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Gene Phifer
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36 years IT industry

Gene Phifer is a managing vice president in Gartner Research. Mr. Phifer covers a broad set of Web and cloud-centric technologies, including Web architecture, intranets, extranets, e-business, portals, Web applications, cloud computing… Read Full Bio

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Observations on cloud computing from Day 1 of Gartner’s Application Architecture, Development and Integration Summit

by Gene Phifer  |  December 7, 2009  |  2 Comments

I am currently in Las Vegas at our AADI Summit. We have over 750 attendees, and the buzz is really good.

This is Gartner’s primary conference for cloud computing in 2009, and the interest in cloud computing is very high. I did a keynote this morning with Dave Cearley and the room was packed. Lots of discussions in the hallways and 1-1 rooms about the cloud.

I would probably categorize most of these conversations as ‘tire kicking’. Clients want to use cloud computing, but there is still a lack of trust of the services and providers of cloud services.

Lack of trust from the enterprise is probably the number one inhibitor of adoption of cloud computing. This trust will come over time, as providers of cloud computing services add enterprise-class capabilities, and as more experience is gained in using the cloud.

Will 2010 be the year that cloud computing reaches the tipping point? Dunno. I’m guessing 2010/2011 will be the timeframe for the use of cloud computing to take off.

But in the interim, tire kicking is good. As long as the client eventually buys one of the tires that they kick.

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