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Trash talk and FUD harms the Cloud industry

Over here we are anticipating this year's Cloud Computing World Forum in London, but over in the US Larry Ellison, Oracle's founder and CEO since 1977, has pivoted his position on the Cloud along with "crossing a line" to trash key competitors.  Elsewhere old guard software giants like IBM are mis-communicating the Cloud messages.  How does this help the the industry, the typical buyer in an SME, or the average CIO in a larger enterprise?  Actually this noise generated by the old guard of IT is significant in positioning the current status of the Cloud landscape, but what we really need is some clarity of vision on the Cloud topic from the big players rather than messaging crafted at protection of their existing customer base and revenue streams.

Last Wednesday Larry announced what the Oracle press release claimed as "the "industry’s broadest and most advanced Cloud strategy", although on the day he actually said, "we are now announcing the most comprehensive Cloud on the planet Earth".  This is an interesting turn around considering Larry has regularly lambasted the Cloud term.  Take a look at this interview some of you may remember from ...
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Don't Panic! - it's the era of the Big C

The last week or so has confirmed my belief in, to quote Douglas Adams' great character Dirk Gently"the fundamental interconnectedness of all things".  Don't panic!  Let me explain a series of events that all tie together with connections and communication and a lot of other Cs that say something about the amazing period of history and business environment we are living in.  

We've just started working on a new website and community project for Anne Marie McEwan's "The Smart Work Company".  I've been a huge fan of Anne Marie's approach since we first met at Tuttle and then participated in one of the sessions at the inaugural November 2008 Amplified event at NESTA.  It was "#22 From conscripts to followers - new forms of leadership and organization" triggered by these posts from Euan Semple and I about the effect of social media tools on the traditional business hierarchy, decision making and culture.  That passionate discussion falls in to the heart of what Anne Marie's company is all about - challenging the status quo, breaking down silos and finding new ways to work.  It's a joy to be working on the design and messaging of a site ...