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Every other day there is a new cloud product / platform announcement. Not just startups, even the mega ISVs are jumping onto the cloud bandwagon. Oracle's Larry Ellison first said cloud is all crap and then announces ‘Cloud-in-a-box,' sort of an oxymoron, and in this year's OOW Oracle made a flamboyant announcement - this is just one of the more popular samples. The platform-as-a-service landscape is muddied every day as more vendors are cloud washing their offerings. With all this, I thought it would be a good attempt to demystify different platform categories in the cloud with some vendor examples. There are two broadd categories of PaaS platforms: aPaaS - Application Platform as a Service iPaaS - Integration Platform as a Service In this post, I want to focus on aPaaS, i.e., Application PaaS. There are three categories of aPaaS: Instance PaaS Framework PaaS Meta... (more)

Data Model - Hero of Your Story, Sorry, Project!

This post is an elaboration of one of the features of Visual PaaS, i.e., data model designer. Here the full list of features. Visual PaaS (meta-data PaaS) is purpose built for developing business applications like Order Management, CRM, Dealer Management Systems, Claims Processing - type applications. In such applications, the success of the project is determined by the strength of the "data model" created by your solution architect/designer. In our experience in building very complex enterprise applications for large conglomerates, like Unilever, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Citi Group... (more)

Visual PaaS: If Data Is King, Then Logic Is Queen

Or, should this title be If Data is Queen, then, Logic is King - Queen (data) being the protected - in Object Oriented terms! Jokes apart, in the last post, I talked about the importance of Data Structure, i.e., data model and now you can understand why it is logical and important to talk about Business Logic. You can't imagine any business application without a business logic/rule. Yet, business rules are the most abused term and the least understood. Everybody knows the importance of it, but sadly everyone has a cliched understanding. In this post, I set out to articulate busi... (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)

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)