Cloud Services and Enterprise Software

Cloud services and enterprise software

The Latest Chapter In IBM’s Quest To Build A Cloud For Banks

In November of 2019, in a pre-pandemic world that seems an age ago, I wrote the first article about the collaboration between IBM and Bank of America to develop a financial services-ready public cloud. In May of 2020, I previewed an update announcing the first round of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) partners who announced intent to …

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The Decoder Ring For VMware’s Multi-Cloud Offerings And Offers ‘As A Service’

I have written on many occasions that hybrid cloud, the combination of private (either on-premises or hosted in a colocation facility) and public cloud infrastructure, is here to stay.  VMware wants to be the vendor that supplies you with the software that enables developers to build and deploy applications to any cloud and I believe will be one of the …

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Oracle Updates Fusion Supply Chain And Discloses 750 New Customer Rollouts In Six Months

For most people, upgrading Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems that support the core business and data is a daunting prospect. Upgrades typically occur when the current applications limit business processing efficiencies, decision-making abilities, and overall competitiveness.  In a past article, I described how Oracle has quietly become anessential cloud applications company. Oracle’s success is due in large part …

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Learnings From Siemens Gamesa’s Global Digital Transformation Journey

Digital transformation is probably the most overused phrase across industries, particularly a favorite amongst analysts such as me. No one denies the need for it. Market forces drive demand for digital transformation owing to changing customer attitudes. Governments mandate it, based on regulation. Mergers and acquisitions often stipulate it. It’s an opportunity no one wants to …

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The “Edge-To- Cloud” Race Heats Up With IBM Cloud Satellite

Five years ago, the industry was debating whether the hybrid cloud was real or not. I was an early hybrid cloud supporter the past decade, but I rode the wrong platform horse, OpenStack. For mass deployment across different verticals and sophistication levels, OpenStack was not robust enough, and required a lot of work to stand …

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HPE GreenLake Cloud Services—Coming To 100,000 Technology Providers Near You

Earlier this week, HPE announced a series of updates to its HPE GreenLake cloud services portfolio, including new capabilities and partnerships.  HPE GreenLake cloud service is HPE’s hybrid cloud X-as-a-Service offering, delivered via a more flexible consumption model. HPE GreenLake is designed to combine the cloud’s simplicity and agility with the governance, compliance, and visibility of …

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IBM Smoothing The Road To Hybrid Cloud With Expanded Red Hat Capabilities On IBM Power Systems

Today, IBM announced a new array of products and services to help enterprises manage the hybrid cloud, modernize existing applications and build new cloud-native applications.  This article will highlight what I think are the most exciting elements of this announcement enterprises can use whether the company is already on the hybrid journey with IBM or …

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Oracle Is Now Bringing The Cloud To The Enterprise Edge

Today, Oracle announced Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure to deliver core infrastructure services to remote locations. The initial release will be available to government customers with general availability to all verticals around the middle of the year.  In this article, I will describe the infrastructure and use cases, the consumption model, and finally, explain why I …

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Box Gets Into The Digital Signature Game With SignRequest Acquisition

With the major acceleration of the work from home trend currently underway, never before has it been so crucial for businesses to conduct their operations securely, through the cloud. One of the more exciting players in this realm is Box, Inc. (not to be confused with competitor DropBox). I attended the company’s BoxWorks conference last …

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Connectivity Powers Tractor Supply Company’s Success

In late 2020, I had an intriguing conversation with Tractor Supply Company (TSC) and HPE Aruba. Founded in 1938, over 80 years ago, TSC has grown into the largest farm store operator in the United States. However, of particular interest to me was its rapid growth over the last five years—nearly doubling its revenue to $10 billion. Soon …

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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Is Growing Up And Gaining Customers

When you think of cloud providers, Oracle is probably not the first company that comes to mind. I must admit I was a skeptic of Oracle Cloud V1.0, but with Oracle’s second-generation cloud, announced at Oracle OpenWorld back in 2018, I see many improvements that deserve a closer look.  Oracle has been on a bit …

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Adds HPC To Its GreenLake As-A-Service Portfolio

Several years ago, in 2019, Hewlett Packard Enterprise made a public vow to offer all its offerings “as-a-Service” by 2022. HPE’s GreenLake cloud services portfolio is essential to this strategy by HPE offering organizations a highly flexible, scalable, secure and fully managed and monitored IT experience. I’ve been following the company’s strategy closely and have …

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AWS Decommoditizing Compute With Re:Invent 2020 Announcements

The AWS re:Invent event marks the last and largest conference I will attend in 2020 – and the year certainly ended with a bang. This event is always super-interesting, and the company continues to dial in on topics and trends relevant to enterprise IT and increasingly business leaders. The conference had 100s of announcements, but …

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The Most Impactful Non-Compute Announcements At Amazon AWS Re:Invent 2020

AWS re: Invent 2020 is the Amazon Web Services annual user conference that focuses on cloud strategies and operations, security and developer productivity, and IT architecture and infrastructure. Typically, the conference spans seven different properties in Las Vegas and welcomes over 60,000 attendees over a few days. Of course, this year, like many others, the event …

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Rackspace Technology Charges The Hill On Security In A Multicloud World

Recently Rackspace Technology held its analyst day to showcase its new strategy and product offerings. Having followed Rackspace for many years, I can attest that the company never wavers in its commitment to customer satisfaction. Additionally, Rackspace leverages technology to solve actual business problems rather than just technology for the sake of technology. Rackspace’s customer-focused approach, or …

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It’s Official- Marvell Acquiring Inphi For $10B That Boosts Its Cloud And 5G Opportunities

I had the chance to talk last night with Marvell CEO Matt Murphy and optics leader Inphi CEO Dr. Ford Tamer on its deal valued at $10B, which considerably expands Marvell’s market opportunity in the cloud data center and 5G end markets. Marvell has been growing incredibly over the past three years, which I documented here after …

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Lenovo And SAP Tie The Knot, Again, At Tech World 2020

Lenovo Tech World 2020, scheduled for Oct. 28-29, brought together several Lenovo events, including an event for partners.  Conferences, often timed with product announcements, allow us to hear the company strategy and focus from Lenovo’s leadership. I’ll hit the key learnings from this announcement and then my opinion at the end. Lenovo has a laser …

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A Whole New Box For The New ‘Normal’

Box has been quietly evolving its platform from one that mostly offered online storage and file sharing to providing a range of content management services in the cloud. Box has coined the term Cloud content management, or CCM for short, to describe the software category. Rarely do company-created market segments stick, but CCM has become …

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IBM Scores Major Energy Win With Schlumberger

IBM has been hard at work the last 9 months with many announcements pertaining to the advancement of the company’s innovative hybrid cloud strategy. It is apparent that new IBM CEO Arvind Krishna and President Jim Whitehurst are operating at a new level I have never seen at IBM.  A few months ago, it was …

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HPE’s Impressive 80% Q3 GreenLake Growth Highlights Implications Of SAP HANA As-A-Service Deal

Over the past several years, HPE has been engaged in a transition from selling infrastructure to offering solutions (hardware + software) on a consumption basis. The growing popularity of consumption-based computing is evident in the success of HPE GreenLake, a hybrid IT-as-a-Service offering, delivered via a flexible consumption model. Last week, HPE announced that it …

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