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Cloud Channel Summit Update
THINKstrategies Perspectives Regarding Cloud Channels
Latest BoSS/CCBV Award Winners
Upcoming Industry Events
Cloud Showplace Sponsorship Opportunities
About THINKstrategies
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ChannelPro Magazine: Finding New Channel Opportunities in the Cloud, 10/26/11 

Channel Tech Network: Channels Ascend From Disintermediation to Cloud Industry Darlings, 10/25/11   

Datamation: Cloud Computing Vendors: New Channel Alliances Are Critical, 10/21/11   

E-Commerce Times: Reinventing Channels in the Cloud, 10/14/11 

Internet Evolution: Identity Management Boosts Cloud Benefits, 10/05/11's New Data Residency Option (DRO) Will Widen Door for Cloud Adoption, 09/19/11 


Internet Evolution: Why Tracking Cloud User Behavior Is 'Plus', 09/19/11 


Datamation: Are You Ready for the Social Enterprise? 09/06/11 


E-Commerce Times: Cloud Channel Strategies at a Crossroads, 08/12/11 

Internet Evolution: DoD Embraces Clouds for Work & Warfare, 07/25/11 

AllAnalytics: How the Cloud Fulfills the Promise of BI/Analytics, 07/11/11



OpenView Labs: The Critical Steps for SaaS Success, 06/15/11


Internet Evolution: Clouds Could Redefine Reseller Role, 06/15/11 


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Welcome to Our October Update

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As October draws to a close, the Cloud Channel Summit hosted by THINKstrategies, the Cloud Computing Showplace and Rising Tide Media is only a week away, next Monday, November 7, in Mountain View, CA.


The purpose of the Summit is to provide an intimate forum where executives from leading Cloud vendors and channel organizations can discuss the changing role of the channel in the Cloud, identify new channel opportunities, and share best practices to achieve new models for success in the Cloud.   


We are very pleased that the Summit will bring together an impressive list of executives from leading Cloud vendors and channel organizations, publications and press who are participating in and supporting the event.


The Summit will include keynote presentations by the Cloud channel executives from Google,, Dell-Boomi and IBM. There will also be six roundtable panel sessions involving another 25 Cloud vendor and channel organizatoin executives.


The caliber of the speakers, sponsors and partners supporting the Cloud Channel Summit are a testament to the strength of the ecosystem of relationships which has been built by the Cloud Showplace and THINKstrategies since 2001. These relationships have been gained by providing practical advice through our consulting services and valuable information and insight via the Cloud Showplace.


This unique combination of skills and services has put THINKstrategies an advantageous position in the Cloud industry to help corporate decision-makers within solution providers, enterprises and investment firms capitalize on the unprecedented opportunitiesin the Cloud to achieve their business objectives.


Contact us if you'd like to learn how THINKstrategies can help you assess the impact of the Cloud on your business objectives.


The Showplace now includes over 1800 companies divided into over 90 Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) categories. The Cloud Showplace is also a convenient place to discover interesting new Cloud companies which are continuously adding their company information to the online directory. You can find real-time updates on the Showplace homepage or get our alerts via Twitter.


Over 13,900 people subscribe to this monthly newsletter and over 1800 follow THINKstrategies on Twitter. In addition, you can keep up with the latest Cloud news via THINKstrategies' SaaS/Cloud Daily update, powered by


We also continue to  recognize Cloud companies delivering measurable business benefits to their users through our ongoing Best of SaaS Showplace (BoSS) and Cloud Computing Business Value (CCBV) Award programs. Contact me if you'd like to determine if your Cloud company qualifies for these awards.


I hope you find the new Cloud Showplace and this newsletter of value.


Contact me if you would like to learn about how your organization can become a Cloud Showplace sponsor, or take advantage of THINKstrategies' other services to capitalize on today's Cloud market opportunities.


Thanks for your continued support.


Best regards,


Jeff Kaplan

Managing Director

THINKstrategies, Inc.

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Cloud Channel Summit Adds Speakers, Sponsors and Partners


CC Summit LogoTHINKstrategies, the Cloud Showplace and Rising Tide Media are very pleased with the growing interest in the upcoming Cloud Channel Summit, which will give senior business development and strategic alliance executives from leading Cloud vendors and channel companies an opportunity to meet and discuss new models for building successful partnerships in the Cloud.


The Cloud Channel Summit will take place Monday, November 7 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. 


