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SaaS Customer Bill of Rights: right thing, right time

AG Customer Bill of Rights - SaaS - Live I'm not pimping this because Ray Wang and I happen to be collaborators or that I got a credit in the Altimeter Group report but because Ray and Jeremiah Owyang's SaaS Customer Bill of Rights is the right thing at the right time.
Written by Dennis Howlett, Contributor on

AG Customer Bill of Rights - SaaS - Live I'm not pimping this because Ray Wang and I happen to be collaborators or that I got a credit in the Altimeter Group report but because Ray and Jeremiah Owyang's SaaS Customer Bill of Rights is the right thing at the right time.

It is complementary and additive to Phil Wainewright's earlier work on this topic from the vendor position and comes just at a time when Microsoft is taking a battering for the Sidekick fiasco while Phil is documenting still more 'amateur' dramatics:

As I’ve often written in the past, big, established companies frequently over-estimate their competence at cloud computing and SaaS, simply because they fail to realize it’s far more than just a repackaging of what they already do. Unfortunately, their inability to grasp the emerging as-a-service business model and the demands of cloud-scale computing leave them performing like amateurs. The pity of it is, their arrogance and incompetence undermines trust in all cloud computing providers, even those that take their responsibilities seriously.

I could say exactly the same thing about slack attention to access controls in the SME SaaS space where today it really is the Wild West for open APIs. That's more a lack of maturity in thinking though something that needs to be addressed more generally.

As an aside, I've seen plenty of people poo-poo'ing SAP's as yet anemic cloud efforts with Business ByDesign. Given recent events and what both Phil and Ray are saying: would anyone prefer they didn't do more work before unleashing the marketing machine? They are after all the archetypal legacy player trying to figure out SaaS.  Just sayin'...

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