Too often, discussions about "cloud computing" are met with skepticism and
inside jokes that it is more about marketing than it is about delivering real
value. In his excellent analysis of why Cloud Computing is disruptive, Ric
Telford over at IBM disagree's. He talks about a number of key factors that
create a disruptive technology, which he defines as the ability to rapidly
displace existing technologies. He mentions things like ease of use,
empowerment and efficiency. He alludes to dramatic productivity gains and
cost reductions, and he uses real examples.
I am particularly a fan of the "empowerment" aspect. I think the power of
empowerment can't be fully understood or understated. My uneducated feeling
is that much of the economic gains of the 90's had to do with productivity
increase that resulted from the rise of the PC and common tools like word
Historically, when we take something complex and make it simple, we open up
all sorts of opportunities for value. Think about the changes that happened
once the Web made it simpler to buy goods and services. Consider how mobile
phones and text messaging have empowered us to communicate faster and more
frequently. And consider what the word processor, e-mail and spreadsheets
have done for individual productivity.
Cloud computing is a lot like each of these three revolutions in that it
greatly reduces the complexity of otherwise technically challenging issues.
In so doing, it empo... (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.
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)
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)