Open Source at Cloud Expo
For small and mid-sized businesses, there often is a question about whether
to stick with tried and true software providers such as Microsoft for your
servers, e-mail and business applications or consider adoption of open-source
products such as Linux.
I've witnessed in this region some hesitation toward adoption of open-source
products. I believe it's important to be able to make a rational evaluation
of the two paths so you can make the best decisions.
First, what is open-source software?
Taken strictly, the term refers to software licensed under a specific type of
license requiring the source code be made freely available. Anyone can
contribute to the code base, but those contributions must be given freely to
the community and available for others to use. Anyone can use the software
and even modify it. However, if they attempt to resell ... (more)
As I mentioned last week, a reliance on cloud computing technologies made it
very easy to move my office from point A to point B.
One aspect I intentionally skipped was our network infrastructure. The cloud
is pretty useless if you don’t have Internet access.
For most businesses with more than a couple employees, Internet access means
getting a service provider to run a line to your business. It means a wiring
closet and a router, and it means enabling connections throughout your office
And if you want wireless, it means setting up all access points and security,
and then... (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 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 perc... (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)