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Top 12 Sites For Free Cloud Computing & Enterprise Software Research

campusOne of the most common questions I get from students is where they can find free cloud computing and enterprise software research.

Few if any of my students work for companies who have subscriptions with the top analyst firms however.  A small group of students are working on a start-up on the side and want to absorb as much market data as they can.

Many of my former students are also in IT management roles, and when they become interested in a specific cloud computing or enterprise topic over time, they write me and ask if I have any data on their subject of interest.  I keep the following list updated from them too.   To serve all these students I’ve been adding to the list shown below for a number of years. None of these companies are current or past clients and I hold no equity positions in any of them.

The requests are so prevalent in global competitive strategy courses I distribute this list at the beginning of the semester with the following disclaimers.

  • Many of the cloud computing and enterprise software companies pay to have white papers written and research done.  Writing white papers and doing research for an enterprise software vendor client is a very lucrative business for many industry analyst firms.  Ethical industry analysts will often insist that a disclaimer be included in the white paper and on the website stating that they and their firms were hired to write the paper or do the research and publish the report.
  • The reports are intellectual property of the firms publishing them.  Enterprise software vendors often pay tens of thousands of dollars at a minimum for reprint rights and the right to provide them on their websites.  I advise my students to seek out the copyright and quote policies of the research firm of interest if they plan on re-using the graphics in any published materials or in their blog posts.  One for example, the Gartner Copyright and Quote Policy is shown here.
  • Pay attention to the methodologies used in each report and realize they change over time.  This is especially the case with the  Gartner Magic Quadrant and MarketScopes. Gartner has been very active this year in refining the Magic Quadrant methodology for example.

The following are the list of cloud computing and enterprise software vendor sites that offer free downloads of cloud computing and enterprise software research:

  • Amazon Web Services – Amazon has purchased re-print rights to the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service written by Lydia Leong, Douglas Toombs, Bob Gill, Gregor Petri, Tiny Haynes published on August, 19, 2013 in addition to the latest reports from Forrester on enterprise public cloud platforms and enterprise cloud databases. Link:    https://aws.amazon.com/resources/analyst-reports/
  • BMC Software – Many free reports from Gartner, Forrester, The 451 Group and other research firms covering advanced performance analytics (APA), cloud computing, IT Service Management and long-term technology trends. Link: http://www.bmc.com/industry-analysts/reports/
  • Computer Associates – An extensive collection of cloud computing and enterprise software research organized into the following categories: cloud; data management; energy and sustainability management; IT automation; IT security; IT service management; mainframe; project and portfolio management; service assurance and virtual organizations.  CA requires opt-in on the latest research as they use this site as part of their lead generation strategy.  Link: http://www.ca.com/us/collateral/industry-analyst-reports.aspx
  • Cisco Systems –  Data Center and Virtualization; includes the latest Current Analysis, Forrester, Gartner, IDC, Lippis and Yankee Group research reports covering Big Data, blade servers, cloud computing, Hadoop, unified data centers and many other topics.  Be sure to click across the Computing, Network, Orchestration/Automation,  and Network Services tabs to find additional research:   Link: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/ns340/ns857/ns156/ns1094/analyst_reports.html
  • Hewlett-Packard – HP has invested primarily in networking-related analyst research including the latest studies and market frameworks from Forrester, Gartner, IDC and Infonetics Research.  Link: http://h17007.www1.hp.com/us/en/networking/ar/index.aspx#.Uhp-ERufg-J
  • Intel – Organized around the topic of designing a data center for the cloud, Intel is providing a series of research studies, reports, white papers and videos that provide insights into virtualization, networking, mobility and Intel-based servers running cloud architectures.  Link:  http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/cloud-computing/cloud-computing-analyst-reports.html
  • Microsoft – Balancing the need to support their enterprise applications today and create demand for cloud-based initiatives now and in the future, Microsoft’s series of analyst reports reflect their evolving business model.  Microsoft has licensed the latest research from Enterprise Strategy Group (ESDG), Forrester, Gartner, IDC, Ovum, Yankee Group and others listed on this site. Link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/itanalyst/
  • Oracle - The most comprehensive collection of industry analyst research online for any enterprise software vendor, Oracle has hundreds of research reports available for viewing under their reprint licenses for free, and also for download.  The reports are organized into corporate, infrastructure, systems, services, solutions, industries, enterprise applications and regions.     Link: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/analystreports/index.html
  • Progress Software – Extensive collection of research from Bloor, Forrester, Gartner, IDC, Tabb Group, Ovum and other research firms are available for download from this site. Link:  http://www.progress.com/en/inthenews/analyst-reports.html
  • SAS – The most extensive and well-organized online collection of analyst research on analytics and business intelligence (BI) available, SAS makes research available from fifteen analyst firms across six industries on this area of their website.  You can find the SAS Analyst Viewpoints section of their website here: http://www.sas.com/news/analysts/
  • Symantec – Provides downloadable analyst reports in the areas of risk and compliance, endpoint security and management, information and identity protection, messaging security, backup and archiving, storage and availability management, services and emerging trends.  ESG, Info-Tech Research Group, Forrester, Gartner and IDC reports are on this page for download. Link: http://www.symantec.com/about/industryanalysts/analystreports.jsp
  • Teradata – Extensive collection of industry analysis and research organized into the sections of Active Data Warehousing, Active Enterprise Intelligence, Enterprise Data Warehousing, Teradata Analytical Ecosystem and Teradata Integration Analytics.  The latest market frameworks from Gartner, Forrester, IDC and other research firms are available for download.  Link:   http://www.teradata.com/analyst-reports/

