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“Services 2.0” – that’ll be our Magic Quadrant, then

Last week I read an incisive article on “Services 2.0″ company Appirio by Prashanth Rai on CloudAve:

http://www.cloudave.com/link/services-the-very-critical-part-of-the-on-demand-ecosystem-appirio

There is some pretty visionary content included here with an outline of how the move from on-premise to cloud-based software will affect and remodel the IT services industry, especially those wrapped around implementing and integrating these solutions. This shift to “Services 2.0″ is likely to happen at the same rapid pace as the move to SaaS is happening now – exciting times. Memia is aiming to be prominent in this space, so it’s good to finally have a term that Gartner can hang a magic quadrant on. 😉

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Secure “cloud” services offered by retail bank in New Zealand

Check out this advert from ASB bank here in New Zealand (http://www.asb.co.nz) – a bank offering secured data storage in (their own) cloud: this is a great (early) example of how established businesses can leverage their existing internet channels to expand into adjacent offerings using cloud services. In this case ASB is relying upon the Trust relationship they already have with their customers. Interesting…