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 particularly a fan of the "empowerment" aspect. I think the power of
empowerment can't be fully understood or understated. My uneducated feeling
is that much of the economic gains of the 90's had to do with productivity
increase that resulted from the rise of the PC and common tools like word
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)
A Nov. 30 article in the Business Journal covered some of our experiences
with being a company listed on Wikipedia, and with that listing being
I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the lessons we learned and
provide some simple advice for those of you who would like your organizations
listed on Wikipedia.
Wikipedia Moderators Make Hitler Look Like a Hobbyist
First, never post your organization on Wikipedia without understanding "the
rules" for all such articles. Your page will be speedily deleted, and you
will have created a history for yourself of having b... (more)
WorkXpress was named an Up-and-Coming Cloud Computing Vendor by BTC Logic.
The Up-and-Comers segment is drawn from a database of smaller, innovative
firms that offer novel approaches to specific Cloud problems that BTC
believes warrant wider attention. BTC sees Up-and-Comers as potentially being
interesting to IT executives who already have a broad view of the Cloud.
The Cloud Computing Ranking Report by BTC is a service to BTC clients, and is
intended to sort through the crowded Cloud marketplace. The report provides
insight for companies looking to develop an effective Cloud str... (more)