Cloud Computing

What the next iPad will look like

I have been playing with my new MacBook Air 11” for a few hours now. I love every part of it, and there is not much I would like to change. Maybe shrinking the screen’s bezel and making it a 12” laptop without changing its outer dimensions. Or adding an SC Card port. And what about powering it with the A4 CPU so that it could use a diminutive 5V power adapter? All cosmetic changes of course. But there is a more radical change I would like to see in the future. In fact, it is so radical that it would create a brand new form factor altogether. To do so, one would have to really fuse an iPad with the new MacBook Air. Here is how it could be done. [Read More…]

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Staying Connected While Traveling

As my TripIt page can attest, I travel for business quite a bit. On average, I’m on the road more than 150 days a year, with monthly trips to Tokyo, and quarterly trips to Singapore and Europe. And being Intalio’s front-line sales representative, I am called to make product demonstrations to customers on a regular basis. Unfortunately, most of our customers and prospects are (very) large organizations, which tend to be fairly sensitive when it comes to the security of their private networks. As a result, public Internet access from any of their meeting rooms is usually unavailable. And because Intalio is all about Cloud Computing, it creates some interesting challenges. Since we launched our Private Cloud product a year ago, I have been experimenting with different ways of staying connected while traveling around the World. Here is what I learned along the way. [Continue…]

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Love Respect

New iPhone released
It is a massive success
Yet many complain
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New Intalio Website

Intalio just released its new website. Check it out!

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Ultimate Mobile Setup

If you find yourself on the road as often as I do (every other week) and most of your traveling is done abroad (Japan, Korea, Philippines last week), you will want to optimize your mobile setup for portability, connectivity, and affordability. I tried quite a few combinations of countless devices, and I learned a few things along the way. Here is the setup that I am quickly converging toward. [Continue…]

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VAIO X + iPad > MacBook Air

As a frequent traveler (300,000 miles last year), I am always looking for ways to shave some pounds off the gear I am carrying, without sacrificing convenience or performance. That’s the reason why I recently switched from a MacBook Pro 13” (4.5 pounds) to a MacBook Air (3.0 pounds). But with the iPad (1.5 pounds) around the corner, I am starting to reconsider my options. Granted, the iPad cannot replace a laptop, but what about pairing it with a super lightweight netbook like the Sony VAIO X (1.6 pounds)? At just 3.1 pounds, the combination would only be 0.1 pounds heavier than a MacBook Air, would roughly cost the same amount of money, and would give me a lot more bang for the bucks. Let’s take a closer look… [Continue…]

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The Tablet I Want

Apple is set to release its much anticipated tablet in half an hour. While I am waiting for it like everybody else, here are my thoughts for what this device should be. A couple of years ago, I described its form in much details. Today, I am much more interested by its function. In a nutshell, I want this tablet to give me access to any media ever created, anytime, anywhere. I want access to every movie ever shot, every music ever recorded, every book ever published, every article ever written. I want it now, in bright colors, animated, in stereo, and eventually in 3D. I want it at home and on the go. I want it in my pocket with a small screen (iPhone), in my jacket with a midsize display, and in my briefcase with as big a screen as I can carry.

Yesterday, on my way from Incheon to Seoul, the cab driver was listening to Queen’s I want it all. Here is what Freddie Mercury could have said about Apple’s Tablet: “I want it all, I want it all, I want it all, and I want it now.”

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What I Love About Intalio|Cloud, Part 2

Today, let’s start with the beginning: Intalio|Cloud’s home page. As with any web-based application, the home page is where most users spend the majority of their time, therefore making it user friendly is absolutely critical. While I learned over the years how to customize’s home page, I always found its customization tools difficult to use. I also found myself wishing that it made more extensive use of AJAX technologies in order to improve the overall user experience. Fortunately, Intalio|Cloud goes a long way toward fulfilling those wishes. [Continue…]

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What I Love About Intalio|Cloud, Part 1

With this post, I am starting a new series of articles on Intalio|Cloud, focusing on practical use cases. As I am in the process of migrating my personal instance to Intalio|CRM (powered by Intalio|Cloud), I am discovering lots of features that I did not know about. Along the way, I am literally falling in love with this platform. Today, we’ll take a closer look at Intalio|Mashup. [Continue…]

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Defining Cloud Computing for Business Users

Like any new IT trend, Cloud Computing gets its fair share of hype, and with it comes a multitude of vendors that use the terms in ways it was never intended for, therefore making it devoid of any sense. When pushed to the extreme, a simple server connected to a network seems to qualify as a cloud, thereby allowing pundits such as Larry Ellison to deride the concept to no end. Yet Cloud Computing is much more than a passing fad. It is a major step forward in the development of distributed computing, and one that will reshape the IT industry for years to come. But for it to happen, we must agree on a clear definition of the concept, and the less technical it is, the better. Let us introduce one that focuses exclusively on the business benefits of cloud computing. [Continue…]

