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Cloud Leaders Face a Changing Tide

Kamesh Pemmaraju, Senior Product Manager - Dell Inc.

During January-February 2011, Sand Hill Group conducted a research study to gauge software vendors' cloud outlook for the coming year and beyond. The study utilized an online survey to gather executives' impressions on direction of the cloud market, their cloud strategies, and customer readiness for adoption. A total of 100 software CEOs and senior executives responded to the 24-question survey and provided insight about their cloud revenues today and next year, customer attitudes and readiness, and which products and services are gaining traction.

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Red Hat Rivals Microsoft with its Open Cloud Play

Kamesh Pemmaraju, Senior Product Manager - Dell Inc.

In June 2010, Red Hat announced Red Hat Cloud Foundations, a complete cloud package that is claimed to be an open source based interoperable cloud stack that allows customers to run their workloads in both private and public clouds. With the November 2010 acquisition of Makara, Red Hat is also making a strong play in the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) space.

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Five Cloud Trends for 2011 - and Beyond

Kamesh Pemmaraju, Senior Product Manager - Dell Inc.

What specific developments will shape the cloud itself? Based on my primary research, executive interviews and close monitoring of vendor developments during 2010, I predict five major trends will shape the cloud space during the coming year.

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Four Key CIO Challenges in the Transition to the Cloud

Mike West, VP & Distinguished Analyst - Saugatuck Technology

Saugatuck Technology research clearly shows that Cloud transitions typically impact the IT organization in very significant ways, affecting roles and responsibilities, organizational structure, governance, architecture, budget process, employee retention, asset management and customer relationships. In this article, we present an overview of the four key challenges we have seen CIOs handle as enterprises transition to the Cloud.

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Complex Times Demand Simpler Solutions

Jeffrey M. Kaplan, Managing Director - THINKstrategies

The resignation of Leo Apotheker as CEO of SAP is the latest example of the escalating pressures facing legacy software executives as the industry undergoes fundamental and traumatic changes driven by rapidly changing customer preferences and intensifying competition. ISVs that can clear away the complexities, and create simpler solutions and go-to-market strategies will be in the best position to survive and thrive in the coming decade.