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March 26, 2014


Mark Montgomery

Irving, you touched on this as I recall when we talked, regarding importance of services--or transforming traditional services.

I have never liked the cloud, but usually do like descriptions that appeal to the masses, even if necessary for most to grasp on to something they are familiar with. The primary benefit is one of control, or lack thereof, over the physical. By using distributed computing in pay for use model, lock-in is reduced whether for a particular vendor or even internal from a protections IT department or investment in data centers. Secondarily are plug and play standards managed by a third part who (to presumably a lessor degree) has fewer conflicts than internal departmental silos and conflicts or a vendor owned data center with proprietary standards.

The plug and play components, or in our case modular system design based on independent standards, above described by Zysman as abstractable and composable, has been an outcome many of us have been working on for decades. The question will be to what extent independent standards survive and evolve, compared to extension of lock-in to the cloud, new or hybrid forms. In the enterprise we see two trends that are encouraging--industry data standards finally maturing and increasingly adopted and enforced by regulated industries, and tech stacks with infrastructure that provide easy plug and play platforms with very healthy investment generally pointing towards healthy competition.

The really challenging part I think is what we've been working to overcome--successfully, which is how to provide a platform that is continuously adaptive, scalable to highest levels in near real time, benefit from low cost commoditized computing stacks, while also providing differentiation and a competitive advantage. This was no trivial task.

Bill Sorenson

Great article. As we've looked at production services, manufacturing, distribution, and customers that utilize large systems integrated with a production floor, the key to utilizing cloud services is actually limiting conversion and maximizing utilization of any companies existing systems.

By moving the current applications and systems to a private cloud environment, customers are able to take advantage of limiting capital investment, moving to a pay for what they use model, and removing the barrier to adoption. Move the systems as they are and users experiences go up, up-time goes up dramatically, issues drop off, and the organization gets the financial benefit.

Worth taking a look at now.

Bill Sorenson

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