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I am not happy to Revisit a Vendor Survival post saying that my prediction that a vendor will not survive was correct (for example, SUN). If a vendor is not a monopoly, I am not happy to find that the probability that it will survive is lower than it was (Apple, HP etc.). Even if it is a monopoly in specific markets and not a monopoly in others, I am not happy to find that its Survival probability is lower than it was (Microsoft).  The reason that I am not happy is that competition is good for my customers: They can buy better products and pay less. This post is out of the ordinary. The probability that Software AG will Survive is now higher than it was when I wrote the post: Will Software AG Survive until 2019?     Software AG's Business Lines In my previous Vendors Survival post on Software AG, I analyzed its two major Business Lines: 1. Mainframe DataBase, Development ... (more)

Customers Typology: The Captive who Knows Everything

One of the posts in the Customers Typology series was titled: Customers Typology: The Captive. I described The Captive as: "The Captive Customer's opinion is that someone else is the Oracle. He will do whatever the Oracle will say". Frequently the Oracle is a Software and/or Hardware vendor. Another post was titled: Customers Typology: The Customer who Knows Everything. I described customer of that type as: "This Customer type is sure that he knows more than anyone else. He is also sure that his understanding is better than any body's understanding". Would you imagine that there is... (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)

Choosing a SOA consultant

he first question to ask is do you really need a SOA Consultant? In most cases the answer is yes. The consultant has vast knowledge and experience and deeper understanding. An Aberdeen Group survey finding supports the conclusion above. Consultants participate in Best in Class (BIC) enterprises SOA initiatives more than in average enterprises... http://avirosenthal.blogspot.com/2010/01/choosing-soa-consultant.html ... (more)

The Next Generation of Private Clouds

The Public Cloud is a promise. A promise for a new model without an Information Technology department.  Unlike the Public Cloud, the Private Cloud is nothing to write home about. Utility Computing disguised in modern and attractive name.  Reality is not as simple as described in the paragraphs above.  If you read the article Tectonic shift as Public Cloud giants acknowledge the private deployment options, you will discover that even Amazon and Google admit that Public Cloud is not a magical solution for all problems. There is a necessity for Private Clouds. There are systems for which ... (more)