The Cloud of Service Things (Revisited)


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The Cloud of Service Things (Revisited)

  1. 1. The Cloud of Service Things (Revisited) Focus Research ©2012 All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. The Cloud of Service Things (Revisited)Almost one year ago today I penned a rather lengthy blog entry on the topic that is the title of this post. Thepremise of that entry was that the future cloud will be comprised, to a large degree, of cloud-based serviceobjects that can be consumed as needed by applications. Whether those applications live in or out of thecloud doesn’t really matter, though there are different connectivity, security and performance aspects of eachscenario. I thought I would revisit the topic a year later and see if I still believe that to be true.At the most basic level, the answer is “yes.” Has anything significantly changed in the last year? Not really,but I think the cloud integration space is starting to “gel” through consolidation of players and throughthe (ongoing) development of standards, templates and reusable models by groups such as CCIF, IEEE,OCI, ONF, CloudStack, OpenStack and the Open Data Center Alliance to name just a few of the manyorganizations involved in crafting them.Like many things within the cloud, application integration is not a new thing. We’ve been working on thisproblem for quite some time. What’s different now? Well, fundamentally it’s a lot easier now to integrate“things.” What used to cost a lot of money (usually millions of dollars) can now be accomplished bymore agile and less costly means. Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) was once the domain of largesoftware and systems providers. EAI was big and usually cumbersome and even though we wanted tobelieve it could be done by drag-and-drop translation GUIs, there was much more behind the scenescoding going on than we realized.Everything in the cloud is becoming a service. I had to chuckle when I took a peek at cloud computing onWikipedia. It lists TEN different “as a Service” models. Count ‘em… TEN. And that doesn’t even includesome others that I’ve heard used by crafty marketers, including me. The point is that there are ways toaccess and integrate cloud-based services that make it a lot easier to build feature-rich applicationswithout the need to own all the resources and services. Take APIaaS (API as a Service) for example.It’s pretty easy to find a “connector” to most of the commonly used cloud services. I don’t have to buyexpensive software or hire programmers with very specific skills in a particular integration product orarchitecture. I can buy the integration service from a cloud-based provider and let them do most of theheavy lifting. I say most, because as we all know, there’s always a little bit of tweaking to be done. Thedeath of the programmer is not upon us quite yet!What does this mean to those of you looking to build your products and solutions from cloud-basedservices? A few days ago I penned a post on context-based cloud services here on the SAP on theCloud blog. The premise of that post was that the rich user experience you will provide your customersin the future will be comprised of things mostly owned and controlled by somebody else. You willconsume them through a defined service interface. Choosing that interface, and the company thatThe Cloud of Service Things (Revisited) Focus Research ©2012 2
  3. 3. provides it will be critically important to your success. The same level of discipline that you apply toselecting IaaS, PaaS and SaaS services needs to be applied to selecting a service integration strategyand provider. Look for a company that’s done this before and has kept their capabilities in sync with thecloud. Life will be much easier.Good luck! Robert Keahey is Partner and Founder of SummaLogic LLC, a business and IT consultancy specializing in strategy, marketing, product and business development across a variety of industry sectors. Robert brings to his clients a record of results-oriented innovation, industry insight, superior service delivery and operational know-how complemented by a variety of information technology industry experiences. He has a network into high level executives in the informationtechnology sector and has partnered with industry leaders to develop innovative and disruptive capabilities. He hasrelationships with numerous venture capital firms and has evaluated, developed and helped accelerate the businessplans of several of their portfolio companies.He is currently serving as Vice President, Business Development and Product Strategy for LAYERZngn, a leader in theemerging Software-Defined Networking market.The Cloud of Service Things (Revisited) Focus Research ©2012 3