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To Rule the Clouds Takes Software: Why Amazon SimpleDB is a Huge Next Step

Posted on December 15, 2007

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them… J. R. R. Tolkien There is much interesting cloud-related news in the blogosphere.  Various pundits are sharing a back and forth on the potential for cloud centralization to result in just a […]

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Posted in amazon, data center, ec2, grid, platforms, saas, Web 2.0 | 10 Comments »

Interview With Lucid Era’s Ken Rudin

Posted on November 25, 2007

Recently I had the opportunity to interview Lucid Era CEO Ken Rudin.  Lucid Era is one of the newer SaaS players out there.  They offer Business Intelligence Solutions, which is an exciting space.  Consider how fast the evolution of that market has come to completion with the recent acquisition of Cognos (IBM), Business Objects (SAP), […]

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Posted in business, saas, strategy | 7 Comments »

Cloud Computing in Someone Else’s Cloud: The Future

Posted on November 16, 2007

Ever hear of a fabless chip company?  This is a company that sells Integrated Circuits but owns no manufacturing facilities.  They just write software, in effect, and send it out to someone else’s fab.  Brilliant.  Many kinds of manufacturers often do the same.  After all, manufacturing may not be the distinctive competency of a company, […]

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Posted in business, data center, ec2, grid, saas, strategy, Web 2.0 | 3 Comments »

Is Your SaaS “Click-to-Buy”?

Posted on November 12, 2007

Apparently, only about 13% of SaaS vendors have a click-to-buy option.  That’s an appaling statistic when you stop to think about it.  Vendors without click-to-buy require you to interact with humans in some way before you can get you service.  I can understand wanting to make the human interaction available, but why would a SaaS […]

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Posted in saas, strategy | 4 Comments »

A Pile of Lamps Needs a Brain

Posted on October 28, 2007

Continuing the discussion of a Pile of Lamps (a clustered Lamp stack in more prosaic terms), Aloof Schipperke writes about how such a thing might manage its consumption of machines on a utility computing fabric: Techniques for managing large sets of machines tend to either highly centralized or highly decentralized. Centralized solutions tend to come from […]

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Posted in grid, multicore, platforms, strategy, Web 2.0 | 1 Comment »

SaaS, Cloud Computing, and Liability for Security Breaches

Posted on October 26, 2007

There’s an interesting post by Larry Dignan about the TJX legal activity surrounding a data breach that exposed customer’s credit card information.  It seems the banks are suing TJX to make it their problem.  In the past, banks and credit card companies had to eat the expense.  The TJX breach involved the theft from its […]

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Posted in business, saas, strategy | 1 Comment »

Lack of Good Platforms is Stunting SaaS and Business Web 2.0

Posted on October 18, 2007

There is a misperception out in the world that 3 developers can build a 1.0 web product and get it to market for a few hundred thousand dollars.  It’s a story that’s been true for a variety of consumer web products, the Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace gang, but it is most assuredly not true for […]

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Posted in business, Partnering, saas, Web 2.0 | 14 Comments »

To Build Better Software, You Need Fewer People (But Why?)

Posted on October 17, 2007

Mark Masterson reminds us that people have been saying for a long long time in places like the Mythical Man Month book that system design integrity is best achieved through the work of a single mind.  The alternative is design by committee, which dooms us to understanding by committee and all the inefficiency and waste […]

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Posted in software development, strategy | 18 Comments »

The Perils of Platform as a Service (It’s Not As Bad As All That!)

Posted on October 8, 2007

OnStartups has a great post that is critical of Force, Salesforce’s SaaS platform, as a desirable way to access a platform.  I’ve said before that my concern about Force is it’s basically a very conventional platform that’s been hosted.  The tool looks a lot like SAP’s ABAP, Peoplesoft Peopletools, or a host of other Enterprise […]

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Posted in business, platforms, saas, strategy | 9 Comments »

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