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Data reminds solution providers to think 'private' when developing cloud solutions

I’ve had my head in cloud business practices on the brain lately, because of a project that I’m in the process of finishing up this week. If you’re in the process of evaluating your own options, you should definitely check out some new data Forrester Research in the form of a report called “Hosting Service Providers — Cloud Partners or Competitors?”

If you can get past the title, what this particular analysis REALLY will tell you is how much you should be thinking about shaping your cloud solutions and services around public infrastructure options (ala Amazon, Google, and Microsoft) versus working with the private cloud infrastructure options being developed by these and other major service providers. Or, if you are really ambitious, based on private cloud infrastructure that you build out yourself.

Here are some of the numbers that you need to pay attention to:

  • Among companies that have adopted software as a service (SaaS), 36 percent are using it in some sort of of privately hosted form. What’s more, 25 percent plan future SaaS deployments that managed via a private hosting environment. How does this compare with those using public services: right now, about 40 percent of the businesses using SaaS are using the public form.
  • When it comes to infrastructure as a service (IaaS), the argument for thinking private is equally compelling. Here, too, 36 percent of the companies that have adopted IaaS have adopted some private version, rather than a public service.

I should mention that this data is pulled out of the Forrester Forrsights Software Survey from the fourth quarter of 2010. The survey base is 2,124 North American and European software decision makers.

The extent to which your organization can address the private versus public debate is an important consideration, therefore, as you build out your own cloud solutions. Of course, this conversation is probably all the more relevant given the very public Amazon outage of the past week.