Evolving the Data Center to the Private Cloud

According to what Cisco is seeing in the market, the transition to private clouds starts with consolidation of systems and applications to reduce costs, followed by a targeted virtualization strategy.

Cisco sees this as a step to making their customers’ businesses more aligned to line-of-business strategies and goals.  The final step is automation, which is the transformation of IT into a foundation for business strategies and future growth.

The following Cisco presentation has several interesting insights into how they are working with their clients to transition from data centers to private clouds.  Results customers are achieving are provided throughout the slide deck, which provide a glimpse into the cost, time, and strategy savings from moving to private cloud architecture.

Cisco treads a fine line between showing a private cloud architecture that is entirely proprietary (like Oracle) and educating the market on how they see private clouds evolving.  They do this by showing how commitment their product strategies are to open integration standards and how critical they see aligning to business strategies first.  The net result is a useful 38-page presentation that is worth checking out, to see how they view the progression of data centers to private clouds occurring in the years to come.

Note: I’m not working for Cisco and they did not pay me to write this.

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Network Service Providers as Cloud Providers – New Report From Cisco on Cloud Computing Landscape

In August, 2010 Cisco completed a study that included interviews with 80 enterprise IT decision makers (CIOs, CTOs, and infrastructure VPs) from 43 enterprises and public-sector organizations across industries throughout the US, Europe and India.  In addition, Cisco completed one-one-one interviews with 20 subject-matter experts.

The primary focus of the study was on the adoption of the public cloud for enterprise applications.  The report  Network Service Providers as Cloud Providers Survey Shows Cloud Provision Is a Bright Option can be downloaded here.

Key Take-Aways:

Cisco forecasts that the global market for Cloud Computing Service Revenue will be $43.8B by 2013, with SaaS contributing $29.5B, or 6 7%. Workload migration will also be the greatest in that segment as well.  The study provides additional insight into the IaaS and PaaS key success factors and the implications network service providers. (Click on image to expand it for ease of reading).

The study found that in the Business Processing segment, the greatest near-term opportunity is in SaaS-based ERP, which according to this study is predicted to reach a 13% adoption rate by 2013. This is consistent with International Data Corporation estimates of SaaS-based ERP adoption in comparable time periods.  ERP’s growth on the SaaS platform continues to be constrained by lack of Master Data Management (MDM) functionality, lack of a pervasive mobile APIs on the several SaaS ERP systems launched, and concerns over security of costing. ordering, production, and quality management data. (Click on image to expand it for ease of reading).

Ada Lovelace Day and a short video from Padmasree Warrior of Cisco on Cloud Services

Celebrating women’s accomplishments and thought leadership in science and technology, Ada Lovelace Day needs to permeate the cultures of the world. Only when that happens will the coming generations of women have a chance to make the most of their potential in these areas.

Padmasree Warrior of Cisco is a case in point of why this day and the thought behind it are important, especially for young women who are gifted in math and science, seeking role models.

Hidden Brilliance That Needs To See the Light of Day

In the graduate courses I’ve taught the most surprising aspect of any class are the women of exceptional brilliance that tend to hide their intelligence in science and math, only to show exceptional command of complex concepts on tests. These women, many from Asian, Middle Eastern and Eastern European cultures, would never engage in a fiery debate over the ethics of the Internet censorship in China or the best approach to defining an ERP system for a given case study. Yet when they put pen to paper as part of our case studies their work is perfect. Flawless. Excellent. The ones who attended British schools in Hong Kong analyze and write at a level that is well beyond their peers. They have so much talent yet such a reluctance to make the most of it. These are the women who need to hear about Ada Lovelace.

Padmasree Warrior, Senior VP and CTO of Cisco Systems Speaking on Cloud Services

In the following video clip Padmasree Warrior explains the fundamentals of Cisco’s Unified Service Delivery, a key component of their foundation for Cloud Services. At 5 minutes it’s worth watching and listening to.

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