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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Doug Menefee, CIO of Schumacher Group (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jan 17th 2011

By Sramana Mitra and guest author Shaloo Shalini

When it comes to giving an edge to businesses through IT, cloud computing is leveling the playing field in more innovative ways than were once conceivable. On one hand, widely popular Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and pay-per-use pricing models have brought the capital expenditure barrier to its knees, giving a fillip and a more fair chance to startups and SMBs. These models have also brought a larger market within the reach of startups and SMBs, without the need for big sales muscle, unlike large enterprises. On the other hand, cloud has helped large enterprises to reach out to the masses, enabled them to take advantage of their ‘power users’ through social networking, and provided them with the means to sell their market-leading solutions, which earlier could be bought only by those with deeper pockets, in the form of more affordable pay-per-use products and thus harness the long-tail phenomenon. >>>

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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Carol Kline, CIO Of TeleTech (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Dec 31st 2010

By Sramana Mitra and guest author Shaloo Shalini

We have here an interesting cloud adoption use case with generous insights into the world of a large global business process outsourcing (BPO) enterprise, TeleTech, which manages global-scale contact centers. Over the past seven years, through private cloud adoption, TeleTech has not only moved to the next level of operational efficiency; it could also enter into a new line of business of on-demand outsourcing by playing to its strengths in contact center management and using cloud computing. We saw another similar example of creation of a new line of business through cloud adoption at Cycle30 in one of our earlier interviews in this series. >>>

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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Alan Perkins, CIO of Altium (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Dec 21st 2010

By Sramana Mitra and guest author Shaloo Shalini

We have touched upon the electronic design automation (EDA) industry in some of the previous interviews as part of our Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing series. We noticed that there has been extremely limited cloud adoption in the EDA space so far. As we prepare to ring in 2011, the same trend seems set to prevail. There are, however, pockets of activity, especially among the newer EDA players who are exploring and leveraging the cloud both in-house and as a vehicle for EDA collaboration in the future. >>>

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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Martin Silverman, Director IT at EvensonBest (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Dec 20th 2010

By Sramana Mitra and guest author Shaloo Shalini

Is the mid-market ready for cloud computing? What are the mid-market customer aspirations from a typical cloud-based solution provider? Most of the cloud-based vendors and the entrepreneurs chasing the cloud market are focusing on the most common and volume-based solutions, but there are there niche segments that are willing to pay a higher price for cloud-based solutions provided their specific and special needs are met by vendors. In this interview, Sramana delves behind the scenes into contract furniture manufacturer EvensonBest’s IT organization and brings out some interesting perspectives from mid-market segment. Do you belong to the camp that perpetually worries about dealing with the disaster recovery (DR) scenario when it comes to cloud adoption? If yes, then you may find EvensonBest’s hybrid cloud usage interesting.  The company address DR in a rather unusual manner. For Martin Silverman, director IT at EvensonBest, being able to support his end users through a cloud-hosted offering is a bonus because he no longer needs to worry about updating and maintaining dedicated servers for supporting IT needs of EvensonBest. >>>

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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Dave Hart, CTO and EVP, Presidio (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Dec 13th 2010

By Sramana Mitra and guest author Shaloo Shalini

What is the contribution of cloud computing in today’s rapidly evolving enterprise data center – is it speed, efficiency, lower costs, or more? Cloud adoption is driven today as much by time to market as by the cost and efficiency considerations. Businesses demand a data center that is responsive to the IT needs of the organization. The next-generation data center is flexible; easy to manage; highly efficient in terms of performance with lower costs for deployment and operation; actively harness technologies such as virtualization; has mechanisms for improved power and cooling; and incorportates cloud computing and its new business models. >>>

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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Sanjay Mirchandani, CIO of EMC (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Nov 26th 2010

By Sramana Mitra and guest author Shaloo Shalini

How are IT organizations in large companies approaching clouds? We covered some bits of it in the post Large Enterprises: To Be or Not To Be In The Clouds. Private clouds came up as the preferred choice given the legacy, security, and continuity theme in a large enterprise. In the latest interview of our series Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing, Sramana talks to Sanjay Mirchandani, CIO of EMC. She uncovers additional aspects related to people and process evolution in large enterprises such as EMC, as they journey into the cloud. Sanjay shares his thoughts on how EMC is using their own core technologies to tier, consolidate, and virtualize to attain the business agility that the cloud promises.

Sanjay Mirchandani is senior vice president and chief information officer of EMC Corporation. He is responsible for extending EMC’s operational excellence and driving technological innovation, and he leads EMC’s network of global delivery centers in India, China, Russia, and Israel. Prior to joining EMC, Mirchandani was Microsoft’s regional vice president for enterprise services and Asia. Mirchandani earned a master’s in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree from Drew University.

EMC provides information infrastructure technology and solutions such as unified storage, content management, security, virtualization, backup and recovery, private clouds, virtual desktop infrastructure, efficiency, automation, and archiving. The company’s revenues for FY 2009 were $14 billion. EMC is headquartered in Hopkinton, MA, and has a global presence across the world with approximately 43,000 employees. >>>

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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Dr. Reed Sheard, CIO Of Westmont College (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Nov 15th 2010