OpSource is the latest company to join a stellar list of Cloud leaders sponsoring and speaking at the Summit, including Dell-Boomi,, IBM, Agilis Solutions, AppDirect, AppFirst, Aryaka Networks, Birst, CloudLock, GoodData, Informatica, Progress Software, Safenet, Scribe Software and SoftServe.


Representatives from Amazon Web Services, Avnet Technology, Bell Canada, CompTIA, Geminare, Revevol, RightScale, rPath, Stone Cobra and SugarCRM will also be participating in a series of executive roundtable sessions during the event.


Stephen Cho, Google's Director of Enterprise Channel Programs, will kick off the Summit with a keynote presentation entitled, "Making Rain in the Channel: New Opportunities in Cloud Computing".


We are also pleased to have the support of the SIIA, ASCII, CompTIA, Cloud Sourcing Index 100, Cloudbook, ChannelPro Magazine, Datamation, DreamSimplicity, SoftLetter and many other industry organizations of the Summit. 


Click here to learn more about the Summit.

THINKstrategies' Perspectives on Cloud Channels


The growing interest in the Cloud Channel Summit also generated numerous requests for THINKstrategies perspectives on Cloud channels.


Here are our four most recent commentaries regarding the changing role of the channel in the Cloud:

Click here to gain more of insights about the rapidly evolving Cloud market.


Contact us if you'd like to learn how THINKstrategies can help your organization assess its Cloud strategies and achieve its business objectives via the Cloud.

Whitepaper Examines Embedded Reporting & Analytics Using Cloud Business Intelligence

THINKstrategies has a published a whitepaper on behalf of Indicee for Cloud independent software vendors (ISVs) developing SaaS applications and traditional ISVs looking to make a move toward a Cloud offering.

The whitepaper looks at the increasing pressure on ISVs to embed their own reporting and analytics capabilities and the options available to them. It covers the reasons why a Cloud Business Intelligence (BI) solution might be the best fit for embedded reports, dashboards and analytics. Click here to obtain this whitepaper and read THINKstrategies' views on this topic.


Contact us if you'd like to learn how THINKstrategies can help your company educate IT and business decision-makers about the value of your Cloud solutions.

Latest Best of SaaS Showplace (BoSS) and Cloud Computing Business Value (CCBV) Award Winners


THINKstrategies and the Cloud Showplace continue to recognize SaaS, PaaS and IaaS providers that are delivering measurable business benefits to their customers through our Best of SaaS Showplace (BoSS) and Cloud Computing Business Value (CCBV) Award programs.


Congratulations to Brainshark and MuleSoft, our the most recent award winners.


Click here to read more about the Cloud Showplace Award programs, other winners, and the rules for applying and winning a BoSS or CCBV Award. 

Upcoming Events 

In addition to hosting the Cloud Channel Summit, on Monday, November 7, in Mountain View, CA, THINKstrategies is also participating in and supporting a broad series of industry and corporate events focused on the business implications of the Cloud. Here are other important industry events which should be on your calendar:

  • All About Mobile, hosted by the SIIA on November 15, San Francisco, CA. Friends of the Cloud Showplace can take advantage of a special $100 discount by entering promotional code PRMCCS when you register online. You'll save even more with early-bird rates through October 10. (Note: this discount is valid off the individual SIIA non-member rate only and does not apply to current attendees.)
  • Cloud Security Alliance Congress, November 16-17, Disney Yacht & Beach Club, Orlando, FL.
  • 2nd Annual Cloud Computing World Forum - Asia, November 30 - December 1, Hong Kong.
  • Softletter SaaS University, February 28-March 1, 2012, Austin, TX

Contact us if you'd like to learn how your organization can include our perspective and gain our promotional support for your upcoming event.

Showplace Sponsorship Opportunities 

The Cloud Computing Showplace is the largest online directory and best practices resource center in the industry with nearly 1800 companies divided by application, serice and industry across over 90 SaaS, PaaS and IaaS categories.

Click here to learn how you can gain greater visibility via the Cloud Computing Showplace.

Or, contact us if you'd like to discuss specific ways we can help you achieve your marketing objectives in 2011.
About THINKstrategies

THINKstrategies, Inc. is the only independent, strategic consulting services company focused entirely on helping its clients capitalize on the business implications of the rapidly evolving Cloud Computing marketplace.

THINKstrategies helps clients develop, deploy and promote their Cloud strategies and solutions. We provide strategic consulting, educational and marketing services aimed at helping our clients better understand and position themselves in the Cloud Computing landscape.

Contact us if you'd like to learn more about how your organization can leverage THINKstrategies' unique services and the Cloud Computing Showplace.

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