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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 choose from. 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 percentage of the software requests we see every day are from folks who, just five years ago, would have had a tough time getting into the software business. If you want to get into the software business, a revolution is about to happen; get on it. If you want to have simpler, faster software choi... (more)

The Lure of Luster in Application Development

As a Web application development company, we frequently encounter people seeking to produce software to address a specific need. In some cases, those needs are relatively common and in others they are unique. In all cases, the stated goal of the customized software is to automate processes to make a process more efficient so a business can be more profitable. The software’s appearance doesn’t contribute much to the effectiveness of the application. So why is it that appearance always plays so heavily into a purchase decision? Sometimes appearance works for our company, when a cu... (more)

PaaS Crossing the Chasm But Not as Expected

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. Ba... (more)

How Cool is the Cloud?

Seven years ago we set out to build a technology that would solve the immense problems faced by business in adoption of technology. If you are not familiar with those problems, you need to familiarize with the now canonical Standish Groups’ Chaos Report, which among other things documents only a 32% rate of software projects completing successfully. During our journey, we encountered many cool things. From the beginning, we were early adopters of the LAMP stack; Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP. Further, we were able to leverage all sorts of open-source tools like WYSIWYG controls, ... (more)

Hardware Scaling in the Cloud - Part 3 of 5

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 lines. The main topic of this week and the most fundamen... (more)