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Dustin Amrhein

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Recently, I attended SOAWorld 2009 in New York City, and I had the pleasure of listening to many distinguished speakers talk about extremely interesting topics.  One of my favorite talks was given by a fellow IBMer, Kareem Yusuf. During the course of Kareem's keynote, he discussed SOA, cloud computing, and areas of innovation in the IT industry. The areas of innovation were of particular interest to me, and Kareem highlighted five of them: 1. Automation and Management 2. Elastic Applications 3. Software Delivery 4. Pricing and Licensing 5. Cloud-based services As I look at each of these areas of innovation, it is pretty clear that each have a relationship with cloud computing. For instance, automating the provisioning of IT resources and effectively managing that automation are two of the key concepts of cloud computing. No more waiting around for an "administrator" to ... (more)

Confronting The Culture of Cloud Computing

Over the past two weeks I’ve been talking to IT architects and engineers from companies of all sizes and across many industries about cloud computing. It seems that many are moving past the talk and hype of cloud computing and looking into implementation details. Many of the companies I’ve talked with are either already leveraging cloud computing (both public and private), or they are currently researching or prototyping some sort of cloud computing solution. I wasn’t necessarily surprised by the number of companies already involved in cloud computing. We’ve all seen the reports ... (more)

Important Considerations to Build Cloud Computing Apps

In many cases the industry talks about cloud computing being a new and optimized approach to delivering IT services. From the point of view of application developers, cloud computing offers dynamic platforms that equip them with the capability to deliver their application in an on-demand fashion. Applications running on a cloud platform scale up and down to meet the needs of its users. So, in the face of this new delivery model for applications, should application architects and developers expect this to have an impact on application architecture and design? There are indeed con... (more)

The Enterprise Cloud Buyers Council

Yesterday the TM Forum announced the creation of the Enterprise Cloud Buyers Council. The idea behind this council is to group the world's largest cloud buyers (Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Deutsche Bank have already joined) to help vendors and industry groups "understand the needs of the largest global cloud buyers and ensure any impediments to the uptake of cloud technology are removed." As far as vendors and industry groups go, AT&T, BT, CA, Cisco, EMC, HP, IBM, Microsoft, DMTF, and more have already joined this consumer-driven program. What kinds of things can we expec... (more)

The PaaS Supply Chain

In many cases, the end of the year gives you time to step back and take stock of the last 12 months. This is when many of us take a hard look at what worked and what did not, complete performance reviews, and formulate plans for the coming year. For me, it is all of those things plus a time when I usually get to catch up on my sadly neglected reading list. First up on my reading list this year: Clockspeed : Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage by Thomas Fine. I am sure many of you have either read Clockspeed yourself or heard it mentioned in various circles... (more)