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,, 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 […]

Empire Building: The Impact of IBM’s Acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies | Gaining Altitude in the Cloud

The cloud services space just got a lot more interesting. Announced earlier this month, IBM paid a hefty price — $2 billion — to buy Dallas, Texas-based SoftLayer Technologies, the world’s largest privately held cloud computing infrastructure provider. IBM is now well on the way to delivering on the goal stated in its 2012 annual […]

Today’s Global In-House Centers (GIC) are Exceeding Expectations, and Impacting Enterprises’ Use of Third-Party Outsourcing | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

While the upsides and downsides of outsourcing and offshoring as sourcing models tend to grab the lion’s share of press coverage, global in-house centers (GIC), formerly called captive centers, have made quieter, yet significant, advances. Indeed, parent companies’ rankings of their GICs’ savings and service level performance were considerably higher in Everest Group’s 2012 GIC […]

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