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SAP On How SaaS Can Tame the ERP Beast for Small Business

So when the following video came out with its relaxed, casual narration voice, devoid of vendor-speak and the torrent of acronyms the majority of ERP marketing videos have, many took notice. With over 6,400 views on YouTube as of today (July 30th) the message is resonating. The self-deprecating humor about ERP systems is hilarious.

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Making the Connection Between Enterprise 2.0 and Cloud Computing

Last week at the OSCON Cloud Summit, industry thought leader, internationally recognized business strategist and enterprise architect Dion Hinchcliffe delivered the following presentation on how cloud computing technologies are strengthening Enterprise 2.0-based initiatives. This presentation excels at defining how Service Oriented Architectures, cloud computing and Enterprise 2.0 are connected to each other.

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IDC Predicts SaaS Will Re-Order Software Landscape by 2012

Bottom line: The economics of enterprise software are about to go through a major shift, forcing software vendors to be more focused on how to deliver value at the business strategy level than ever before.

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Demystifying Cloud Computing at OSCON: Great Insights from Simon Wardley

In this 30-minute speech Mr. Wardley demystifies cloud computing and provides insights into the essence of what innovation really is.

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Webinar on Cloud Computing Realities Delivers Useful Insights

The following presentation includes an overview of cloud computing adoption trends from Forrester Research, followed by presentations by the Chief Technology Officers of Savvis and Gomez. Taken together, all three presentations shown below provide a realistic assessment of cloud computing adoption and performance.

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Sizing the Cloud Computing Market

The pace of cloud computing market forecasts produced and announced is quickening, with several new projections announced this month. In every one of these forecasts, the benefits of operating expense (OPEX) versus capital expense (CAPEX) financing play a role, as does the emerging trust in cloud computing as a viable platform.

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Punching Through the Hype of Cloud Computing: Interesting Results of KPMG Netherlands’ 2010 Cloud Computing Landscape Survey

Bottom line: Understanding how cloud computing makes business strategies more effective, focused, and results-driven is the missing link. Vendors need to step up and deliver real data, not just stacks of diagrams and theoretical discussion if they are ever going to earn trust.

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Marc Andreessen on Cloud Computing Start-ups

On May 12, Marc Andreessen presented on the topic A Panorama of Venture Capital and Beyond (61 min). During that discussion, he made several points about how entrepreneurs who seek out his venture fund, Andreessen Horowitz, rely heavily on Cloud Computing to alleviate infrastructure and hardware start-up costs. He mentions that 96% of firms seeking funding are running on Amazon Web Services and just a few on RackSpace. He also mentions that few are running Google AppsEngine or Microsoft Azure now.

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The Cloud Computing Mind Map

It’s an excellent overview of how vendors delivering Cloud operating systems, storage, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Configuration Management are organized. The overview of Cloud Computing benefits, barriers and characteristics is also excellent, as is the project-based definitions, Cloud stack, types of clouds and deployment models.

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Assessing the Cloud Computing Landscape: Insights from the MIT Enterprise Forum

Bottom line: The following video provides a topical, informative and useful update on the cloud computing landscape; it’s worth the 30 minutes to listen to and consider how rapid the development platforms are maturing.

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