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.
Basically, the adoption cycle distinguishes early adopters, middle adopters
and late adopters, and put's them all on a bell curve. In technology, it is
widely thought that there is a very large gap between the early adopters and
the middle adopters, and for a company to actually overcome that g... (more)
Too often, discussions about "cloud computing" are met with skepticism and
inside jokes that it is more about marketing than it is about delivering real
value. In his excellent analysis of why Cloud Computing is disruptive, Ric
Telford over at IBM disagree's. He talks about a number of key factors that
create a disruptive technology, which he defines as the ability to rapidly
displace existing technologies. He mentions things like ease of use,
empowerment and efficiency. He alludes to dramatic productivity gains and
cost reductions, and he uses real examples.
I am particular... (more)
CNN recently reported on a funeral for Internet Explorer 6.
Anyone who has been in the business of Web software development will tell you
it's a bittersweet thing -- except without the bitter part.
When we were designing an earlier form of WorkXpress, no less than 20-30
percent of our engineering time went to what's known as "cross-browser
compatibility." This is the act of designing parallel pieces of code that
were separately invoked, depending on the browser. If a user had browser
version A, then one set of code would run. If a user had browser version B,
then another set of c... (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)
When my friend who works at an electronics retail store emphatically affirmed
he knew what cloud computing was, it made me both nervous and excited.
Cloud computing is becoming a ubiquitous concept. It has mass-market
implications for the technology industry, and it is advancing at speeds
rarely seen with any major technological evolution.
As a business leader, do you know why cloud computing is important to you?
What parts of your business should you be migrating to the cloud? Do you know
what you don't know about cloud computing?
First, cloud computing is about reducing complexity.... (more)