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)
CNN recently reported on a funeral for Internet Explorer 6.
Anyone who has been in the business of Web software development will tell you
it's a bittersweet thing -- except without the bitter part.
When we were designing an earlier form of WorkXpress, no less than 20-30
percent of our engineering time went to what's known as "cross-browser
compatibility." This is the act of designing parallel pieces of code that
were separately invoked, depending on the browser. If a user had browser
version A, then one set of code would run. If a user had browser version B,
then another set of c... (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)
WorkXpress was named an Up-and-Coming Cloud Computing Vendor by BTC Logic.
The Up-and-Comers segment is drawn from a database of smaller, innovative
firms that offer novel approaches to specific Cloud problems that BTC
believes warrant wider attention. BTC sees Up-and-Comers as potentially being
interesting to IT executives who already have a broad view of the Cloud.
The Cloud Computing Ranking Report by BTC is a service to BTC clients, and is
intended to sort through the crowded Cloud marketplace. The report provides
insight for companies looking to develop an effective Cloud str... (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)