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I published a link to my post "Choosing a SOA Consultant" in Ulitzer. Ulitzer is a "new media" site. The site provides a portal like page for every author. You can look at my page as an example. Each article's page includes related articles. For example "Choosing a SOA Consultant" page includes the article Anatomy of a Cloud Consultant - What Defines A "Cloud Expert?, written by Reuven Cohen, a leading Cloud Computing expert. The interesting article demonstrates deep understanding of Cloud Computing and I do agree with most of the ideas expressed in it. However, I have different opinion on some issues as described in the following paragraph. "You are only as good as your last job" In my opinion you are as good as your experience and capabilities and not as your last job. A consultant is not a CXO (CEO, CTO etc.) who makes the decisions and is also responsible for... (more)

IBM z-Enterprise First Take: Data Center in a Box or Cloud Computing

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 I started my career in the seventies, working as a programmer for a Governmental Service Bureau providing service to most of the public sector organizations in my country. We used IBM 360 Mainframes with MVTOperating System. The V did not stand for Virtual (There was no Virtual Storage support), but stood for Variable, because it was an Operating System capable of managing Variable length partitions. MVT predecessor was SVS (Single Virtual Storage) followed by MVS (Multiple Virtual Storages). MVS is the basis for current Mai... (more)

Will Microsoft Survive Until 2021?

Three years ago I published a post titled: Will Microsoft Survive Until 2018?. During the past three years a lot was changed, so the probability that it will not survive is higher than it was three years ago, although it still is a low probability. The following bullets highlight some of the issues facing Microsoft: Microsoft is not a leader in the growing Cloud Computing market. Its position in the growing Smartphones and the Tablet computers markets is far from being good. The Skype acquisition is at least questionable. For more details read Microsoft's Skype acquisition: Warn... (more)

Cloud Computing and the Security Paradox

On September, 14th  I participated in a local IBM conference titled: Smarter Solutions for a Smarter Business. One of the most interesting and practical presentations was Moises Navarro's presentation on Cloud Computing. He quoted an IBM survey about suitable and unsuitable workload types for implementation in the Cloud. The ten leading suitable workloads included many Infrastructure services and Desktop Services. The unsuitable workloads list included ERP as well as other Core Applications as I would expect (for example, read my previous post SaaS is Going Mainstream). However, ... (more)

Why IBM Is Going to Acquire Unica

Unlike the other three leading Eco Systems vendors Microsoft, Oracleand SAP, IBM is not a player in the applications market. Its absence from this market is based on strategy which does not include ERP,CRM and other applications as one of its target markets. So why is IBM going to acquire a small CRM vendor named Unica? In order to answer this question I am going to describe the first time the name Unica was mentioned to me. It was a strategic CRM consulting project I was participating in. The large customer was using Siebel. I joined a CRM expert with vast knowledge and experie... (more)