Microsoft's licensing policies are driving on-demand ISVs to open-source alternatives. Even its latest acquisition, bought to fold into its own 'live' services, runs on Linux.
I am frankly bemused that anyone seriously believes Microsoft or anyone else is going to fund their on-demand applications from advertising revenues. The idea is complete bull.
Today's announcement of Microsoft's "live era" is a holding operation. Announcing an offering that doesn't exist yet is a ploy to buy time while the vendor brings it into being.
If Google bought Rearden Commerce, as one analyst has suggested, it would derail the latter's strategy of conquering the corporate market first on its path to world domination.
Old-school software developers believe that creating great software is a service for which they should be rewarded, year in, year out. On-demand vendors know they have to give users more.
Bugs in on-demand applications get fixed fast, sometimes in less time than you'd spend just holding to get through to tech support at on-premises vendors.
Take it from me, no one in their right minds who has a choice will ever voluntarily opt for an exclusively hosted desktop.
There are two tiers to the on-demand market: services designed for access via an API, and applications that assemble those services for the benefit of users.
People are used to the idea of paying by the minute for their phone services. It's the ideal platform for introducing the notion of payment for online content and services.
Steve Ballmer believes a 'short twitch' innovation cycle is once every nine months. For an on-demand vendor, that's not a short twitch cycle, it's a death twitch cycle.
Azul Systems it can help clear out racks and racks of servers from data centers by diverting Java VM calls to the company's proprietary SMP boxes.
On-demand applications start delivering returns even before you settle your bill for the first month's service - rBi instead of RoI.
Media and analysts praise AppExchange, competitors slam it. Here's a balanced view that cuts through the claim and counter-claim.
WebEx is serious about making headway in the small business and professional market with the launch of its new WebexOne division.
IDC last month published its first-ever list of the top 25 on-demand providers, based on 2004 revenues.