This book stands with the customer. This is out of necessity, not sympathy. Over the coming years customers will be emancipated from systems built to control them. They will become free and independent actors in the marketplace, equipped to tell vendors what they want, how they want it, where and when—even how much they’d like to pay—outside of any vendor’s system of customer control. Customers will be able to form and break relationships with vendors, on customers’ own terms, and not just on the take-it-or-leave-it terms that have been pro forma since Industry won the Industrial Revolution.
Rackspace has announced what it bills as the “first large-scale, production ready next generation cloud, powered by OpenStack and backed by Fanatical Support.” Purportedly, the deployment features “a robust portfolio of cloud solutions such as Cloud Servers, Cloud Databases, Cloud Block Storage, Cloud Networks, a completely new cloud Control Panel, Cloud Monitoring and support for the OpenStack API.”
They’re getting it together in the Kansas Cities. A consortium of stakeholders and agencies has created a “playbook” for cooperation, funding and collaboration. This is EXACTLY what we (Digital City Mechanics) need to get ourselves into the Kansas Cities market. Thanks to Dave Sandel (among others) for making this happen!
“Who Killed Yahoo?” – from my own experiences and multiple attempts at giving Yahoo – a clue – I’d say it was management, for sure. I saw first hand how some clued in managers (Brad Horowitz) had to fight for the right thing, while being given a checkbook to buy virtually anything they could, and then they’d do nothing WITH the acquisition! OMG – over and over again!
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