Software industry looking to ride the government gravy train
Top brass from 13 leading software companies held a policy summit in Washington this week to "discuss cloud computing opportunities," also known as "exploring ways in which the government can pay us more money." Microsoft, IBM, McAfee, CA and others schmoozed with federal CIO Vivek Kundra, White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt, NIST director Patrick Gallagher and Senators Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine).
The senators are presumed to have smiled and nodded whenever anyone said anything more technical than "BlackBerry." Notable successes of the CTO Forum included a blog and a "decision guide" on how to "move federal agencies into the cloud."
SMBs bearish on cloud, hosted solutions, says new survey Research firm Spiceworks has released the results of a new survey that says small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have been sluggish to adopt cloud services, thanks to worries about the economy.
"Virtualization was high on the list of planned spending, but newer technologies such as cloud computing didn't make the cut," the survey said, " and a shift emerged away from hosted solutions and toward in-sourced IT for antivirus/antispam and the like."
48% of respondents planned on buying IT services in 2010, down from 56% last year. Those services are largely in things like hosted email, which 38% percent planned on adopting (a 15% bump from last year).
However, just 14% of SMBs use cloud computing solutions, and only 10% planned to adopt in the next six months. Respondents cited "unproven technology" as the biggest fear. The vast majority of those polled (76%) spend less than $50,000 per year on their IT budgets.
Salesforce.com updates Chatter, Benioff bites Oracle
Marc Benioff said Salesforce.com's new business-oriented social media tool Chatter was the best thing since floating soap, and it's already in version 2. The latest release features even more Twitter-like action to get your corporate communication really squeaky, deep-down clean! Wait, that's actually soap. Never mind.
Also, Benioff has warned people to beware of False Cloud, curiously coming just before his big talk at Oracle OpenWorld 2010. Benioff defines "False Cloud" as anything online that he's not selling, and he's especially down on private cloud or enterprises doing it themselves. And Oracle has just pitched its own cloud infrastructure set up in the new Exalogic product…awkward.