I was talking with an ex-colleague recently who was describing her frustration at her current company’s difficulties in closing new business. They are a small company in a fast-moving high-tech market and they are struggling to get traction outside of one or two key customers.
I went through my mental check-list of ‘have you tried x’ with her. The conversation went something like this.
I asked where the company’s focus was. I like focus you see – focus brings results and/or aids decision making. But she smiled and told me that they really had focused their efforts on a vertical market.
I asked her if they had… Continue reading
As you’ll have read elsewhere in these pages I’ve decided to test REPAMATron – my automated marketing analysis software, by pointing it at the way ESB vendors take their products to market.
As I’ve mentioned before, REPAMATron is a project that looks to automate the REPAMA methodology for analysing and visualising vendors’ go-to-market strategies from the language they use to address their prospects. I’ve chosen the ESB space to test the software because it’s a market I know well and therefore I should be able to decide if the software is making the right sort of inferences behind the language it will be analysing.
At the moment the software is way off alpha release and needs lots of testing… Continue reading
I’ve been a bit busy recently and so instead of finishing off the complex REPAMA SAS into the “Cloud Computing / Cloud Software / Cloud Management / Application Services Management” study, I decided to produce a rough draft of the much simpler REPAMA into Force.com’s go-to-market strategy instead.
Whilst the segment analysis study only covers Force.com at the moment, I will add additional vendors/providers into the study over the coming weeks. If you have any suggestions who I should compare to/with Force.com, let me know.
So Steve and I had a briefing call with Kaavo yesterday who have some interesting technology. And it set me thinking about whether there is a market for pure play application services management in the cloud.
Kaavo automates the job of application configuration and management in the cloud. The product – imod, is rules and workflow-based and manages the life-cycle of application provisioning, including deploying and configuring the software components or services required to create the environment in which applications execute.
I hope I’m not dumbing it down too much to say that I think of it as a data centre automation tool that understands how to manage virtual IaaS instead of physical infrastructure. Kaavo’s CEO and founder… Continue reading
Continuing my quest to segment the cloud computing market, I’m now looking at the role a channel might play in cloud computing…
…and I’m struggling a little to map the traditional channel role onto cloud. But here are my current thoughts.
There are some obvious areas in the cloud taxonomy/segmentation that look like a good old fashioned software sales model. So first let’s start with my draft / work in progress taxonomy/segmentation to help anchor the discussions in something solid. BTW draft/work in progress means that it will change.
So the Cloud Software segment looks like a traditional software business. Using Brad Buck’s definition for this segment:
Cloud Software is off-the-shelf software that can be used to… Continue reading
As mentioned earlier in these pages I’m documenting my quest to arrive at a market segmentation model of the cloud computing market. This will allow me to perform a series of REPAMA competitive marketing studies into various vendors in the cloud computing space. I’m uncovering more and more interesting research as I go and one such piece is described below.
The smart people at NIST (The US Governmental agency responsible for something or other – standards I think) have released some interesting work on cloud computing. Aimed at reaching a common set of definitions around cloud computing and its use cases, but recognising that these will change over time, their work can be found here.
I’ve reproduced some sections… Continue reading
Just a quick note to say that I’ve updated the Lustratus REPAMA Guide to version 1.1. I’ve added three more studies that have been part of our analysis for some time but hadn’t quite found their way into the guide.
- Depositioning focus
- Differentiation strategy
- Perceived threat
All of these studies are concerned with interpreting how the vendors under scrutiny approach competitive differentiation in one way or another and are now explained in the guide.
The Lustratus REPAMA guide is available for download, and for the first time in HTML format. Click here for more information.