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)
On paper, there is nothing particularly special about the Apple iPad, which
is scheduled to arrive in retail stores Saturday.
Its performance and size are good but not revolutionary. By Apple’s own
admission, it’s similar to a netbook — a downsized laptop whose purpose
is to run browser-based or other light applications.
Because it’s Apple, the iPad will be more compact, user friendly, stylish
and come with a salty price tag.
But here’s why the iPad is important: It’s the next step in
Increasingly, we are lost without access to a computer and the Inter... (more)
I’m a big fan of Dana Gardner (Dana Gardner's BriefingsDirect on Ulitzer),
and he recently took a stab at discussing how organizational roles and their
importance are likely to change with the growing adoption of cloud
computing. Specifically, Dana focuses on the role of the Enterprise
Architect, and he correctly assesses their increased prominence in
While that represents an important incremental change, I see a much more
transformative change on the horizon for organizations embracing cloud
computing technologies. Before I tell you what this more ra... (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)
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)