The Most Important Question to Ask Before Automating Your Workflow (and Two
Having automated workflows sounds like a sexy thing. And it is. It feels
pretty awesome to be able to initiate a process with a button and forget
about it while the work gets done.
But that doesn’t mean you have to automate every process in your office. I
mean, I think people can take care of replacing the copy paper on their own,
right? Right? Come on, people.
Because automation shouldn’t be blatantly applied to every corner of your
business, it’s good to start with a very basic question before you begin.
There are a lot of ways to improve your business – why are you looking to
automation? What do you hope to get out of it?
Here are some good and bad reasons companies automate their processes.
I want to save time. Automated workflows help you spend less time ... (more)
It can be argued that Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a
Service (SaaS) have been sufficiently commoditized so as to neutralize any
"breakthrough" competitive advantage they might originally have presented. In
simple terms, once everybody's doing it, you have to do it just to keep pace.
If only one bank had Automated Teller Machines, that bank would have a big
advantage. Today, things like ATM's and online banking are commodity
offerings. Without them, a bank could not stay in business. We're rapidly
getting to the point where the same can be said for enterprise... (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)
As you are reading this, KiSSFLOW‘s payment handling mechanism has been
completely moved out of Google Wallet.
KiSSFLOW, from day one has been a product that was built keeping Google Apps
Users in mind and we consciously decided to use Google technologies all-out.
We use Google App Engine, Google Cloud Storage, Google Big Query, Google
Cloud SQL and just about every Google Cloud technology that is out there.
We are extremely happy with Google’s Cloud Services and Support. But one
product has been a pain for us for a while now – Google Wallet.
When Google started moving away from... (more)
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15-20 years ago, enterprise application development, as we know today,
wasn’t all that clear. All I can deduce, in a retrospective analysis –
digging the internet, is that people knew the different puzzle pieces which
are needed, in building an enterprise application. For example,
Need for abstracting business rules for modifying rules separately from
rest of the application lead to the creation of the the BRE category with
companies like iLog (now with IBM), Selectica (my ex-employer which is no
longer in the BRE space – sad!), Talarian... (more)