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I think there is a world market for maybe five clouds

In 1943, Thomas J. Watson, then President of International Business Machines (IBM), allegedly said “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” Today, industry pundits make similar flawed predictions, claiming that all the market needs is maybe five clouds: Amazon Web Services,, Google AppEngine, Microsoft Azure, and whatever IBM comes up with. However you define Cloud Computing, this revolutionary step in the 50 year-long evolution of distributed computing (kudos to Daryl Plummer) goes far beyond the few public clouds available today. And while simple principles of economy of scales will most likely limit the number of general purpose public clouds, most of the action will take place on private and virtual private clouds, served from private and virtual private networks. [Continue…]

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Meet Me There

If you want to learn more about Intalio’s private cloud offering, meet me there:

  • Oct 26-27: Singapore, SG
  • Oct 28-30: Tokyo, JP
  • Nov 6: Seoul, KR
  • Nov 17-19: Portland, OR
  • Nov 22-24: Montreux, CH
  • Nov 25: Paris, FR
  • Nov 26: Frankfurt, DE
  • Dec 7-8: Singapore, SG
  • Dec 9-11: Tokyo, JP
  • Dec 14: Frankfurt, DE
  • Dec 15: London, UK
  • Dec 16: Paris, FR
  • Dec 17: Geneva, CH
  • Dec 18: Frankfurt, DE

Additional stops in the U.S. might be added soon.

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Elastic Cloud? Not so Fast…

Earlier this week, I attended a very interesting CEO roundtable organized by VMware. Around 40 VMware customers and partners (including Intalio) sat down with Paul Maritz (VMware’s CEO) for an hour of discussions about virtualization and cloud computing. Listening to customers, I developed a better understanding of the challenges lying ahead for Private Cloud Computing, and the critical role to be played by Open Source software in this radical transformation of the IT landscape. [Continue…]

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Looking for Data on Corporate IT

Intalio recently sold Intalio|Cloud (the Managed On-Premises version) to two major customers in Japan, and we’re expecting a first deal in Singapore sometime in Q4 this year. We’re now working on our go-to-market strategy for the U.S. and EMEA, and are developing various marketing materials to support it, using this presentation as baseline. As part of this effort, we need some third-party validated data on corporate IT. Some of it might be found in analyst reports, some in white papers published by vendors, and some could be derived from verifiable anecdotal evidence. Wherever it comes from, we’re looking for it and have decided to crowd-source its gathering. [Continue…]

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Micro Global Business

As we’re further developing the concept for the Monolab|Incubator, we’re starting to realize that our target market is not exactly the one we had in mind initially. While early stage companies remain our customers, we’re slowly expanding our focus from the solo entrepreneur to the already-formed start-up company. And for the later, we’re focusing on what we call Micro Global Businesses (MGB). [Continue…]

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Idea Exchange Rocks

A couple of weeks ago, I explained how Intalio is outsourcing its product management function to customers using a process we call Demand Driven Development. Following the release of this article, I have been exposed to the Idea Exchange, and must say that I am very impressed by the quality of the implementation that developed for an idea quite similar to ours. [Continue…]

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First Koral, then ThinkFree and EchoSign

Three months ago, I wrote about Koral, one of the best online document management systems currently available. Today, will announce that they acquired the company, and are using its technology to build Apex Content and ContentExchange. This acquisition marks’s entry into the ECM market, but I hope Marc and his team won’t stop there. [Continue…]

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SAP Should Get Serious about SaaS

The market for enterprise applications is not growing much anymore. Faced with this challenge, large enterprise software vendors have only two options: grow through acquisitions, or go after the SMB market, which has been traditionally underserved. This transition is particularly obvious for a couple of vendors — Oracle and SAP. On the M&A front, nobody could execute better than Larry Ellison and his team today, therefore I contend that SAP’s future lies in the SMB market. But SMBs do not like to buy software, mainly because they do not have access to the IT resources that are necessary to deploy and maintain it. Instead, they would rather buy it as a service, as’s demonstrated so well. This is why SAP should really get serious about the Software as a Service model. [Continue…]

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Office 2.0 Startups Should Join the AppExchange

For a consumer-oriented Web 2.0 startup, eyeballs might be all it takes to get funded. But for an Office 2.0 upstart, paying customers are required to get investors even remotely interested in your venture. This creates an interesting challenge for entrepreneurs: where to find prospects willing to try new products, without having to spend any money on marketing? Part of the answer might be provided by our friends at, in the form of the AppExchange. [Continue…]

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AppSpace Looks Great but Too Expensive

Yesterday, launched its Spring ‘07 edition, and announced AppSpace, a platform allowing the development of customer-facing web based applications powered by the application and the Apex language. AppSpace is currently scheduled to be available in April as a limited release, and looks very promising. Unfortunately, its current pricing will put it out of range for a broad category of existing or potential customers. [Continue…]

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