Tidemark delivers enterprise performance management (EPM) software. What that esoteric acronym means is that Tidemark helps organizations take internal data they already have and use it to plan the future steps they will take, but also to assess the historical performance of their organization. Tidemark was founded only a few short years ago (in 2009, to be precise) but has already raised close to $ 120 million from a host of investors over multiple rounds. Tidemark is a good example of a new breed of cloud vendor, those that were born into a world already comfortable with cloud-based enterprise tools such as Salesforce and NetSuite. Because of this fact, Tidemark hasn’t had to invent a category; rather it has the somewhat easier job of delivering an existing product category but in new and beneficial ways.
As a cloud and IT as a Service (ITaaS) transformation strategist in the IT industry for 20+ years, I’ve seen successes and failures. You might be surprised to hear this, today’s technology-focused ITaaS approaches are missing the point; they ignore the changes in the competitive environment and as a result deprive your business lines (BLs) of the pure business benefits they expect from the cloud.
What you must be aware of is, ITaaS isn’t a technology, it’s nothing else than an operational model, that is, an integrated platform of people, processes, best practices, governance structure, and technology specifically arranged to meet a specific business goals.
Storage vendor Scality is enjoying a seemingly easy ride as it leverages continued and increasing awareness about software-defined storage (SDS). The idea of SDS is pretty simple. Much as server virtualization allows physical hardware to be abstracted away from the actual provision of compute, SDS layers a fabric on top of various storage assets to create a pool of resources that can be programmatically utilized.
This is the tech world, however, and hence there isn’t agreement on the best way to deliver SDS. One way vendors are following is a converged approach that ties together specific hardware with software sitting on top of it. The second is the disaggregated model followed by Scality. This model is grounded completely in software laying a third-party fabric on top of general storage assets.