Balancing Freedom and Control Evolution of the Cloud

| September 26, 2017

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When was the cloud born? A strong case can be made for 2006, when the first enterprise cloud services came to market and industry use of the term cloud became mainstream. In the 10 years since then, cloud has transformed how businesses compete and engage with customers. Looking ahead to the next decade, the cloud promises to play an even greater role in shaping both business strategy and customer expectations.

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Article | February 25, 2020

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Getting Above the Silos: The Rise of the Logical Data Fabric

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