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Growing up in the intelligence era

IT is shifting from the SaaS workflow applications that characterized the cloud computing era to those that help customers make decisions: the intelligence era. The source of competitive advantage is shifting from code to unique data + self-learning code. This brings a change in the expectations of investors. Here we review the requirements of enterprise software investors in the intelligence era. Read More

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Is it time to invest in IoT?

I published my first book, The End of Software, in 2004. At the time, I was president of Oracle On Demand, which served as a starting point for Oracle’s billion-dollar cloud business. In the book I discussed the fundamental economic reasons software should be delivered as a service. It’s 12 years later. Some have said that enterprise software is a mature business; CEM, ERP, HR… Read More

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Rackspace launches integrated software and hardware OpenStack solution for any data center

Rackspace was one of the founders of the OpenStack cloud computing platform project (together with NASA) and the company has long offered enterprises the option to manage their private OpenStack deployments for them. For the most part, that meant those companies had to build their own hardware and infrastructure, though — and incur the up-front cost of doing so. Starting today,… Read More

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OpenStack’s Mitaka release focuses on manageability and user experience

The OpenStack Foundation today launched Mitaka, the thirteenth release of its open source enterprise cloud platform. In many ways, this new release shows the growing maturity of the project, which was originally incubated in 2010 by Rackspace and NASA. Instead of lots of major feature additions (though there are still plenty of those), the focus for this release was on making the platform… Read More

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DreamHost’s OpenStack-powered EC2 rival comes out of beta

DreamHost is best known as a web hosting service, but the company has also long been a major contributor to the open source OpenStack platform for enterprises. For the last few years, it’s also been running its own OpenStack-based cloud computing service DreamCompute in beta. Today, DreamCompute is coming out of beta and announcing a new pricing model that’s a mix of… Read More

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