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In the past four weeks I've discussed the benefits of cloud computing and its core components. My goal was to reveal the key value drivers of the cloud so you could better understand and evaluate ROI opportunities. I described two of the three core components of cloud computing,infrastructure and platform, each delivered as a service. But, in the end, your users will not work smarter or more efficiently because of either infrastructure or platforms (save software developers or IT staff); employees will be more effective because of the third core component, software delivered as a service. This component ultimately is what saves time, reduces costs and increases revenue. Like everything else in the cloud, software as a service (SaaS) is most commonly delivered in a Web browser and paid for based on usage; the more you use software, the more it tends to cost. However, ... (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)

Oracle’s Acquisition of Sun: Could They Damage Open Source?

MySQL Journal on Ulitzer Open source software, in brief, is software that is distributed under a specific type of license. Open source licenses attempt to ensure the code is freely distributed. The vision is of large communities of developers and users who both give and get software code freely. Note that this does not mean the code can't be "owned" per se, it just means that it has to be distributed without cost. Open source software has become an underpinning of most businesses. It also touches most consumer products. If you spend any time at all browsing the Web, you have mos... (more)

What's Your Innovation

There’s a reasonably famous book in technology circles called “The Innovator’s Dilemma.” It basically says there are two types of innovations: those that appeal to existing markets by improving products, and those that appeal to new markets by offering new capabilities. I don’t think it’s particularly hard to be innovative. All one has to do is walk down the street and identify any single thing that is causing some form of discomfort or irritation or challenge. Then just think of a way to do it better. It really is that easy. And it’s a fun exercise. Keep in mind we don’t always ... (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)