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Are you looking forward to Office 15? Why or why not?
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Yes, because of the touch interface and better integration with Windows 8.
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I'm interested in the metro ui and touch features
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Still using 2003
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looking forward to how it integrates with Windows 8
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Enjoy the new features and enjoy learning about what it can do. Makes life difficult at time but once the bumps in the road are cleared up it’s a nice change
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Most of our users still use Office 2003/2007; very few opted to upgrade to 2010. Since Office 2012/2013 will be radically different, I doubt most of our older workforce will want to relearn the applications they’re comfortable with.
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I am always eager to see what Microsoft is considering for "the future"
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Office releases always seem to have some new feature that becomes indispensible before you know it. That said, I am not looking forward to another steep learning curve for the end users I support.
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Not looking forward to using it myself, but as an IT company we stand to make some money out of selling a new package, giving support and training.
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Yes, its good to see new things and new features
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No - too much change, too fast.
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No, do not need more functionality and complexity. Simple is better and we have all the features already needed in Office.
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I like new toys. But I am not looking forward to recertifying.
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Not needed Office 2010 is more than capable. Simply prep it for a tablet and it will sell like crazy.
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Just getting used to Office 2010 – with lots of gripes there, too
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My company doesn't have complex office suite needs. We are moving to the cloud for all applications and back to a terminal to server in the cloud format. Microsoft's millions of features doesn't interest us. There are many substitutes for Office today, even cloud based. We would like to get rid of Microsoft cmpletely. We are about half way there. Plus we are philosophically at war with Microsoft's Nasty Broadcasting Company--MSNBC. We encourage everyone to boycott Microsoft for their outrageous tv channel.
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I am excited about SharePoint 15 and the new Metro UI and how it Looks like.
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I would like to see the features with the tablet and cloud storage
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Our company has not even migrated off of Windows XP due to internal applications let alone all of the applications that are dependent on the Office Suite
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New and Improved?
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I like learning new software, it is usually better then previous versions.
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Because SharePoint is a great platform
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Still converting to Office 2010 and am not using all the new features yet. No budget to continue to upgrade to keep the Microsoft Accountants happy
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Its just another ruse by Microsoft to cause compatibility issues that are solved by buying stuff we don't need from Gates & Co
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Have experienced other version and eagerly looking for this new one
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i want to find new futures and options for more functions.. to get more easy office owrk
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still using office 97 in places
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Office 2010 looks a bit stale now!
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I'm an Access developer, and I definitely want to see what's coming in terms of future app development. "say goodbye to Visual Basic"? really? for Access work they'd damned well better not do that - nothing I've seen to date comes anywhere close to the richness of VBA for app development and integration - and the macros and other things mentioned so far are woefully short of that mark, technically.
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I just getting used to office 10 and now you have a 15?
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sounds like another good upgrade to go with
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I'm always looking for new advancements. The fact that my documents will follow me wherever I go tells me that like Windows 8 consumer. No matter what computer I log into my profile will follow me as well.
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Cloud is not the way to go, not for all users. Give us a choice don't force us to use features.
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This continued push for more BS features and cloud interaction is not beneficial and continues to increase bloat plus slow down the actual program. Acuallty being able to create a document is what it should be about.
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It is OK for small slight improvements, but when they make big changes e.g. the "ribbon" our end users, specially home-office users find it frustrating and more time consuming. The HELP feature itself is also not always user friendly. I hope they don't mess around with the "ribbon" again!!
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Not ready for a new office yet.
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I hope it comes with a Word 2003 emulator
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The MSOffice packages are moving so fast into "yet another version" that's it's a waste of time & money to even TRY to keep up (past basic letters, spreadsheets, and presentations). Also, shifting everything towards an off-site, non-company operated server farm isn't what we want to even THINK of doing.
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For the past several releases every new release of Office requires more clicks to do the same task and is more difficult to learn making my cost of training skyrocket and productivity go down. What is needed is less "show" and more "productivity". What we don't need is more consumer features that make data security difficult or impossible.
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50% of our desk tops are still using 2003; the other 50% are evenly split between 2007 & 2010. Last thing we want to consider is 2015 -- especially with an interface (Metro) I find bothersome. Don't care for it on the Win8 I'm using -- won't care for it on a new Office version.
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Well i like change but other do not. so as to the older generation please do a little to accept change and adjust to new technology. its here to stay so adjust. ready for new feature.
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just moved to office 2010
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I rebelled when office 2010 came out. I don't have the time to keep learning new ways to create a document or spreadsheet.
I am now using Libre office and will never go back to using MS office.
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If prepared well with App Virtualization, like ThinApp or symantec SVS, there are no matter, you can deploy without head haches. But with users, you cannot only deploy, they must employ... And they have the last word: please...
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Geez, Slow DOWN! We still have not rolled out 2010 yet because of vendors.
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No reason to look forward to it. It will probably still have the annoying ribbon
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toooooo much change all the time
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sounds like a great program for me to use
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I personally love the changes made in Windows 8, and am looking forward to seeing exactly how well Office 15 and Windows 8 integrate. The metro interface took some getting used to it, but moving back to Windows 7 now feels like a huge step backwards.
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Office is a productivity suite and sometimes I just want to be productive instead of retraining just to be able to do what I've always done. I like the fact that Microsoft wants to add features and functionality but ultimately productivity is the goal.
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New is a good thing?
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hope some bugs are resolved and that microsoft not again releases at beta for full price .. very hard to word with bugs as an administrator
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We've had enough issues integrating 2010 into our enterprise applicaitons. Now this article tells me the api and visual basic code is going away.
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As a developer, it just means they're doing the same thing only now in a different way. I have yet to see what the real advantage is in doing that.
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MS sux!
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Working in the IT field as a software support specialist and trainer it is always exciting to see new products emerge.
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just learning 2010!!!!!
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forced utlization is never good
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Metro, Ribbon, etc.

I like the menu setup.
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I expect that as usual it will be a pain in the butt in the sense that Microsoft designers and software engineers will design something that they are convinced it incredibly intuitive but it is not. The retraining is typically painful and costly.
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It looks like Microsoft is still goiong down the road of masive bloatware and forcing users to change the way they work rather than keeping the software usable and fixing the bugs. Metro sucks for the desktop and windows 8 sucks. I have been using it for several months now and still hate it.
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New releases come too often. need to spread them out by another year or 2
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Where are these version numbers coming from? MS Office 12 was 2007. How are they up to 15 already? The only one I remember between then and now is 2010...
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