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Leaders Discussing Market (R)evolution | Gaining Altitude in the Cloud

I attended Mahindra Satyam’s customer conference last week, and after a very difficult couple of years, the company seems to be getting its act together. Most impressive was the group of interesting, forward-thinking people it attracted to fill out its program, which was centered on the emerging “Generation C” and the implications it may have for the enterprise. The thought leaders included:

  • CEOs from leading provider and user companies such as Akamai, Pega Systems, and VCE
  • CIOs and other IT leaders from Abercrombie & Fitch, Apple, Applied Materials, BlueCross Blue Shield, Chevron, Citrix, EMC, Nissan, and OC Tanner
  • A variety of professors from the local tech school, doing what is arguably the deepest thinking globally about some of the most promising innovations of the next decade
  • Leading industry advisors, who helped facilitate discussions on key trends and market changes

I had the pleasure of moderating a lively panel discussion on cloud computing infrastructure opportunities and challenges with Michael Capellas (Chairman and CEO of VCE), Sanjay Mirchandani (CIO of EMC), Michael McKiernan (Head of Global Applications Delivery for Citrix), and George Fischer (EVP of Global Sales and Operations for CA). The vision outlined by these panelists clearly articulated that it is not a question of “if” enterprises will move as much as possible of their infrastructure to cloud architectures, but rather a question of how fast once they recognize it is the only way they will be able to meet the demands of their business users.

The questions they raised related mostly to finding creative solutions to deal with the legacy “sludge” that consumes a disproportionate amount of resources while seldom really advancing the enterprise’s growth aspirations. And they flirted with the audience about what the technology and service provider of the future might entail – think “real time,” “predictive vs. reactive,” and core “ecosystem member” rather than vendor – but stopped short of predicting how the leaderboard for the IT products and services marketplace might change over the next decade.

Who do you think will rise to the top (or stay there) as this market rapidly evolves?

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