins, CIO of Altium (Part 5)
. Martin Silverman, Director IT at EvensonBest (Part 7)
. Alan Perkins, CIO of Altium (Part 6)
. Alan Perkins, CIO of Altium (Part 7)
. Carol Kline, CIO Of TeleTech (Part 1)
. Carol Kline, CIO Of TeleTech (Part 2)
. Carol Kline, CIO Of TeleTech (Part 3)
. Carol Kline, CIO Of TeleTech (Part 4)
. Carol Kline, CIO Of TeleTech (Part 5)
. Carol Kline, CIO Of TeleTech (Part 6)
. Carol Kline, CIO Of TeleTech (Part 7)
. Doug Menefee, CIO of Schumacher Group (Part 1)
. Doug Menefee, CIO of Schumacher Group (Part 2)
. Doug Menefee, CIO of Schumacher Group (Part 3)
. Doug Menefee, CIO of Schumacher Group (Part 4)
. Doug Menefee, CIO of Schumacher Group (Part 5)
. Doug Menefee, CIO of Schumacher Group (Part 6)
. Doug Menefee, CIO of Schumacher Group (Part 7)
. Doug Menefee, CIO of Schumacher Group (Part 8)
. Doug Menefee, CIO of Schumacher Group (Part 9)
. Rick Blaisdell, CTO Of ConnectEDU (Part 1)
. Rick Blaisdell, CTO Of ConnectEDU (Part 2)
. Rick Blaisdell, CTO Of ConnectEDU (Part 3)
. Rick Blaisdell, CTO Of ConnectEDU (Part 4)
. Rick Blaisdell, CTO Of ConnectEDU (Part 5)
. Rick Blaisdell, CTO Of ConnectEDU (Part 6)
. Rick Blaisdell, CTO Of ConnectEDU (Part 7)
. Rick Blaisdell, CTO Of ConnectEDU (Part 8)
. Paul Wilcox, CIO of HMH Publishing (Part 1)
. Paul Wilcox, CIO of HMH Publishing (Part 2)
. Paul Wilcox, CIO of HMH Publishing (Part 3)
. Laef Olson, CIO Of RightNow (Part 1)
. Paul Wilcox, CIO of HMH Publishing (Part 4)
. Laef Olson, CIO of RightNow (Part 2)
. Paul Wilcox, CIO of HMH Publishing (Part 5)
. Paul Wilcox, CIO of HMH Publishing (Part 6)
. Laef Olson, CIO of RightNow (Part 3)
. Paul Wilcox, CIO of HMH Publishing (Part 7)
. Laef Olson, CIO of RightNow (Part 4)
. Laef Olson, CIO Of RightNow (Part 5)
. Laef Olson, CIO of RightNow (Part 6)
. Laef Olson, CIO of RightNow (Part 7)
. Sankarson Banerjee, CIO Of IndiaInfoline (Part 1)
. Sankarson Banerjee, CIO Of IndiaInfoline (Part 2)
. Sankarson Banerjee, CIO Of IndiaInfoline (Part 3)
. Sankarson Banerjee, CIO Of IndiaInfoline (Part 4)
. Sankarson Banerjee, CIO Of IndiaInfoline (Part 5)
. Sankarson Banerjee, CIO Of IndiaInfoline (Part 6)
. Sankarson Banerjee, CIO Of IndiaInfoline (Part 7)
. Sankarson Banerjee, CIO Of IndiaInfoline (Part 8)
. Sankarson Banerjee, CIO Of IndiaInfoline (Part 9)
. Sankarson Banerjee, CIO of IndiaInfoline (Part 10)
. Sankarson Banerjee, CIO of IndiaInfoline (Part 11)
. Judy Spitz, CIO Of Verizon (Part 1)
. Judy Spitz, CIO Of Verizon (Part 2)
. Judy Spitz, CIO Of Verizon (Part 3)
. Judy Spitz, CIO of Verizon (Part 4)
. Judy Spitz, CIO of Verizon (Part 5)
. Judy Spitz, CIO of Verizon (Part 6)
. Judy Spitz, CIO of Verizon (Part 7)
. Judy Spitz, CIO of Verizon (Part 8)
. Klaus-Michael Vogelberg, CTO Of Sage Group Plc, Newcastle (Part 1)
. Klaus-Michael Vogelberg, CTO Of Sage Group Plc, Newcastle (Part 2)
. Klaus-Michael Vogelberg, CTO Of Sage Group Plc, Newcastle (Part 3)
. Klaus-Michael Vogelberg, CTO Of Sage Group Plc, Newcastle (Part 4)
. Klaus-Michael Vogelberg, CTO Of Sage Group Plc, Newcastle (Part 5)
. Klaus-Michael Vogelberg, CTO Of Sage Group Plc, Newcastle (Part 6)
. Klaus-Michael Vogelberg, CTO Of Sage Group Plc, Newcastle (Part 6)
. Mark Egan, CIO Of VMware (Part 1)
. Mark Egan, CIO Of VMware (Part 2)
. Mark Egan, CIO Of VMware (Part 3)
. Mark Egan, CIO Of VMware (Part 4)
. Mark Egan, CIO Of VMware (Part 5)
. Mark Egan, CIO Of VMware (Part 6)
. Mark Egan, CIO Of VMware (Part 7)
. Chris Burchett, CIO Of Credant Technologies (Part 1)
. Chris Burchett, CIO Of Credant Technologies (Part 2)
. Chris Burchett, CIO Of Credant Technologies (Part 3)
. Chris Burchett, CIO Of Credant Technologies (Part 4)
. Chris Burchett, CIO Of Credant Technologies (Part 5)
