January, 2012


Welcome to the January Cirrostratus Group Newsletter. In this issue I've highlighted "Big Data" and the cloud along with the topic of ISVs converting to SaaS and Cloud services.


Please contact me if I can be of assistance to you or your organization. I would be very interested in hearing about your plans for the Cloud.


Happy New Year!!

Paul Ressler
The Cirrostratus Group



 Speaking at SaaS University in Austin, TX

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I will be speaking at SaaS University in Austin, TX on February 28 & 29. There are a variety of SaaS topics at this conference and I will be talking about DEVOPS and its use by SaaS companies.


DEVOPS is an emerging set of practices and tools for streamlining communication and collaboration between software development and operations.  Since regular and high quality software releases and deployment are a key part of the SaaS business model this is an area of business practice that is applicable to both new and existing SaaS businesses.


If you are interested in attending SaaS University you can sign up at this link. If you use the coupon code CIRROSTRATUSSAVE100 you will save $100 on the conference fee.

The Cloud, "Big Data", and Massachusetts


The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MASSTLC) has recently published a report on Massachusetts Big Data and Analytics. Particularly for those of you in Massachusetts, it is worth reading and can be downloaded here. My recent blog posting on the MassTLC document gives my view that although the case is overstated, it outlines both the opportunities in "Big Data" and the strong technology business infrastructure in Massachusetts. A missing piece in the report is that it largely ignores the importance of cloud technology in both creating the opportunity and providing the ability to capitalize on the opportunity.

Incumbent Software Companies May Fail in the Cloud

This past week, David Linthicum, a well known cloud architect and writer gave his views in Infoworld on ways that incumbent independent software vendors (ISVs) may fail moving to the cloud. His points were directed at large incumbent ISVs but they apply equally as well to any sized incumbent ISVs. Unfortunately the market does not allow ISVs to just continue with business as usual. The best path forward is to understand areas of potential problems and work to avoid the pitfalls. You can view my resources to help with a successful migration to SaaS and cloud services including SaaS go to market checklist, SaaS customer support checklist, the "Seven Pitfalls" article, and various blog postings on the topic.


Contact Paul Ressler at the The Cirrostratus Group

In This Issue
Speaking at SaaS University
The Cloud, "Big Data", and Massachusetts
Success or Failure in the Cloud
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