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)
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)
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)
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)
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)