. Chris Burchett, CIO Of Credant Technologies (Part 6)
. Chris Burchett, CIO Of Credant Technologies (Part 7)
. Mandy Edwards, CIO Of Sitel (Part 1)
. Mandy Edwards, CIO Of Sitel (Part 2)
. Mandy Edwards, CIO Of Sitel (Part 3)
. Mandy Edwards, CIO Of Sitel (Part 4)
. Mandy Edwards, CIO Of Sitel (Part 5)
. Mandy Edwards, CIO Of Sitel (Part 6)
. Mandy Edwards, CIO Of Sitel (Part 7)
. Diane Bryant, CIO Of Intel (Part 1)
. Diane Bryant, CIO Of Intel (Part 2)
. Diane Bryant, CIO Of Intel (Part 3)
. Diane Bryant, CIO Of Intel (Part 4)
. Diane Bryant, CIO Of Intel (Part 5)
. Diane Bryant, CIO Of Intel (Part 6)
. Diane Bryant, CIO Of Intel (Part 7)
. Frank Modruson, CIO of Accenture (Part 1)
. Frank Modruson, CIO of Accenture (Part 2)
. Frank Modruson, CIO of Accenture (Part 3)
. Frank Modruson, CIO of Accenture (Part 4)
. Frank Modruson, CIO of Accenture (Part 5)
. Frank Modruson, CIO of Accenture (Part 6)
. Frank Modruson, CIO of Accenture (Part 7)
. Frank Modruson, CIO of Accenture (Part 8)
. Frank Modruson, CIO of Accenture (Part 9)
. Jay Leader CIO, Of iRobot (Part 1)
. Jay Leader CIO, Of iRobot (Part 2)
. Jay Leader CIO, Of iRobot (Part 3)
. Jay Leader CIO, Of iRobot (Part 4)
. Marc Ferrentino, CTA Of Salesforce (Part 1)
. Marc Ferrentino, CTA Of Salesforce (Part 2)
. Marc Ferrentino, CTA Of Salesforce (Part 3)
. Marc Ferrentino, CTA Of Salesforce (Part 4)
. Marc Ferrentino, CTA Of Salesforce (Part 5)
. Marc Ferrentino, CTA Of Salesforce (Part 6)
. Marc Ferrentino, CTA Of Salesforce (Part 7)
. Marc Ferrentino, CTA Of Salesforce (Part 8)
. Marc Ferrentino, CTA Of Salesforce (Part 9)
. Marc Ferrentino, CTA Of Salesforce (Part 10)
. Marc Ferrentino, CTA Of Salesforce (Part 11)
. Steven John, Strategic CIO Of Workday (Part 1)
. Steven John, Strategic CIO Of Workday (Part 2)
. Steven John, Strategic CIO Of Workday (Part 3)
. Steven John, Strategic CIO Of Workday (Part 4)
. Steven John, Strategic CIO Of Workday (Part 5)
. Steven John, Strategic CIO Of Workday (Part 6)
. Steven John, Strategic CIO Of Workday (Part 7)
. Steven John, Strategic CIO Of Workday (Part 8)
. Dan Raju, CIO Of TradeKing (Part 1)
. Dan Raju, CIO Of TradeKing (Part 2)
. Dan Raju, CIO Of TradeKing (Part 3)
. Dan Raju, CIO Of TradeKing (Part 4)
. Dan Raju, CIO Of TradeKing (Part 5)
. Dan Raju, CIO Of TradeKing (Part 6)
. Dan Raju, CIO Of TradeKing (Part 7)
. Willie Tejada, Senior VP And GM Of The Enterprise Cloud Division, Akamai (Part 1)
. Willie Tejada, Senior VP And GM Of The Enterprise Cloud Division, Akamai (Part 2)
. Willie Tejada, Senior VP And GM Of The Enterprise Cloud Division, Akamai (Part 3)
. Willie Tejada, Senior VP And GM Of The Enterprise Cloud Division, Akamai (Part 4)
. Willie Tejada, Senior VP And GM Of The Enterprise Cloud Division, Akamai (Part 5)
. Willie Tejada, Senior VP And GM Of The Enterprise Cloud Division, Akamai (Part 6)
. Willie Tejada, Senior VP And GM Of The Enterprise Cloud Division, Akamai (Part 7)
. Willie Tejada, Senior VP And GM Of The Enterprise Cloud Division, Akamai (Part 8)
. Social CRM and Crowd Sourcing
. Jim Stikeleather, Chief Innovation Officer, Dell (Part 1)
. The Move To Cut Costs
. Jim Stikeleather, Chief Innovation Officer, Dell (Part 2)
. Jim Stikeleather, Chief Innovation Officer, Dell (Part 3)
. Jim Stikeleather, Chief Innovation Officer, Dell (Part 4)
. Jim Stikeleather, Chief Innovation Officer, Dell (Part 5)
. Jim Stikeleather, Chief Innovation Officer, Dell (Part 6)
. Jim Stikeleather, Chief Innovation Officer, Dell (Part 7)
. Jim Stikeleather, Chief Innovation Officer, Dell (Part 8)
. Jim Stikeleather, Chief Innovation Officer, Dell (Part 9)
. Jon Freeman, CIO of MyCroft, Inc. (Part 1)

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