SaaS and cloud computing professionals understand how easily good, useful data can get lost among all the surrounding noise. Keeping up on industry trends and analysis is subject to that same problem.
We’ve tried to alleviate that struggle a little bit by seeking out 10 SaaS and cloud professionals and experts who regularly write useful blog posts. Some of the names on the list will be familiar to many of you.
Included is a link to each blogger’s Twitter handle and, where available, a link to his/her RSS feed. Grab whichever feed is more useful for you, and fold these 10 great sources of knowledge into your daily reading.
Joel York is a B2B software industry veteran and serial entrepreneur whose posts are in depth and full of quality insights. An example of a recent great post is “Driving SaaS Customer Acquisition w/ Success Metrics.”
Werner Vogels, CTO at Amazon Web Services, uses this personal blog to write about building scalable and robust distributed systems. A recent article of his, “Cloud computing in Europe should put power in the hands of the customer,” ran in an abridged form in The Telegraph.
Phil Wainewright blogged at ZDnet for ages, but in 2013 he moved to diginomica and became the “team thinker” (their words). Wainewright is happy to stir up an argument: Just look at his April 30, 2014, post titled “Why government can’t innovate.”
Adrian Cockcroft, whom Gigaom describes as “possibly the most visible man in cloud computing,” was Netflix’s cloud architect until he left for Battery Ventures in 2014. He’s probably a bit too busy to post regularly (posts tend to come at one-month intervals), but when he does, it’s worth reading.
David Linthicum is a big name in the cloud computing world. He is currently senior vice president at Cloud Technology Partners and also founded Blue Mountain Labs in 2006. One recent important post he wrote was “How Microsoft’s cloud push will affect your job.”
Subraya Mallya writes about the business and marketing strategies associated with SaaS and cloud computing at his PrudentCloud blog. Two of his best posts include “Is SaaS Making Open Source Irrelevant?” (from 2010) and “Evaluating a SaaS Subscription Billing Service” (from 2014.
Adron Hall is a veteran software architect and programmer whose interests lately have included distributed technologies. Here is a great post he did on surviving developer evangelism. You can find more of Hall’s writing on his own blog, Composite Code.
Randy Bias is the founder and CEO of Cloudscaling, a cloud infrastructure software company based out of San Francisco on whose website he blogs regularly. One of his most-read posts comes from 2011, titled “What is Amazon’s Secret for Success and Why is EC2 a Runaway Train?”
Lori MacVittie is senior product manager for emerging technologies at F5 Networks. Before that, she was the technology editor at Network Computing Magazine. Check out her post from early June 2014, “The Future of Cloud is Hybrid … and Seamless.”
Gregor Petri is a research director at Gartner who has already written two books on cloud computing. His writing has also appeared in various other blogs, magazines and even The Sunday Times (UK) Raconteur.