Software Pulse
October 6, 2010

Lew MoormanHow Smart Enterprises are Riding the Cloud

Pioneering companies - and vendors - are leading the race to the cloud by finding “the best horse for each course.”

By Lew Moorman, Rackspace

Corporate executives often ask me when the Cloud will be “enterprise ready” — meaning, fit to handle the computing of big companies like theirs. My answer? Right now. Cloud computing is for everyone - but not for everything. By that, I mean that every company, large or small, can use the Cloud to make its computing more agile and affordable. But the Cloud today is not the best place to handle every application. It will be, perhaps in a decade or so. But isn’t there just yet.


Breakfast Briefing: The Future of Work

Software vendors will need new platforms of collaboration to unleash greater productivity and levels of business performance for their clients as new technologies and globalization combine to redefine the fundamental nature of organizational structure. Join's MR Rangaswami and Jimmy Livingston, Vice President, Cognizant Business Consulting at an executive breakfast briefing at the Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto on Oct. 14 to discuss “The Future of Work” and the findings of a recent study conducted with the Economist Intelligence Unit. Click here to find out more and register now.

Say Goodbye to the Jurassic Enterprise

Eric Peters

As technology changes, so should business practices. Eric Peters of Medix discusses how businesses of all sizes can be of more value by staying agile with integrated IT systems in this post to the Blog on New Era, New Thinking.

Hybrid Clouds: “Best of Both Worlds”

Kamesh Pemmaraju

As enterprises continue to determine which type of cloud benefits their applications and workloads most, Kamesh Pemmaraju reviews hybrid clouds as the most widely chosen cloud environment in this post to his Blog, Leaders in the Cloud.

Join Kamesh at Cloudswitch's upcoming webinar, “Making Hybrid Clouds Work in the Real World” on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 1:00pm EDT. Kamesh will discuss his research findings on cloud “reality” today, including which types of enterprises are adopting the cloud, and which aren't, an overview of the hybrid cloud architecture, and an explaination of why hybrid clouds are poised for the greatest growth. Click here to register for the event.

Reforming Hospitals with IT Investment

Mandated upgrades to healthcare IT will demand heavy investments by providers but will help them minimize waste and standardize best medical practice. However, the providers will have to take a radically new approach to IT. Learn more in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.

Plug Into the Indian Software Ecosystem’s MR Rangaswami Co-Hosts the Nasscom Product Conclave

The NASSCOM Product Conclave brings the entire software product ecosystem together under one roof to look ahead at the evolving industry landscape. This year's event will take place Nov. 10-11 in Bangalore, India and will focus on opportunities in cloud computing and lean startups. The Product Conclave has become a hub for connecting the world to the Indian Software Product Ecosystem, with last year's event attracting more than 1,000 C-suite executives, system integrators, venture capitalists, and mentors from 600 companies across India and abroad.

Get more details here.

Poll: Mission-Critical Cloud?

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Top Stories from the Past Week

  1. New CEO Leo Apotheker May Give HP a Software Focus (CMR Daily)
  2. Global CIO: Larry Ellison and HP CEO: Courtroom Showdown Looming (InformationWeek)
  3. SAP Moves Emissions Reporting to the Cloud (IndustryWeek)
  4. Black Duck Buys Ohloh from Geeknet (eWeek)
  5. Oracle Aiming to Acquire Chipmakers (CNet)

The Latest Software Business News on

All Headlines: Cloud adoptions - which approach makes the most sense?

VC Activity: Retail Solutions raises $15.2 million for retail industry software.

M&A Deals: Google acquires mobile-typing company.

Executive Moves: San Francisco based IT company BEAR Data Solutions named Timothy E. Tonges President and Chief Operating Officer.

Quote of the Week

“Given HP's diversified products and services, its financial strength, and its leadership position across markets, no other company is as well positioned to drive - and profit from - the revolutionary changes under way in the marketplace. As we move forward, HP will continue to be a valued partner with our customers as well as a fierce competitor. I look forward to working with the outstanding people at HP to write the next chapter in the company's long and proud history.”

- Leo Apotheker on his new role as CEO of Hewlett-Packard

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