Worth checking out: IBM juiced-up its Lotus Notes collaboration platform with a cloud-based version at $10 per user per month. LotusLive collaboration suite brings together e-mail, calendar, instant messaging, Web conferencing, file sharing and social networking.
What is that orchid purple pizza box doing in the data center? Turns out the overnight shift hasn’t left the debris from its dinner in a server rack. It’s actually the IBM WebSphere Cloudburst Appliance.
Here’s the idea: You’ve created a cloud computing environment for your business. Great, but what can you do with it? Can you quickly get an application up and running? Can you efficiently provision the virtual resources it needs? Many businesses are creating internal clouds, only to run into the obstacles of provisioning and managing the applications they want to run on them. In a corporate environment, it can take weeks to get an application up and running. And you know how it is with project delays. One delay causes other projects to be pushed back – and the wasted dollars multiply.
Some theorists say that the future of all IT lies in the cloud. If you accept that premise, then the logical conclusion is that it’s pointless to invest any further in on-premises IT. IT skeptic and provocateur Nicholas G. Carr sees cloud computing as a stage on the way to computing resources becoming a commodity like electricity.
Lori MacVittie has done a great service by taking a close look at just what typically happens in the rollout of a BPM application. Getting the BPM app up and running is no big deal – but getting it to do something useful and thereby to justify its existence is quite another matter, she points out.
The devil of BPM deployment is in the details, including integrating with corporate data and getting buy-in from the workers whose processes it will change. That remains the same regardless of where the application is running – on a server in your data center or out in the cloud, MacVittie contends. Read more
3Par is a storage vendor, but the reasons for the bidding war may be that 3Par equipment is particularly good for cloud-based data storage.
Let’s accept for a moment that there is a cloud bubble. If you remember the dot-com bubble, it’s clear that the cloud bubble is not like that. Sure, everyone is claiming their gadget or service enables cloud computing, but there is not a rash of ridiculous IPOs as there was back in dot-com days. Exuberance, maybe; irrational exuberance, no.
Inefficiency my not be apparent when a company is small and growing rapidly. But the whole point of growing rapidly is to get big fast, right? When that happens, the old seat-of-the-pants methods stop working.
A good way to get a handle on how your company works is to implement BPM (Business Process Management) software. One obstacle to BPM implementation – or any major software initiative – is the cost and learning curve. It’s not always easy making the case that your company is so inefficient that you have go through the exercise of modeling your company’s business processes in order to get things under control – especially if your company’s self-image is based on a fast-moving entrepreneurial style.