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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 challenged. 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 been deleted. When you move to repost your article, you could be judged antagonistically as "spamming," even though that might not be your intent. The rules of Wikipedia govern a wide range of concepts, from worthiness for the existence of the article all the way to covering the nature of the ... (more)

Cloud Computing Adoption - Part 1 of 5

When my friend who works at an electronics retail store emphatically affirmed he knew what cloud computing was, it made me both nervous and excited. Cloud computing is becoming a ubiquitous concept. It has mass-market implications for the technology industry, and it is advancing at speeds rarely seen with any major technological evolution. As a business leader, do you know why cloud computing is important to you? What parts of your business should you be migrating to the cloud? Do you know what you don't know about cloud computing? First, cloud computing is about reducing complexity.... (more)

Saas-Based Time and Cost Reductions in the Cloud

In the past four weeks I've discussed the benefits of cloud computing and its core components. My goal was to reveal the key value drivers of the cloud so you could better understand and evaluate ROI opportunities. I described two of the three core components of cloud computing,infrastructure and platform, each delivered as a service. But, in the end, your users will not work smarter or more efficiently because of either infrastructure or platforms (save software developers or IT staff); employees will be more effective because of the third core component, software delivered as a... (more)

Oracle’s Acquisition of Sun: Could They Damage Open Source?

MySQL Journal on Ulitzer Open source software, in brief, is software that is distributed under a specific type of license. Open source licenses attempt to ensure the code is freely distributed. The vision is of large communities of developers and users who both give and get software code freely. Note that this does not mean the code can't be "owned" per se, it just means that it has to be distributed without cost. Open source software has become an underpinning of most businesses. It also touches most consumer products. If you spend any time at all browsing the Web, you have mos... (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)