PaaS Use Remains Stalled at Dev/Test

Charlotte Dunlap
Charlotte Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • Microsoft encourages app deployment via Azure, but dev/test remains prominent use case
  • PaaS vendors’ eventual move to common code base will ease move from dev/test to production

Microsoft is telling channel partners and enterprises that in the next two years, half of the Fortune 500 companies will be on the Windows Azure cloud model. In fact, I just read Microsoft has partnered with NBC to LiveStream the Sochi Olympics through Windows Azure Media Services. But I keep wondering when Azure will move beyond its compute and network use scenarios and more deeply into platform-as-a-service (PaaS) scenarios. Because what I’m hearing from SIs is that enterprise developers’ use of Azure remains largely limited to development and testing (dev/test) of applications, and less around application deployment/production and integration. Continue reading “PaaS Use Remains Stalled at Dev/Test”

A Few More Thoughts on VMware’s $1.54 Billion Acquisition of AirWatch

Paula Musich
Paula Musich

Summary Bullets:

  • Consolidation of the enterprise mobility management market (EMM) will continue, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that’s good for EMM customers.
  • When the dust settles from continued consolidation, at least one pure-play, independent provider will be left standing to supply a best-of-breed alternative.

I can’t resist the opportunity to weigh in on the still fairly recent news of VMware’s planned acquisition of leading pure-play enterprise mobility management provider AirWatch for a reported $1.54 billion.  Of course, this move was not surprising given the continued march of consolidation activities in the EMM market.  VMware follows IBM with its Fiberlink acquisition, the much smaller and stealthier acquisition of BitzerMobile by Oracle, and VMware rival Citrix’s acquisition of Zenprise just over a year earlier.  The move is also not surprising, given the failure of VMware’s Horizon Workspace to catch any traction in the mobile application management segment, as well as the appointment of former SAP mobility chief Sanjay Poonen as GM and EVP of VMware’s End-User Computing group last August.  Continue reading “A Few More Thoughts on VMware’s $1.54 Billion Acquisition of AirWatch”

Automated Trouble Resolution: Changing the IT/Network Management Game Proactively

Brian Washburn
Brian Washburn

Summary Bullets:

  • Expert systems have transformed into an IT/network outsourcing alternative for larger enterprises.
  • Specialty provider IPsoft is both natural partner and potential competition to adjacent CRM and BPO sectors.

Current Analysis subscribers to our IT/network services content, and attendees to our year-end trends webinar, know that I’ve been pounding the table for months now about industry trends that will come together and change the way service providers do business. I’ve whittled my obsession down to five major industry vectors: One of those trends is a combination of evolved expert systems and analytics, with big data support. Today I’ll just look at the expert systems element, and what it alone is doing in the industry. Continue reading “Automated Trouble Resolution: Changing the IT/Network Management Game Proactively”

OpenDaylight Is an Exciting Start, but Success Is Not Guaranteed

Mike Fratto
Mike Fratto

Summary Bullets:

  • The OpenDaylight project has a good start on becoming a compelling force in SDN with solid vendor support and lots of energy.
  • There are some hurdles the project needs to get over and some pitfalls that could derail market acceptance.

Is the OpenDaylight project going to take the networking world by storm?  It’s hard to say since the project is barely ten months old and only just shipped its first revision of controller software and applications, called Hydrogen.  However, if the buzz and energy at the sold-out inaugural OpenDaylight Summit are any indication, the chances for its success are very good. Continue reading “OpenDaylight Is an Exciting Start, but Success Is Not Guaranteed”

Analytics, Analytics Everywhere, but Whither to Take a Drink

Brad Shimmin
Brad Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

  • Just as with social networking workflows, technology vendors are actively building analytics into line-of-business applications in an effort to make data not only meaningful, but actually useful in driving business decisions.
  • The trouble is that truly useful analytics functionality must sit on top of an extremely complex set of technologies, creating a size mismatch between business app and foundational analytics system.

Annual customer trade shows always deliver a key message, a marketing meme meant to follow attendees home and influence future purchasing decisions.  This is typically accomplished via the creation of strong associations between core products and some industry mega trend, such as the consumerization of IT, mobility, social networking, cloud delivery, etc.  This year’s IBM Connect, which previously went by the name of Lotusphere for those keeping score, was no different.  Those uber-trends mentioned above were woven throughout the show’s many keynotes and breakout sessions in support of IBM’s collaborative portfolio.  However, this year marked the arrival of a new area of focus that I think will greatly change IBM itself as well as influence its buyers, namely analytics. Continue reading “Analytics, Analytics Everywhere, but Whither to Take a Drink”