Best- And Worst-performing Cloud Computing Stocks Feb. 3rd To Feb. 7th And Year-to-date

CompTIA: Cloud Computing Poses New Financial, Technological Challenges for IT Distributors

I do not hold equity positions or work for any of the companies mentioned in this blog post or included in the Cloud Computing Index and this post is not meant to provide investment advice. It is simply a glimpse into the performance of these companys stock prices over time. Best PerformingCloud ComputingStocks, February 3rd to February 7th, 2014 Worst PerformingCloud ComputingStocks, February 3rd to February 7th, 2014 Best PerformingCloud ComputingStocksIn 2014 Worst PerformingCloud ComputingStocksIn 2014 Comparing Cumulative Stock PerformancePerformance of the Cloud Computing Index over the last year is compared to NetSuite, Salesforce,IBM,OracleandSAPis below. This index has been up 26.60% over the last year, with NetSuite (NYSE:N) up 58.49%, Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) up 44.85%,IBM(NYSE:IBM) down 12.10%,Oracle(NYSE:ORCL) up 6.55% andSAP(NYSE:SAP) down 4.04%. You can view this trend line here for easier reading.

How three Indians turned SAP into a cloud computing major

Mobile app development should see a strong boost in 2014, with decision makers hoping to keep users productive and customers happy. "One of the learnings we had early last year when we were starting to play with cloud technologies was that there was always a risk of something like this happening," said Hugh Scott, Energy Plus CIO, when speaking of a recent Amazon Web Services outage. The downtime hit Netflix, Instagram, Pinterest, and countless other services that had to deal with upset customers. Both Google and VMware recently announced a joint effort to accelerate development of corporate desktops, powered for the "Mobile Cloud Era." The service is designed to provide businesses and enterprises with access to a secure cloud on desktops, smartphones, and mobile devices. New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella plans to spend a large portion of his early days at Microsoft moving the company forward in the mobile and cloud markets.

CIOs: Cloud computing and mobile will be focus of IT spending in 2014

In the new whitepaper, The Role of IT Distribution in a Cloud World, CompTIA details some of the steps distributors have taken to expand their relevance in the cloud market. These moves include acquisitions of companies to strengthen their cloud business lines; and the creation of new logistical capabilities built specifically for cloud resellers and providers. The market upheaval caused by cloud computing is likely to result in the need for a new type of provider one that can aggregate multivendor technologies at scale across both physical and virtual boundaries to deliver secure and reliable solutions to meet customers' business, technology and regulatory needs. "For the past 20 years, no one type of company has done that better than the industry's wholesale distributors," April noted.

After several brainstorming sessions among senior SAP executives, the company's chairman H. Plattner and its chief technology officer Vishal Sikka (46), who grew up in Vadodara, decided to venture into the cloud with a database management system (which tracks and analyses massive volumes of data), where SAP had little presence, but with a small twist that proved to be a masterstroke. The new product was called HANA or high performance analytic appliance, which for a variety of technical innovations, speeded up real-time data analysis by up to 100 times. Analysts, rivals and even some insiders predicted failure. As recently as September 30, 2012, Oracle CEO and cofounder Larry Ellisson took a dig at HANA, calling it a "small thing." He had earlier dismissed SAP's innovations "wacko". But Sikka, who is now being called the father of HANA, had the last laugh. At the end of 2013, the product had about 3,000 customers worldwide, making it the bestseller in its class.