I’ve been watching and commentating upon the cloud space for a number of years now and it excites me to see just how much velocity in terms of both mindshare and innovation cloud computing is gaining. We’re at this sweet spot in the lifecycle when products are being brought to market rapidly, an entire userbase is wondering how cloud applies to them and a bunch of super-smart people are thinking about where this will all lead.
Considering all of this, it’s not surprising that I was excited to hear about a competition being run by the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) that aims to find the coolest examples of organizations with “big ideas” about moving to the Cloud. I was even more excited to be asked to be a judge of the competition. I’m joined in judging the competition by;
One of my reasons for being excited about competitions like this is the fact that I firmly believe that the open sharing of ideas is the best way to “prime the pump” for innovation. By rapid ideation across disparate organizations and geographies we up the velocity of innovation significantly – that’s great for the industry, great for those who are excited by technology but, most importantly, great for end users who get to enjoy awesome solutions and technologies faster than they would otherwise. It’s a great way to take some of the inefficiencies out of the system of closed innovation creation.
The competition is really broad – we’re looking for entries for the following criteria;
  • Secure Cloud On Boarding of Enterprise Applications
  • Application Resiliency in the Cloud
  • Identity Management in the New Hybrid Cloud World
  • Interoperability of Applications and Workloads Across Many Clouds and Platforms

Entries can be innovations that are in planing, development or ones that have already been implemented “out in the wild”. I’m looking forward to reading the entries and seeing what the future holds!

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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