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A couple of months ago, I saw an online video by Google about their upcoming Google Wave platform for social networking. As I watched it, my mind raced back to the early 1990s when Lotus was the rising star and was introducing Lotus Notes as a revolutionary new groupware platform. Lotus was a pioneer and coined the term “groupware” to define Lotus Notes as it was a new paradigm in those days and could not be defined using the IT lingo of the day. Lotus defined “groupware” as a solution that empowers teams of people to work together by giving them three capabilities in a unified package, namely communications, collaboration, and coordination. Lotus called these “the 3 Cs of groupware.”
Sometimes a breakthrough paradigm shift eliminates the need for all kinds of things. Word processors and laser printers killed a lot of other things that were once thriving including typewriters, liquid paper, and Linotype machines. So it is with the Cloud. When I chat with my Director of Operations at Helpstream, we’re always chuckling about how much better life is in the Amazon Cloud for our company. As I read through unread blog posts with Google Reader, I’m going to note 10 things we don’t need to worry about since we’re in the Cloud: 1.
Lately, the topic of multi-tenancy and single tenancy has again come up for discussion. A leading on-premise vendor recently argued in favor of single tenancy by saying : "The bad thing with multitenancy is when it goes down, you guys write about it on the front page. I don't want to be on the front page for anything bad." Let me explain what this means for the customer versus the vendor by using an analogy. Airplanes carry a lot of people. When they go down or even have a small scare, they make front page news.
Market researcher IDC has published an upward revision to its market size projections for SaaS in 2009. At a time when most industries and economies around the world are slashing their growth forecasts into single digits or even negative territory, IDC now expects SaaS growth to surge by more than 40 percent in the current year. That's a significant move up from its previous forecast of 36% growth, published back in July when most economists were still trying to deny the onset of recession. SaaS's counter-cyclical boom is entirely due to the enhanced attractions of the model when times are bad, says IDC: "... the harsh economic climate will actually accelerate the growth prospects for the software as a service (SaaS) model as vendors position offerings as right-sized, zero-CAPEX alternatives to on-premise applications.
Oracle today announced a new centrally managed single-tenancy option for its SaaS CRM OnDemand application, along with various other features including unlimited custom objects. Existing prices remain the same, at $70 per user per month for the multi-tenant version and $125 per user per month for the previously available single-tenant enterprise version, which is a completely independent instance for which the customer can dictate its own upgrade and patch schedules. The new 'standard' single-tenancy option comes in at $90 per user per month. It's still a dedicated server but, unlike the 'enterprise' option, Oracle decides when it gets patched and upgraded.
While IT analysts and pundits are busy declaring SOA is dead, SOA has failed, and the downturn killed SOA, the hype of 2009 is Cloud Computing and the resurgence of Software as a Service (SaaS). ( Microsoft Azure being a prime example.) In my discussions with my corporate clients, as well as from my own extensive corporate history, I'm finding that allowing key corporate data and processes to leave the walls of the company controlled data center is the main mental barrier to SaaS and Cloud Computing. Even though companies are outsourcing business processes and the associated data that goes with them - as well as outsourcing some applications to hosting providers - the thought of deploying their applications to an amorphous cloud and depending upon the vendor to just "support and provision it appropriately" is a mental leap they're not yet prepared to make.
Warning : this is a long, complicated post. But, as I've explained before, that's what I think a blog is for . If you want brevity, try Twitter . Caveat emptor. Cloud computing.
Abstract This presentation will cover our latest incubation under the name BPM Zero to look at how to do BPM as a Service. One reason for doing this is to make it simpler for customers to get into BPM without a huge investment. Key enabling technologies that made this possible is RESTful SOA and Cloud computing.
Microsoft recently made a long-awaited announcement that they will be offering Web app versions of some of their Office suite applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. However, it must be noted that users will still need to purchase the full desktop version of Office applications. Fortunately, there are alternatives to the Microsoft Office monopoly with Web-based Office tools from Google, Zoho, ThinkFree and others. And unlike Microsoft, these online Office applications allow you to work offline, which means you can replace Microsoft's desktop version of Office along with its hefty price tag. Here's how to setup the most popular of these Web office tools to work in offline mode.
Planning to move to cloud computing will be a decision that takes time to sink in. For some companies, it will require a bit of a transition that could range from the addition of a simple partnering agreement to a complete reformation of the business the company represents. What do I mean, you might ask? Well, let’s take the pending case of the traditional Independent Software Vendor (ISV). Now, we are all familiar with ISVs. Wikipedia defines them thusly (assuming the link hasn’t morphed into a description of “Indiana Sushi Vendors” since I last looked.
An increasing number of BPM vendors are starting to talk about offering BPM software-as-a-service (BPM SaaS). These include Appian, Lombardi, Savvion and Ultimus. Given the buzz around SaaS, this is understandable as these vendors are trying to position themselves for a growing opportunity despite the fact that the SaaS model has serious challenges from a business perspective.
Cordys, a global leader in next generation Business Process Management (BPM) launches the Cordys Process Factory™, an On-Demand platform for developing and executing process enabled mashup applications (MashApps®). In support of the MashApps® concept, Cordys is also establishing an open, online community for Mashup development and a competition for all developers called Mashapps09 (see theprocessfactory.com). The Cordys Process Factory™ empowers small and medium size companies and departments of large organizations to use best practice and self defined BPM solutions in a 100% web-based environment without the need for capital expenditure, making faster business innovation a possibility for everyone, wherever they are located. Utilizing proven Cordys multi-tenant SaaS technology, the Cordys Process Factory™ offers a simple, reliable and secure solution for anyone, regardless of location, to create new business processes and web-based, process-centric applications, 24 hours a day.
Is cloud computing right for you? For the fledgling startup, the appeal of the cloud is obvious. Given how easily an entrepreneur’s vision can be stymied by a lack of technical and operations expertise, leveraging an Amazon EC2 or Google App Engine could provide the only viable option. But what about large enterprises that not only have an in-house technical staff to do their bidding, but existing data centers and deep pockets? Stacey has already identified issues with some cloud providers , such as security, reliability and portability. However, assuming they are all resolved, are there compelling reasons for large enterprises to even be interested in cloud services?
Photo Credit: cote H ave you heard? Michael Dell has been refused by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cash in on the buzzword, “cloud computing”.