In the phone industry, we became barraged by long-distance carriers and a
multitude of options.
In the utility industry, many of us are, for the first time, having to choose
from options we don't really want to understand.
When a patent expires on a drug we now have a plethora of generic drugs to
In all cases, the options and complexity grows. The prices also come down.
The same thing is about to happen in the software industry.
New tools and capabilities make building, selling and delivering Web-based
software solutions accessible to a much wider audience. A material percentage
of the software requests we see every day are from folks who, just five years
ago, would have had a tough time getting into the software business.
If you want to get into the software business, a revolution is about to
happen; get on it. If you want to have simpler, faster software choi... (more)
As a Web application development company, we frequently encounter people
seeking to produce software to address a specific need. In some cases, those
needs are relatively common and in others they are unique.
In all cases, the stated goal of the customized software is to automate
processes to make a process more efficient so a business can be more
The software’s appearance doesn’t contribute much to the effectiveness of
the application. So why is it that appearance always plays so heavily into a
Sometimes appearance works for our company, when a cu... (more)
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.
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)
In the previous two weeks, I wrote about why the cloud is important to you
as a business leader and provided some rationale for economic justification
of cloud adoption.
Over the next three weeks, I will take apart the three key components that
comprise the cloud: infrastructure, platform and software as a service. Each
is delivered as a cloud-based service. With an understanding of these
components, you will be able to keep your eyes and ears open for
opportunities to significantly impact your organization's top and bottom
The main topic of this week and the most fundamen... (more)