Introducing Rishidot Research

I have been growing with CloudAve talking about various cloud related topics for the past 3 years or so. There will come a point in time for everyone when they will feel the urge to take the next big step. I think I am at this stage now and here is the announcement about my new venture.

Today I am officially launching Rishidot Research LLC, a next-gen analyst firm focussed on helping enterprises navigate the fast changing computing landscape. In my conversations with enterprise execs, IT managers, etc., I found a common recurring theme. They all feel that there is a wide gulf between the legacy analyst firms and the new age firms, I am positioning Rishidot Research to fill the gap and help enterprises take advantage of the modern technologies without badly disrupting themselves.

Legacy analysts usually come with a good technical background but they are very conservative in their approach towards emerging technologies. Such a conservative approach worked well with enterprises in the past decades when the technological evolution was more or less linear. It didn’t put their enterprise clients in any serious disadvantage because they could always bridge the impact of incremental changes in technology by playing a catching up game. However, today’s technology is evolving at an exponential rate and the legacy conservative approach is turning out to be a huge drag on modern enterprises. It is just not helping them to stay competitive in an era when even small businesses can afford to have technology that help them compete with their larger counterparts.

On the other hand, the new age analyst firms that are pushing enterprises to embrace modern technologies are doing so purely based on the business impacts of these tools than any deeper understanding of the underlying technology. This leads to a mismatch resulting in massive IT failures, often leading to business disruption. This approach is also not working well for the modern enterprises.

At Rishidot Research, I have made a decision to bring together analysts with technical depth and modern outlook. I believe that my biggest advantage in the industry is to look at the problems more from a technical perspective than just randomly matching technologies to meet the business objectives. I feel that such an approach will help organizations avoid large scale disruptions as they embrace these newer tools to stay competitive. I am also confident that I can apply the same approach to scale this research firm in the future. Right now I am the only one behind the firm but I expect to expand this firm in the coming months/years with analysts who fit in the above mold.

After studying the market for the past few years, I am now confident that my approach to industry research can help both the enterprise buyer side and the seller side as we move towards the great computing convergence, a term I use for the convergence of seemingly disparate technologies like cloud computing, social, mobile and big data. I am confident that organizations will trust my approach to industry research and join me as they embark on their own journey towards this great computing convergence.

I hereby declare Rishidot Research to be officially open for business :-). Doors are open. Come on in.

Wait a sec, are you quitting CloudAve?

Nope. Nada. Not at all. I will continue writing here on CloudAve as before. Most of my blog posts will be here except for some deeper analysis which I might share in both places. Rishidot Research is the home for my research reports and other services. My blogging journey will continue here as usual for a long long time. Even though I don’t own CloudAve and I am also one among the many writers here, Zoli has given me complete freedom to use this online property to suit my interests. Over years, my brand and CloudAve brand has become very closely tied with one another, often leading to confusion about who owns CloudAve. I don’t plan to break this bonding and, if anything, I hope to get it even more strengthened in the future. In short, I will continue to be on CloudAve ranting about my favorite Cloud Computing topics.

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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.