10. A cautious business climate
This is at the bottom of the list for reason. If your goal is to get folks to
understand and possibly early adopt your great new software idea, there may
be stronger climates. However, here's the lesser-known corollary: People in
this region are more comfortable doing business with other people in this
region than they are with some unknown salesperson from a far-away place. If
you are honest and trustworthy, you just might win over some loyal clients to
your new idea.
We have solid universities here in the region. You might not realize this,
but schools such as Shippensburg, Juniata, Harrisburg University,
Millersville, Kutztown and of course Penn State (to name only a few) are very
approachable and aggressive. Sit down and talk with them about things you
need, meet the professors, build relationships. Don't underestim... (more)
Historically, when an organization needed software, it had two basic paths:
buy something already built and use it as-is or build from scratch.
Both paths have been fraught with peril, as witnessed by the 2009 CHAOS
report that showed only 32 percent of projects being successfully completed
and nearly one in four projects cancelled before completion.
The problem with deploying pre-built software is that it is rigid and
inflexible. Software builders didn't anticipate the processes your
organization developed to meet customer needs and be successful. What's more,
they had no plans to... (more)
Many of us have spent years explaining to customers why our various versions
of Platform as a Service (PaaS) are their best alternative for customization
and deployment of business software applications. Logically, there is
little reason not to choose a PaaS as the core architecture for your
businesses software. However while there has been adoption, it hasn't
occurred at the pace which it probably should given the magnitude of the
value proposition. This of course is the quandary called "the adoption
cycle" that receives a lot of attention from authors and analysts alike.
The debate has raged for some time now about the exact definition of a 5GL.
One might argue that there also is still some debate going on about what
exactly is a Platform as a Service PaaS. Throw together two semi-ambiguous
industry-specific buzzwords and what do you get? Well, for all of you
cynics out there, the answer is NOT "a great marketing opportunity!"
In all seriousness, taken together, the two do represent an ambitious vision
of the future; a world where the "non-programmer", i.e. someone who does not
have experience "writing code", can quickly create flexible softwar... (more)
Seven years ago we set out to build a technology that would solve the immense
problems faced by business in adoption of technology. If you are not familiar
with those problems, you need to familiarize with the now canonical Standish
Groups’ Chaos Report, which among other things documents only a 32% rate of
software projects completing successfully.
During our journey, we encountered many cool things. From the beginning, we
were early adopters of the LAMP stack; Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP. Further,
we were able to leverage all sorts of open-source tools like WYSIWYG
controls, ... (more)