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
called jquery, parsers, ftp servers, email and so much more. These things
greatly accelerated our time to market. Open sources was and remains really
cool because it provides practical solutions to complex code problems.
Soon ... (more)
Thank you Mike Vizard for your discussion of why cloud computing will drive
more custom application development.
This is the point that seems to keep getting skipped in the many theoretical
considerations of whether “the cloud” is hype or revolution. People are
talking a lot about data center consolidation and reduction of IT
expenditures, or shifts from capital expenditures to operating expenditures,
and frequently in a tone that questions whether this even represents a
material improvement. But in so doing, they are missing the real value gains;
the cloud is about a radical an... (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)
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)
In the previous two weeks, I wrote about why the cloud is important to you
as a business leader and provided some rationale for economic justification
of cloud adoption.
Over the next three weeks, I will take apart the three key components that
comprise the cloud: infrastructure, platform and software as a service. Each
is delivered as a cloud-based service. With an understanding of these
components, you will be able to keep your eyes and ears open for
opportunities to significantly impact your organization's top and bottom
The main topic of this week and the most fundamen... (more)