The BIG C = Cloud Computing
I had the pleasure of discussing cloud communities with Kent Parker (COO of Ariba) during his recent visit to speak in my class.
Ariba is a fascinating case study of a procurement firm that survived the B2B boom of the later 90s and subsequent melt down. Cloud is “back to the future” for Ariba. In my supply chain IT class at Tuck, we were imagining all enterprise spend in the cloud a decade ago. Today Ariba is seeing many of those 1990s dreams come to life with thousands of vendors and buyers transacting on its platform.
I really like Kent’s view of cloud. It is a big “C” view built on community, where participants find meaningful interactions and groupings that keep them coming back. Watch his interview with me for all the details.