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10 Udemy Courses on How to Build a Startup by Piggybacking on a Platform

Posted on Saturday, Dec 18th 2021

One of the most exciting trends in the tech industry currently is Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Developer Ecosystems. Entrepreneurs looking for a capital-efficient strategy should seriously consider bootstrapping by piggybacking on these PaaS players.

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10 Udemy Courses on How to Build a Product Startup Using Services

Posted on Monday, Oct 18th 2021

This Udemy bundle is for IT and IT-enabled businesses wanting to understand how to get early clients by providing services, as well as existing IT-service companies looking to transition into product businesses.

Why is this set of skills so important?

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Cloud Stocks and PaaS: Which SaaS Players Will Win in PaaS

Posted on Monday, Jan 11th 2021

At the end of 2020, I wrote Big Idea 2021: SaaS Companies Will Create 10 Million Jobs with the central thesis that SaaS players would evolve into PaaS to create deeper moats around their core market positions and gain access to the related force multiplier.

To recap on the assumptions:

  • IF 1000 SaaS companies open up their platforms as a service, PaaS, as Salesforce.com does, by 2025
  • IF each platform lets startups sell through its marketplace, as Salesforce.com does, by 2025
  • IF each platform empowers 1000 startups to build on its stack by 2025
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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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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Dennis Hodges, CIO Of Inteva (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Aug 30th 2010

By guest author Shaloo Shalini and Bhavana Sharma

Inteva is a pioneer in manufacturing industry when it comes to deploying cloud computing–based solutions, primarily SaaS, within its organization and cut costs to almost a third of what they were.

In this interview with Dennis Hodges, CIO of Inteva Products, Sramana uncovers several cloud computing trends. One of them is the case of early adopters pushing cloud vendors to address integration between on-premise and cloud services. Once there is significant adoption, this may not be a scalable proposition, and eventually we expect several new players and innovation by third parties and entrepreneurs to help the cloud providers and cloud adopters work out integration. >>>

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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Mark White, CTO Of Deloitte (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Aug 26th 2010

By Sramana Mitra and guest author Saurabh Mallik

This interview is part of our series on Thought leaders in Cloud Computing. I am talking to Mark White of Deloitte. Mark is the chief technology officer of Deloitte Consulting LLP’s technology practice and the lead IT principal on the Department of Homeland Security account. In his six years at Deloitte, Mark has served clients in the federal government, financial services, real estate, high tech, energy, transportation, and other industries. Guest author Narayanan Raman interviewed him last year as part of the CIO Priorities series.

SM: As a thought leader for your company, where is your sense of cloud computing adoption today?

MW: It actually has progressed well. We spoke nine months ago; part of the discussion was about what we see CIOs doing based on the economic downturn and the potential back up. I think at that time one of the topics we discussed was how the economic downturn accelerated the evolution of cloud by at least two or three years, because in many cases it forced experimentation and adoption earlier than we would have otherwise seen. >>>

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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Michael Aginsky, CTO Of Gibbons P.C. (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Aug 23rd 2010

By guest author Shaloo Shalini and Bhavana Sharma

In this interview, Sramana and Michael Aginsky discuss cloud computing adoption from the legal industry perspective. The legal industry has evolved slowly but significantly and reaped benefits from tremendous changes in information technology over the past decade. Law firms are actively gearing up to beat competition and get out of the old “relationship” mode of doing business. They are actively adopting newer technologies, including cloud computing and social networking [survey data here], for almost all aspects of what they do – consulting with clients, colleagues, or experts; increasing compliance and regulation demands; wading through a constantly expanding sea of legislation and case law; managing outsourcing partners; keeping abreast with latest developments; or managing a mountain of matter files. >>>

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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Ric Telford, Vice President Of Cloud Services, IBM (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Aug 18th 2010

By Sramana Mitra, Pablo Chacin and Saurabh Mallik

SM: Ric, to start can you tell us about what you have done thus far in cloud computing and talk about how it has evolved at IBM?

RT: I started working on cloud computing – what it was all about, what was going on in the marketplace, and what we should do about it at IBM – in 2008. In that year, we formulated our cloud strategy, which we have been executing ever since. 2009 was a year of consolidation of views – everybody was using the term “cloud” for so many things, most of them inaccurate. The value proposition, cost model, and delivery model all took hold in 2009. We had a lot of work going on: pilots, customer engagements for some of our first cloud services such as LotusLive, and information protection services, which are backup and recovery in the cloud. >>>

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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: José Almandoz, CIO Of Novell (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Aug 16th 2010

By guest author Shaloo Shalini

As part of our Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing series, in the following interview Sramana talks with José Almandoz.

José Almandoz is the vice president and chief information officer of Novell, where he oversees the company’s information systems and technology infrastructure. With over seventeen years of experience in the software and consulting industry, Almandoz brings real-world experience to Novell’s in-house technology to ensure the highest levels of customer, partner, and employee satisfaction and results. >>>

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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Nati Shalom, CTO Of GigaSpaces (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Aug 11th 2010

By guest author Shaloo Shalini

In the following interview, Sramana and Nati Shalom discuss several key aspects of cloud computing, including the role of Microsoft Azure, improvisations in sales cycles, standards, analytics, and the opening of new markets and entrepreneurial opportunities in the cloud.

Nati Shalom is the CTO and founder of GigaSpaces and heads the Israeli Grid consortium. He has more then ten years of experience with distributed technology and architecture, namely CORBA, Jini, J2EE, Grid, and SOA. As a technology visionary he’s a frequent presenter at industry conferences and is actively involved in evangelizing space-based architecture and data grid patterns. >>>

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