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Suresh Sambandam

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Manufacturing industries have been the cradle for most business processes we see today. It is quite well known that organisations in the manufacturing industry use various methodologies and exceptional ERP systems to keep processes optimized. However, the likelihood of processes falling through prevails at every juncture of human interaction. With every step in organisations requiring an approval, approval processes are key regions with numerous avoidable cracks. Atlas Roofing Corporation is an innovative manufacturer of residential and commercial building materials with over 19 manufacturing facilities in North America and worldwide product distribution. An organizations of this size is bound to have a set process for every activity, each of them going through an approval cycle before the final call is made. The effort of giving a structure to these processes goe... (more)

Clearing the Confusion Around "Private Cloud"

I was on a LinkedIn thread titled ‘How cloud computing is different from SaaS‘ where Rick Chapman who runs SoftLetter and SaaS University went on beating on this question ‘What is a private cloud’? It is definitely worth it given the tremendous amount of confusion in the term ‘Cloud’ in general and ‘Private Cloud’ in particular. The motivation for this post is Rick and supported by a tweet I read around the same time from ‘Carl Brooks‘ who is a technology writer on Cloud at TechTarget. Let me give it a shot. First, Cloud is about leveraging economies of scale whether it is public o... (more)

Why Most Visual Development / 4GL Tools Fail? – Part 1

Part 1 : Top down vs Bottom Up   There are quite a few visual development tools that have failed in the past. When I say past, I meant the pre-cloud era. The commercially successful ones are Visual Basic, PowerBuilder (just googled and found out that PowerBuilder still exists under Sybase) and Oracle Forms 4.5. Although, popularity and merits of the language need not co-relate.  :-) ! And, there are quite few that have come up in the current cloud paradigm. Few Examples : Coghead (already in dead pool), VisualForce of Force.com, WaveMaker, Zoho Creator. My POV is on the approach... (more)

Shouldn't PaaS for Enterprises Be More than DevOps?

This is Part 2 in my series on the topic of PaaS (Platform as a Service) and in this post I cover why PaaS for enterprises is more than just DevOps and a larger "technology convergence" in the core "Software Engineering" area is leading this perfect storm called PaaS. The first part is: What is PaaS all about? - Part 1: It's about Abstraction Before I go deep into this topic, I want to clarify "technology convergence" from "programming environment optimization" primarily in the context of this post. The programming environment optimization is more commonly referred as "DevOps". ... (more)

Cloud, PaaS and the Rise of the Visual Developers

This is part 3 of my post in the PaaS Series. My earlier posts in this series are : Part 1:  It's all about Abstraction Part 2: PaaS for enterprises is more than DevOps! Cloud Computing , more specifically Platform as a Service (PaaS) is changing the business app developer demographic forever. Or should I say that, PaaS is reviving or giving a new lease of life for productivity focused business developers. The kind that existed during the Client-Server paradigm empowered by Power Builder, Developer 2000, Visual Basic and the likes. Pardon me for using a poor - Jurasic metaphor! ... (more)