By Sramana Mitra and guest author Shaloo Shalini

In the multibillion-dollar market of higher education in the United States, we see an interesting trend whereby a combination of IT people and college communities are playing the role of an active “lead user” and using the cloud computing paradigm to make campus life simpler and information accessible for students through handheld devices. In this interview, we have some insights for you on evolutionary application integrations happening at Westmont and in higher education, from dispensing efficient IT infrastructure for effective collaboration to simplifying campus processes and other real-world tasks. During the interview, Sramana and Dr. Reed Sheard, VP and CIO of Westmont University College, discuss how Sheard has deployed cloud computing technologies and solutions to help the Westmont IT user community move to a higher level of service and helped the college IT team evolve to the next level in terms of business alignment. It is interesting to note that there has been explosive growth in the number of Apple devices in the higher education world, with applications taking a lead in terms of the user base compared to pure browser-based or Internet applications and the absence of Amazon’s Kindle, which is positioned as the textbook of the future in higher education but still needs a volume of textbooks to be made available on it and still lacks the ease with which iPad users can make notes and collaborate. >>>

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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Scott Martin, CIO Of Nonni’s Food Company (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Oct 27th 2010

By Sramana Mitra and guest author Shaloo Shalini

In this interview, Scott Martin, CIO at Nonni’s Food Company, shares his insights on cloud computing. It is interesting to note how a mid-size company such as Nonni’s Foods is harnessing private clouds to drive operational efficiency not only in IT but also across sales and billing. This enables the company to not only focus more on core business activities but also to deploy solutions that they could not think of earlier, before cloud business models, due to the upfront costs involved. There are some interesting thoughts on deploying a document management system in a private cloud by a consumer packaged goods (CPG) company such as Nonni’s Foods. In the entrepreneurship section, Scott discusses some of his wish-list items from a thin client, iPad perspective and exploiting the full potential of mobile devices in an enterprise scenario. >>>

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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Paul Stamas, VP of IT, Mohawk Fine Papers (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Oct 19th 2010

By Sramana Mitra and guest author Shaloo Shalini

In this interview, Sramana and Paul Stamas, VP of IT at Mohawk Fine Papers, discuss how cloud computing has helped Mohawk compete with larger players without having to grow its data center and staffing. Paul believes that cloud computing is an essential element of IT for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in manufacturing because survival for them is dependent on enterprise agility, adaptability, and developing highly differentiated products and services in a global value chain.

Paul Stamas is vice president of information technology at Mohawk Fine Papers, the largest premium paper manufacturer in North America.  Prior to Mohawk, he held executive IT management positions at Sprint PCS; Phillips Medical Systems; GM-Hughes, and the Department of Defense.  He received BA in applied statistics from the State University of New York (SUNY); a BS in industrial and systems engineering from (SUNY); an executive MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and he is currently pursuing a doctorate from the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool). >>>

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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Rajan Nagarajan, CIO, Mahindra Satyam (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Oct 14th 2010

By Sramana Mitra and guest author Shaloo Shalini

In one of the most thought-stirring interviews with Rajan Nagarajan CIO, Mahindra Satyam, Sramana discusses cloud computing adoption from the point of view of large systems integrators such as Mahindra Satyam. In addition to talking about how big consulting companies are leveraging clouds, Sramana and Rajan have a thought-provoking exchange about open opportunities in cloud computing for entrepreneurs, a discussion which has whetted my appetite for more and raised the bar for idea-churning discussions as part of this series, Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing (TLCC). >>>

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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Steven Smith, President And CEO, Gcommerce Inc. (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Oct 6th 2010

By Sramana Mitra and guest author Shaloo Shalini

In the following interview, Sramana and Steven discuss how supply chain services for Internet-based electronic data interchange (EDI) in the automotive and traditional whole goods markets are adopting cloud computing to their advantage. >>>

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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: James Dunlap, President Of Cycle30 (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Sep 17th 2010

By Sramana Mitra and guest author Shaloo Shalini

Today, the telecom industry charges its subscribers based on fixed price business models for data services. But to keep up with the rate at which bandwidth consumption is scaling, telecom vendors will almost certainly need to adopt a variable pricing model, such that they can charge based on consumption just as they charge for voice services. The utility industry charges based on how much energy or water is consumed, but the telecom industry assumes unlimited data usage for a fixed fee. >>>

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Interview Series With Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing Announced

Posted on Wednesday, Sep 8th 2010

To help bring entrepreneurs closer to thought leaders and early adopters in cloud computing, Sramana Mitra has launched a new series of in-depth interviews – Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing. You can find the announcement and more details here.

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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Donald Ferguson, CTO of CA Technologies (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Sep 8th 2010

By Sramana Mitra and guest authors Shaloo Shalini and Bhavana Sharma

As enterprises across industry verticals around the globe are drawn into the obvious benefits of adopting cloud computing to begin their own cloud journeys, IT management solution providers such as CA Technologies are a unique case study. They not only deploy cloud computing–based technologies and solutions within their organization and reap huge benefits in their business processes, they also deal with issues of supporting their offerings. Before the advent of the cloud, their offerings were mostly on-premise. Now such companies are moving these offerings to the new SaaS-based model, making them cloud ready, so to speak. In addition, large companies are always on the lookout for technology acquisitions which can augment their portfolios. This is where the startups part of the ecosystem and innovation become relevant, especially with reference to cloud computing. >>>

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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Dr. Marcos Athanasoulis, Harvard Medical School (Part 1)

Posted on Saturday, Sep 4th 2010

By Sramana Mitra and guest author Shaloo Shalini

Healthcare and life sciences is a vertical that can gain tremendously from technological paradigm shifts such as cloud computing. Despite obvious deterrents in the form of data security and privacy, HIPPA, and the sheer volume of unstructured data in terms of storage, management, analytics and research, there is no dearth of opportunity for innovators and entrepreneurs who are looking to overcome challenges and create solutions to benefit not only the medicos but also researchers dealing with complex life science scenarios. >>>

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