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My first experience with an "inverted yield curve" was in 2000 just prior to the tech bubble bursting. I was working on a financial portal for an investment bank and one of the charts was a yield curve. It looked odd all of a sudden, so I looked it up in a book of financial terms. An inverted yield is indicated when interest rates for short-term capital are higher than interest rates for long-term capital. In other words, people are willing to pay a significant price to alleviate short-term concerns because they're focused on the now and not so concerned about one year, three years, five years, or thirty years from now. Inverted yield curves some believe signal disruption in financial markets. On the surface, Cloud First seems to signal the disruption that is cloud computing. To take this metaphor a little further, this inversion of Cloud First from "Cloud Never" su... (more)

Big Data: How Can Data Providers Position Themselves for Growth?

Ideas for Maximizing Revenue and Positioning and Accelerating the Adoption of On-Demand Data and Integration as a Service 1) Publish pre-built integration components to sites, or communities such as: a. Heroku Add-ons http://addons.heroku.com/ Reason. Developers of many types of applications, not the least of which include Facebook platform games, develop Facebook applications on the Heroku platform. Currently some data providers sell fantasy football and other types of gaming data, yet I don't see integration components available from either firm offered in the the Heroku, Boomi, ... (more)

Hey HP When You Have to Shoot...Shoot! Don't Talk

I’m starting to see a lot of common cultural ground between HP and RIM. Apple really has nothing to do with the problems firms like RIM and HP face. I wrote a month ago that the move to the Cloud would result in major vendor extinction. While HP is building Next Generation Data Centers for some large enterprises, I’ve found it difficult to accept HP as an enterprise software company, a storage company, a networking company, or anything but a printer company. Granted the company has made some acquisitions over the years notably Compaq, Mercury, EDS, yet for each of these product l... (more)

Big Data Gold Mine in Cloud Governance and Automation

I've been working on Enterprise Cloud Strategy and in the course of this work identified some interesting and non-obvious opportunities in the Cloud. One solution I’ve examined is the well-crafted solution that is enStratus. enStratus has built a SaaS Cloud Management / Governance product focused on providing critical management, monitoring, governance capabilities tailored to the needs of the Global 2000 market, rather than the startup market. As I have worked with a current Fortune 500 client to identify Cloud solution components, my assessment is that enStratus is uncannily we... (more)

The Cloud Cost Question and What Doesn't Fit into the Usual Debates

The cloud community and anyone with an opinion if not immediately, periodically and frequently gravitate to the question of cost. Is it more? Is it less? Are we being wasteful? Are we being too frugal? Will Google and AWS drive the price of storage to zero? Can we scrunch the market forces of Cloud into a theoretical framework we already understand? And yet just as cost of computing has been accounted for poorly when assessed in the corporate data center, when similar measures are applied to Cloud, Cloud becomes subject to the same Procrustean Bed as the corporate data center. ... (more)