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)
We spend a lot of time talking to business managers about how their
operations run. The perspective that we commonly face is one of "this is how
we do it; we are looking for software to do it better." But from a business
perspective, that is the wrong approach.
First, the pain of software adoption is significant, and relatively
insensitive to scope of change involved. Whether your software project is
small or extensive, employees are going to be unhappy about it for anywhere
between a couple of weeks and several months. But with all change, people
eventually adjust and move on, a... (more)
The Oracle founder isn't afraid to say and do what he wants. Sometimes it
takes a guy like him to say what needs to be said.
Ellison famously lambasted Salesforce.com - which offers customer
relationship management software and enterprise cloud computing - in a video
a year ago. He pointed out with no small sense of bombast that there is a big
difference between inventing new technology and simply adopting a new name
that makes it seem like you've invented technology. In Salesforce's case, it
took its software-as-a-service and began calling it cloud computing,
seemingly ignoring... (more)
As I mentioned last week, a reliance on cloud computing technologies made it
very easy to move my office from point A to point B.
One aspect I intentionally skipped was our network infrastructure. The cloud
is pretty useless if you don’t have Internet access.
For most businesses with more than a couple employees, Internet access means
getting a service provider to run a line to your business. It means a wiring
closet and a router, and it means enabling connections throughout your office
And if you want wireless, it means setting up all access points and security,
and then... (more)