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10. A cautious business climate This is at the bottom of the list for reason. If your goal is to get folks to understand and possibly early adopt your great new software idea, there may be stronger climates. However, here's the lesser-known corollary: People in this region are more comfortable doing business with other people in this region than they are with some unknown salesperson from a far-away place. If you are honest and trustworthy, you just might win over some loyal clients to your new idea. 9. Universities We have solid universities here in the region. You might not realize this, but schools such as Shippensburg, Juniata, Harrisburg University, Millersville, Kutztown and of course Penn State (to name only a few) are very approachable and aggressive. Sit down and talk with them about things you need, meet the professors, build relationships. Don't underestim... (more)

Does the cloud change age-old build-or-buy dilemma?

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)

PaaS Crossing the Chasm But Not as Expected

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. Ba... (more)

5GL PaaS

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)

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)