Informatica Origami

Choosing an orange origami swan as your logo is an interesting signal, ripe with metaphors. Was Informatica unfairly labeled as an ugly duckling before? Is the company now folding in on itself? Does it take a lot of skill and dexterity to create something beautiful from a blank square of paper? Is this latest re-invention a swan song? Let's hope not, as there is actually quite a bit to like about the new directions.

Anil Chakravarthy, Informatica's CEO, has outlined the three iterations of the company. First, focused on ETL and ingestion. Second, expansion into MDM, archiving, and data quality. And today, re-launching as an "enterprise cloud data management" platform-as-a-service (PaaS) vendor, which is again functional, if not sexy.

Topics: Informatica Data Management platform-as-a-service enterprise cloud data management

2017 Predictions for Systems Management, PaaS, and DevOps (Video)

As is the tradition at ESG, I have made this video with my predictions for 2017 in the three main areas I cover, Systems Management, PaaS, and DevOps. For each area, I cover what I think will be one of the biggest areas of discussion in 2017 and what I think will be the end result.

For Systems Management, I cover the need to define what hybrid cloud really is and what impact it will have on the systems management vendors in the space right now.

For PaaS, I cover the state of the on-premises PaaS market, what happened in 2016, and what I think will happen in 2017.

For DevOps, I go over the keys for adopting DevOps in enterprises for 2017 and the challenges companies will face in DevOps adoption.

Topics: PaaS platform-as-a-service DevOps Systems Management 2017 predictions

Platform-as-a-service: 12 Questions Separating Market Leaders from Laggards

The platform-as-a-service (PaaS) market got its start back in 2007 and it has taken 7 years for the last of the leading ISVs to deliver a product. Seven years is a long time. Apple launched the original iPhone back in 2007. It’s been said that until the iPhone, the only thing smart about a smartphone was you had to be smart in order to use one. Given the accelerating rate of change in the application development and deployment market, 7 years is almost an eternity.

Now that all of the leading ISVs are PaaS-enabled, it's the perfect time to take a critical look at how the vendors and their products are performing. A number of obvious issues come to mind immediately.

Topics: PaaS platform-as-a-service

EMC Hybrid Cloud Bridges Private and Public Clouds

Businesses of every size are evaluating or integrating with some kind of cloud computing model. But how they get there and who they turn to remains a challenge. At an IT industry level, it also is fascinating to observe which IT vendor's cloud strategy will be successful and how IT professionals leverage trusted relationships they have built with IT vendors. Businesses also see the value in hybrid cloud and want IT to capture the control, management, and orchestration across both on-prem and off-prem consumption models as they broker traditional and new IT services to the business.

Topics: Microsoft EMC public cloud private cloud Amazon Web Services Infrastructure-as-a-Service VMware vCloud Air platform-as-a-service