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". This picture from Wikipedia describes the problem space of
"DevOps". (Check out this post on: What is this DevOps thing, anyway?)
To deliver agile projects with continuous integration approach significant
coordination is required between Software Engineering, QA and Release
management teams. ... (more)
I readily agreed when Ramasubramaniam VP of Chennai PMI Chapter asked me to
speak on ‘Cloud Computing’ – obviously ! But, I realized the twist
only later. The topic was ‘Cloud Computing and Project Management –
Impact on Global Delivery Model’. ! Hmm.. project management is not one
of my favorites but having agreed to speak in the event, I had no choice but
to give a hard thought on this topic.
Simply put the way I have internalized Project Management at the activity
level is the PDCA model i.e., Plan - Do - Check - Act. But what really
matters is the end result that a projec... (more)
Change. Continuous change is what we have witnessed, since computing began
way back in the 1960s. We have had many transformational waves on how the
software is built, deployed and accessed - from the COBOL and mainframes to
client/server and PCs, to the web, to multi-tier and the whole 9 yards of how
code was written, arranged, deployed and managed.
And, then, cloud came with the mother of all changes and changed everything
across the board. Not just technology change, but also brought about
innovative approaches to the business models and delivery models. Platform as
a Service... (more)
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)
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)