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The Path to Enterprise Cloud Applications

What would be a considered an enterprise cloud application anyway?  I heard someone suggest recently that the only enterprise applications that will move to the Cloud will be email. Really?   Clearly enterprises are just as concerned about Op EX cost these days as everyone else is, so a lower cost, highly scalable, deployment option like the Cloud would seem to be a pretty logical choice for enterprises as well. That is, if it wasn’t for those pesky concerns over the security, stability, and control of the Cloud as a platform. These issues just seem to freeze most enterprises from making the shift to this new option. However, eventually and despite these concerns, even the most conservative enterprise will get comfortable enough with this new idea and embrace it as it is just too compelling.  But, isn’t there some low hanging fruit (applications) right now that enterprises might want to consider sooner then later? After all, we are in a global recession.

So what are they . . . the most obvious is email and calendaring services. But there is also SOASTA’s cloud testing application. Testing really is the most perfect enterprise cloud application! Testing in the Cloud delivers all the benefits of cloud computing without any of the risk. When leveraging the Cloud as a test platform there is no reason to worry about data security because it’s not real data that is being used . . . it’s just test data. If the platform fails, there is no customer kick back because the customers are not real. If you decide you want to use a different PaaS to test, you just do it. You aren’t locked into a vendor. Seriously, if there was ever a perfect match for an enterprise application in the Cloud, it has to be testing. So, if your an enterprise company looking for a way to reduce your operational costs look to the clouds and start testing.

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Tom Lounibos

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Tom Lounibos

As CEO of SOASTA, Tom brings more than 30 years of experience building early stage software companies, leading two companies to successful IPOs. Tom is a regular speaker at both cloud and testing events, and has become a leading advocate in using the cloud to empower individuals and accelerate changes in how applications are built, tested and deployed. Most recently, Tom served as President and CEO of Kenamea. Prior to Kenamea, he was CEO of Dorado Corp., a financial services software provider. Previous to Dorado, he was EVP of Sagent Technology through its 1999 IPO, entrepreneur-in-residence at Crosspoint Venture Partners, and held executive positions at Digitalk Corp., Knowledgeware (KWI) and Encore Financial Services. Tom also serves on several boards in the Silicon Valley.