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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)

Disruptive Nature of Cloud Computing and PaaS

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 particular... (more)

Software Should Be Creative

We spend a lot of time talking to business managers about how their operations run. The perspective that we commonly face is one of "this is how we do it; we are looking for software to do it better." But from a business perspective, that is the wrong approach. First, the pain of software adoption is significant, and relatively insensitive to scope of change involved. Whether your software project is small or extensive, employees are going to be unhappy about it for anywhere between a couple of weeks and several months. But with all change, people eventually adjust and move on, a... (more)

Oracle Founder Right About Salesforce.com

The Oracle founder isn't afraid to say and do what he wants. Sometimes it takes a guy like him to say what needs to be said. Ellison famously lambasted Salesforce.com - which offers customer relationship management software and enterprise cloud computing - in a video a year ago. He pointed out with no small sense of bombast that there is a big difference between inventing new technology and simply adopting a new name that makes it seem like you've invented technology. In Salesforce's case, it took its software-as-a-service and began calling it cloud computing, seemingly ignoring... (more)

Mobility – Cloud Computing’s Partner in Crime

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 space. And if you want wireless, it means setting up all access points and security, and then... (more)