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When we speak of "cloud computing" we are typically referring to some sort of service which we use through the internet. However to most technologists a cloud tends to mean something a little bit more specific and more closely tied to a server. Up until a few years ago you would buy a special type of computer called a "server" and install your operating system or other software on it. But today you can procure a "virtual server" without having to purchase any hardware at all. These virtual servers typically reside across multiple physical servers, and can even be moved quite easily from server to server. In other words, yesterday's concept of a server as a piece of hardware is now being replaced by the increasingly common concept of a server as a piece of software, aka a virtual server. In fact, the actual hardware you used to be required to purchase is becoming less... (more)

How Cool is the Cloud?

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)

The Cloud is a Radical and Transformational Change

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)

Automation for Sales - Part 2

To read part 1, click here. Sales operations commonly is one of the next functions businesses will automate after doing so to billing. Unfortunately, it also can be a difficult operation for which to quantify the benefit of automation. Typically, there are a number of key drivers that push a decision maker to invest in sales-force automation: Smaller customers or quotes are falling through the cracks; A desire to capture information on sales leads; so that if a salesperson leaves the company, all their sales pipeline information does not leave with them; There are enough salespeo... (more)

3GL vs. 5GL Custom Web Application Development

I read a great article today in which Sinclair Shuller makes an argument for traditional 3GL’s (.NET, Java) versus “new” 4GL (force.com) and 5GL (workxpress.com) platforms. In fact, he questions whether these platforms are more akin to the old Microsoft Frontpage product, which practically speaking, never did much to change website coding. Let me start by saying up front that I've devoted 10 years of my life to building exactly the type of new platform that he argues against. In fact, we consider it to be a 5th generation development language (5GL) platform for custom web applic... (more)