Some people say that it takes ten years to take a new operating system from concept to production-ready. It seems to me that the notion of the cloud as a single, global super-computer, now ten years old, is finally reaching maturity.
Software as Services
In the best-informed blog on software-as-a-service and on-demand business applications, Phil Wainewright cuts through the vendor spin, analyzes the trends to watch and adds his thought-provoking insig
Since 1998, Phil Wainewright has been a thought leader in cloud computing as a blogger, analyst and consultant. He founded pioneering website ASPnews.com, and later Loosely Coupled, which covered enterprise adoption of web services and SOA. As CEO of strategic consulting group Procullux Ventures, he has developed an evaluation framework to help ISVs and enterprises select cloud platforms, and advises US and European vendors on messaging, positioning and go-to-market. His newest role as an industry advocate is vice-president of EuroCloud.
What are the platform-as-a-service options now available to developers and business people looking to build ready-to-run cloud applications? This 3-page article reviews the PaaS landscape in the wake of last week's Salesforce.com announcements.
Hundreds of startups and enterprising small cloud vendors could be facing extinction today in the wake of Salesforce.com's announcement of Database.com, its database-as-a-service offering.
A survey of supposedly conservative IT decision makers has found that 9 in every 10 see cloud as an opportunity to reduce costs and smooth operational performance rather than a threat to security and reliability.
The appointment of JP Rangaswami as Salesforce.com's first chief scientist could push the company in an even more radical direction than we've already seen if he's given any say in product strategy.
Microsoft Windows turns 25 this month, and by happenstance it's also the 25th anniversary of my first job in the computing industry. Quite a few milestones for me since then have been November events.
Microsoft, a most unlikely ally, has published a white paper that shows private cloud solutions are up to 40 times *less* cost-effective than public cloud alternatives for many companies. It vindicates my prediction that private cloud will be discredited by year-end.
Mobile, social and on-demand call centers are among the factors that are fundamentally changing the way brand name companies interact with consumers. SaaS vendor RightNow delivers technology to help them harness those trends.
All these fake cloud propositions share a determination to lull customers into a twilight world of the computing undead where nothing has changed. Ignore their siren appeals.
Forgive the pun, but Rockmelt and Seesmic are both omens of a tectonic shift that will shake up today's browsers and replace them with a new generation. But what will that new generation look like?
Oracle was the loser when SaaS stalwart RightNow decided to move its financials to NetSuite OneWorld. Oracle lost the deal, says RightNow's CEO, because it couldn't be trusted on pricing.
Dell buying cloud integration vendor Boomi makes no sense to me. And it worries me, because there aren't that many pureplay vendors left out there and where are customers going to go when every cloud middleware vendor is a lock-in?
User curated content is existing content which a user has filtered, flagged or organized in some way. Already big on YouTube and Twitter, it's even more important in enterprise apps because of its impending impact on working patterns and business process.
With refreshing frankness, end user executives have 'fessed up' that cloud ERP is more reliable, more secure and less risky than the on-premise alternatives, speaking in a user panel at OnDemand Europe 2010 in London today.
Buyers of cloud and SaaS are often stumped because they don't know what questions they should be asking. The industry has a responsibility to help buyers out with a common template that everyone can use to evaluate cloud services.