Segmenting The InterCloud Opportunity

We wrote about the InterCloud before, defining it as a globally interconnected data center grid offering elastic store and compute capabilities. The most prominent builders of the InterCloud today are Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Rackspace. They are all building general purpose global clouds with a focus on elasticity (see Figure below) and providing APIs for […] Read more »

How To Lead In The New Mobile Economy

METISfiles analyst Pim Bilderbeek was the keynote speaker at the Innovation Group’s Mobile Summit in Milan last week. His presentation focused on the mobile economy that has emerged as a key engine of economic transformation. The figure below provides a graphical representation of four major themes that were addressed. Mobile is a game changer for […] Read more »

Digital Ecosystems: To Lead, Protect Or Serve?

Despite the fact that it was published in 1993, James Moore’s definition of a business ecosystem is still perfectly valid in today’s digital society:  “An economic community supported by a foundation of interacting organizations and individuals–the organisms of the business world. This economic community produces goods and services of value to customers, who are themselves […] Read more »

The Future Of The Network Is Software Defined

Last week we attended the NetEvents EMEA Press and Analyst Summit. Part of the 2-day program was a debate session on Software Defined Networks (SDN) with panellists from Gartner, IDC, IBM, Dell, HP, Extreme Networks, Enterasys and yours truly. The debate centred on the question who is first to ride the SDN revolution, the Enterprise, […] Read more »

Predictive Contextual Collaboration

Contextual prediction is hot. I am not just saying that because I am in the prediction, forecasting and analysis business. I am talking, for instance, about the ability that businesses have to predict what we are going to buy, how much we are willing to pay, whether we can pay to begin with, whether we […] Read more »