Still, Mueller acknowledged it's been a challenge trying to influence how vendors build their products. That's partly because the members who employ its usage models don't always tell their vendor they're an ODCA member, Mueller said, so vendors don't know how influential the alliance is becoming.
Over time, and as more members join the group, Mueller said he's "100 percent confident" that vendors will act on their requests. "It's what customers want, and the vendors that succeed in the long term will be the ones that listen to their customers," he said.
Vendors can also join the alliance, which gives them benefits like being able to see usage models as they're developed. SAP, Infosys and UOL, a large ISP in Brazil, announced Monday that they have become members. They join Microsoft, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and dozens of others, though some big names, like IBM and Oracle, are not yet on board.
The alliance also updated several of its existing usage models Monday, including those around data security, long-distance migration, and reporting and reducing carbon footprint. The Forecast conference continues Tuesday.
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