Software Pulse
March 24, 2010

Kamesh PemmarajuCloud Leaders: Act Now

A new study from Sand Hill Group identifies the business value of cloud computing for customers and the urgent actions needed by vendors to ensure success in the rapidly approaching cloud era.

By Kamesh Pemmaraju, Sand Hill Group

It is tempting to dismiss cloud computing as another product of the well-oiled technology hype machine. But consider these facts: Mega-technology vendors are pouring billions of dollars into cloud products. Cloud vendors are realizing record growth. Analysts forecast cloud services as a $100 billion-plus opportunity in just a few short years.

Is cloud computing worth all of this excitement? In a word: Yes.

Sand Hill Group’s new study, “Leaders in the Cloud,” proves that the business value of cloud computing is real, the road to enterprise cloud adoption is shorter than most experts think, and both customers and vendors must act now to build the cloud solutions that will revolutionize business in the coming decade.


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Cloud Reality is Catching the Hype

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DON'T MISS: McKinsey’s “Risk Roundup 2010”

Among the risks in the Economist Intelligence Unit's latest global business risk assessment highlights are growing political instability from rising global unemployment, macroeconomic risks as stimulus measures fade, and financial-system risk spreading to sovereign debt in Greece and other Countries. Top risk forecasters highlight their picks for this year’s economic and political hot spots in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.

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Top Stories from the Past Week

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  3. The next wave of SaaS (Forbes)
  4. The clouding of open source and virtualization (
  5. Psychoanalyzing Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, And Larry Ellison (InformationWeek)

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Quote of the Week

“Google is playing a very dangerous game. They could end up doing more damage than good.”

- Rob Enderle, president of Enderle Group on Google’s moves in China

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