Last week I wrote a guest blog post for Washington Technology Industry
Association explaining What Applications Benefit the Most from the Cloud.
While working on the post I looked around the Web and once again was reminded
that, like with other technology the cloud is becoming more and more
confusing. Don't understand me wrong! I do love the technology but there is
always one thing that always baffles me - we (the techies) always invent new
fancy terms and try to use those to sell the technology (it even happens
quite often that we just call an old technology with new name and sell it
again). Well, we are pretty good at confusing our customers with our fancy
TLAs (TLA stands for three-letter-acronyms if you are wondering :)) hence I
decided to start a series of posts explaining the cloud with much simpler
One of my favorite questions when I interview people... (more)
As described in the last week's post NIST defines three different cloud
computing service models - IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. IaaS and SaaS are really easy
to grasp but I see people struggling to understand the PaaS model. As a
long-time application developer though I find the PaaS model the most
compelling one for new applications. Here is why.
I will look at two examples: one enterprise and one from the consumer world.
Let's start with the enterprise scenario. If you examine any enterprise
application portfolio you will find out that almost every development team
has implemented it'... (more)
While reading the news yesterday I stumbled upon the following article in
Puget Sound Business Journal - Why is Microsoft alienating its biggest
customers? IT pros want TechNet back. Everybody has the right to complain and
sign a petition but more important is to understand the message Microsoft
sends. Some think of it as "Microsoft doesn't care about IT Pros anymore",
and they may be right; but the message sounds to me more like "Hey, IT Pros
- the world is changing!" Although I think Microsoft could be a little bit
more responsive to the complaints, I don't think IT Pros should... (more)
In his opening keynote for Red Hat Summit, Jim Whitehurst, the CEO of Red Hat
asked the audience: "Name an innovation that isn't happening in Open Source -
other than Azure!" I can certainly add iPhone and AWS to the mix but let me
stick to the cloud topic with the following question: "How much Open Source
matters in the cloud?"
Let's first elaborate on a two misconceptions about Open Source.
Open Source Is Free
Not really! In the cloud doesn't matter whether you are running on an Open
Source platform or not - it is NOT free because you pay for the service. And
for long Open Sou... (more)
With cloud computing becoming the center of almost every new enterprise IT
project, more and more startups decide to compete in the area. This raises
the question: "Are they ready to fulfill the enterprise needs?" Forget the
need to have one big customer. This can open few doors but if your startup's
business strategy is wrong those will be shut down soon. It is true that one
prominent customer can boost your sales but in my opinion there are two more
important things that can help your startup get customers fast.
First question you need to ask yourself is: "Do I target the right ... (more)