There is a fundamental shift that is happening to ‘enterprise apps' in the
SaaS world when compared to the On-premise ERP world. I tried to google for
ERP vs SaaS and found articles like these:
SaaS vs Traditional ERP : 5 Key Differentiators(http://it.toolbox.com) A Tale
of Two Software Worlds: Old ERP vs. SaaS(http://www.zdnet.com) Impact of SaaS
on the enterprise ERP market(http://www.infoworld.com)
While, there is nothing wrong with these articles - I wasn't able to find one
that addressed what I feel is a much more fundamental shift in the way the
SaaS applications are / will be built. This thought has been running in my
mind for quite sometime now and I indeed talked about this to Zinnov
Research in a long research interview around 4 months ago. They did produce a
great slide based on our discussion - more on that later in this blog. So,
as I didn't find much s... (more)
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 (and has its own Journal) 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 taken to
solve the ... (more)
This is the first part of the multi-part series on "What is PaaS all about?"
Let’s start by looking at the “Platform” story prior to Cloud.
Enterprise IT did a lot of heavy lifting. They handcrafted the platform by
combining various products such as App Servers, Web Servers, Databases,
Middleware, Integration Servers, Portal Servers, and Workflow Engines.
Not only did Enterprises IT create a unique combination for them, they also
ended up redundantly deploying it for various projects within the enterprise.
There was no common or central runtime platform, although they always
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)
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)