Cloud Computing

SAP Cloud Computing Shake-up

Posted on 11/02/2010. Filed under: Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture |

How long can SAP stay out of the cloud computing game? [tweetmeme source=”EmunaConsulting” only_single=false]

My guess is not any longer and they know it, they are losing market share as you read this article.

An in-depth article on the New York Times is available below.

“Instead of the big corporate contracts on which SAP built its business, “cloud computing” programs, like Business byDesign, are aimed at small and midsize companies and delivered over the Internet for a monthly subscription fee. To stay current, analysts say SAP must convert itself from a monolithic provider of end-to-end solutions to a nimble provider of easy-to-operate services, and it must do that while defending its existing business.

“We are at the advent of some of the largest changes in our industry in terms of computers,” Mr. Plattner said, and it would be “absolutely catastrophic to be stuck in the maintenance side and not be storming ahead in innovation. We have to maintain and innovate, and the company will do both.”

Mr. Plattner, one of the ex-I.B.M. employees who founded the company in 1972, is SAP’s largest shareholder, with more than 10 percent of the stock…”– link

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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools 2009

Posted on 18/11/2009. Filed under: Business, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture |

The report is free!

Gartner has recently released their Magic Quadrant Report for EA Tools in 2009. [tweetmeme source=”EmunaConsulting” only_single=false]

The folks at Troux was so friendly to make it freely available.

We architects know the value a good EA tool brings to the EA office in an organization. Now you can see what tools are the best of the best.

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Cloud Storage Economics

Posted on 18/11/2009. Filed under: Business, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture |

Enterprise Architects are constantly asked to demonstrate the ROI for proposed solutions. Cloud Storage Solutions are no exception to the rule.

The people at TwinStrata compiled such a ROI presentation where onsite vs cloud storage for primary and secondary data are documented. This report makes a very compelling case… I’m not going to give the answer away, go get the report.

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Investigating Cloud Solutions

Posted on 17/11/2009. Filed under: Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture |

Once you get your perceptions around brick-and-mortar the cloud movement is not really anything so “new”.

There are a myriad of service providers for cloud solutions depending on your business requirements.

If you are a home computer user, then LiveMesh, Google, Box.Net are all suitable solutions for storage, document / file server, email etc. Most of them also offer business solutions.

For cost-effective CRM solutions, one could use salesforce.com. Their cloud CRM solutions start at 5$ per user per month.

If it is pure storage you are after, then Amazon’s Simple Storage Solution (S3) is a very viable option. More about pricing is available here.

The competition to Amazon is Nirvanix who claim they are the “Premier Enterprise Cloud Storage Service”. Their pricing is more specific and for enterprise solutions you will have to talk to a representative.

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