The BIG C = Cloud Computing

Posted by Prof M. Eric Johnson on November 15, 2011 | Comment (12)

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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.

Eric Johnson and Kent Parker


12 comments so far

  • .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Nov 16, 2011

    Mr. Parker’s visit yielded some fascinating insights.  Among them is the realization that cloud platforms tap and meet boundless demand by enabling users not only to build custom solutions, but also to interact with one another.  Cloud platforms are valuable because they enable loyal, captive communities.

  • .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Nov 16, 2011

    Kent’s visit to campus was very insightful.  The cloud is here to stay, and Kent impressed upon us the importance of companies figuring out how to conduct business in this new environment.  Not only was it educational to hear his thoughts on technology, but it was also good to get his advice on things students can be doing now while at Tuck to prepare for a dynamic career in an ever-changing technological world.  Thanks for coming Kent!

  • .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Nov 16, 2011

    Our time with Mr. Parker was energizing. As someone who was weathered technology booms and busts he had an authentic perspective. I loved how he went beyond the tech and focused on the power and stickiness of communities and how it’s those cloud communities that transform business models.

  • .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Nov 16, 2011

    It was great having lunch with Mr. Parker and hearing his thoughts.  Not only were his thoughts on technology insightful, but also his views on how it will impact a wide array of businesses.  Thanks go to Mr. Parker and the Center for Digital Strategies.

  • .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Nov 17, 2011

    It was an absolute pleasure having lunch with Mr Parker. His views on how Cloud Technology will revolutionize various industries were very insightful. As someone looking to enter the consumer packaged goods field, I appreciated how he made his examples applicable to the current/future state of conducting business and how MBAs can leverage innovation to their advantage as general managers.

  • .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Nov 20, 2011

    Cloud technology is the ever green technology and now becoming more famous in the world.

  • .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Nov 21, 2011

    Everyone says the cloud is something different.  And it probably is to each person/organization.  It was nice to hear Mr. Parker’s view to contextualize the subject.

  • .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Nov 22, 2011

    Parker did a good job of putting some realistic context on a now over marketed “Cloud” term.  Solid article.

  • .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Nov 23, 2011

    Cloud technology truly is a unique and wonderful thing in the way that it allows the sharing of information among so many people instantly.

  • .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Nov 25, 2011

    Cloud technology is a good step in the IT world. It is more green because less hardware is needed for the client. Data is backed up online automatically so it is save and secure. You can access your computer account from any where in the world, it is just a good way to go for the future. The only problem is that there is no privacy because whatever you do or whereever your data is stored the company running the cloud can see it or access it with admin rights or permissions.

  • .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Dec 5, 2011

    When does your next paper on the future of Cloud computing come out?

    Regards

    John Smith

  • .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Dec 15, 2011

    I may be a traditionalist, but I’m not sure about cloud computing. I compiled a long research on Know Thyself quotations and saying which for a long while I was storing on a cloud. Files would sometimes disappear and reappear

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