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Adam Bloom

Adam Bloom has worked for 15+ years in the tech industry and has been a key contributor to the Pivotal and vFabric Blog for 2+ Years. He first started working on "cloud-based apps" in 1998 when he led the development and launch of WebMD 1.0’s B2C and B2B apps. He then spent several years in product marketing for a J2EE-based PaaS/SaaS start-up. Afterwards, he worked for Siebel as a consultant on large CRM engagements, launched their online community, and ran marketing operations. At Oracle, he led the worldwide implementation of Siebel CRM before spending some time at a Youtube competitor in Silicon Valley and working as a product marketer for Unica's SaaS-based marketing automation suite. "Back in the day," he graduated from Georgia Tech with high honors and an undergraduate thesis in human computer interaction. Beyond technology, he loves music, art, design, cooking, outdoors, a decent silver tequila, and his wife, daughter, dog, and cat.

Posts by Adam Bloom

featured-CFSummit-Maritz In this post, we highlight the video where Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz explains how the Cloud Foundry community can come together to build a lasting, valuable contribution, ultimately leading to a huge impact on the world and our futures. In it, he covers the story of how Cloud Foundry was born, the big technology shifts underpinning PaaS ecosystems, recipes for successful PaaS technology foundations, applications in the Post-Paper Era, and the major themes at the Cloud Foundry Summit.
featured-casestudy-MercadoLibre MercadoLibre is one of the largest e-commerce sites on Earth and is eBay’s Latin American partner. In this interview, Matias Waisgold, Technical Lead for MercadoLibre’s APIs explains how they use RabbitMQ, Redis, and Groovy on Grails to improve the user experience, shorten development cycle time, and scale their applications to big data levels. He explains their architecture, the solution and approach to scale, the benefits, and more.
featured-CFSummit-PaaSCompare In this post, we summarize a talk given by Dr. Mike Maximilien from IBM Cloud Labs and James Bayer, Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry Director of Product Management. The two provide a detailed comparison between Cloud Foundry, Microsoft Azure, Google App Engine, Amazon, Heroku, and OpenShift, and their agenda included background, limitations to validity, methodology, results, insights, and potential next steps. You can also find links to the slides and video.
featured-monsanto-cloud As shared at the recent Cloud Foundry Summit, Monsanto sees huge benefits with Cloud Foundry. From increased efficiency and productivity to less finger pointing between developers and operations, Infrastructure Architect, Mark Seidenstricker, shares the insights and learnings from their journey with Cloud Foundry, lists many benefits, discusses cultural and change management shifts in IT, and outlines their future plans. Ultimately, he sees how management will progress on a widespread investment in their cloud once the organization knows how to deliver the benefits of a 50% productivity improvement in the software development lifecycle.
featured-CFSummit-SAP Earlier this month at CF Summit, SAP's René Welches delivered a presentation, Commerce as a Service (CaaS) with Cloud Foundry, Welches started with a strong air of gratitude, “I was about to change the title to Commerce as a Micro-service (CaaMS) because we are using a lot of the micro-services concepts. I was really happy after the talk yesterday on micro-services because it really confirmed what we are planning to do.” He then went on to explain how they were in the process of developing against this architecture, how the architecture came about, how it works, what use cases drive it, and what open source projects are used that is summarized in this post and can be viewed in the attached video.
Henry Saputra In this article, Apache committer and Project Management Committee Member, Henry Saputra, shares why Pivotal is a great place to work, what is going on with open source, big data, and PaaS, and how the Cloud Foundry and Hadoop ecosystems are integrating from Pivotal’s perspective. He also gives a lot of insight on his experience, vision, and where software development is headed in the context of making Hadoop scale elastically on Cloud Foundry.
featured-cancer Cancer takes millions of lives and costs billions of dollars. One of the big problems is the expense and waste in pharmaceutical R&D efforts. Redbasin Networks has begun to attack this problem from a software and big data perspective, achieving success through an agile or fast-failure mindset. While they face significant challenges managing heterogeneous and expensive big data sets about cancer, they have been able to capture insight from automated algorithms—doing analysis in 8 hours instead of man months of largely manual effort. At last year’s SpringOne 2GX, they shared their company background, the challenges with cancer data, a working data model, and how the Redbasin analytics platform uses Spring, Redis, Neo4J, MongoDB, and more.
featured-jvalkealahti Spring YARN is possibly one of the coolest projects on planet earth these days. Come meet Janne Valkealahti , one of Pivotal’s London-based open source engineers who hails from Finland. Janne is our resident Spring YARN Master, and, in this Q&A session, he tells us how he ended up at Pivotal, why Spring YARN is pretty cool, what he loves about being an open source software developer, and more.
featured-EMCWorld-recap As EMC World wraps up, attendees and journalists have buzzed with key questions and perspectives regarding the future of information technology and the innovations announced. Three topics have been the most discussed and covered in Pivotal’s realm—EMC sees major data growth, the EMC Federation is leading companies to the 3rd Platform, and key solutions include Pivotal’s big data and application platforms.
featured-casestudy-ippon Ippon Hosting CTO, Ghislain Seguy, recently shared a profound point about Cloud Foundry, “What used to takes 2 weeks now takes 2 minutes on PaaS. In addition, Cloud Foundry is the leading choice for open source PaaS from my perspective. Before, our development environments often took 2 weeks to set up, and an integration or test environment would take more. Now, our development environments take 2 minutes, and my infrastructure team is freed up to work on more strategic efforts.” This week at Devoxx in Paris, France the Ippon team will unveil their new developer PaaS offering and share their story of trying out open source Cloud Foundry and building out a new PaaS service using Pivotal CF in just a few weeks.