The Curveball Impact on IT Spend Decisions | Gaining Altitude in the Cloud

There is an interesting new twist these days on how organizations initiate, fund, and make IT spend decisions. It’s sparked by two major trends: Nicholas Carr’s 2003 Harvard Business Review article claiming that “IT doesn’t matter” and the consumerization of IT. As a result, some organizations no longer view their CIOs as responsible for generating […]

System Integrators Join the Party in the Cloud | Gaining Altitude in the Cloud

Many folks, even those who follow the technology services industry closely, attribute the cloud computing ecosystem to the public/cloud hosting service providers and SaaS/platform providers. While these two categories of service providers indeed form the backbone of the cloud universe, others also play pivotal roles in enabling cloud services. The following image illustrates the service […]

Awarding Enterprise Adoption of Cloud Computing | Gaining Altitude in the Cloud

Originally posted on CloudAve One of the longest-running criticisms of enterprise cloud computing is the dearth of publicly referenceable implementation case studies. Thankfully, this is starting to change. Indicators such as speaking at industry events and talking to reporters about what works and what doesn’t in cloud migration suggest that enterprises are starting to open […]

Love Thy Enemy to Float in the Cloud | Gaining Altitude in the Cloud

Many nations celebrate Friendship Day on the first Sunday in August, with citizens spending time together, exchanging gifts, cards, and wristbands to proclaim their friendship to each other. And when Oracle, an organization that trashed cloud earlier, partners with bête noire Microsoft, Salesforce.com, and NetSuite, and when Microsoft extends olive branch to its rival Engine […]

The Changing Pecking Order and Emerging Irrelevance of the WITCH Group Term | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

As most in the global services industry know, the acronym WITCH stemmed from the fact that the large, India-based, offshore-centric service providers – Wipro, Infosys, TCS, Cognizant, and HCL Technologies – had quite similar delivery models, sales strategies, risk appetite, and growth trajectories, which essentially placed them in a single bucket. However, Everest Group’s recently […]

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