Fun and Communication

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This morning I woke up and found a message from my daughter on our Upwords game.  If you aren’t familiar with it, Upwords is like Scrabble, but you can also stack letters to make words; my family is addicted to it.  My daughter and I started doing this a few days ago.  I thought with all the high tech ways …

The Desktop OS may be Obsolete

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With Google’s announcement of a Google OS I started thinking that the desktop operating system as we know it may be on its way out.  Many people have talked about this for years, but I think its time may have come.  When I think about how I use my PC I notice that I spend a lot of time in …

Is a SaaS infrastructure just one big operating system?

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In his recent article Pod-Scale vs Warehouse-Scale Computing, Phil Wainewright talks about the differences between how Oracle and Microsoft view cloud and SaaS computing infrastructure and how Google views it.  Oracle talks about tailoring instances of their on-demand applications to different customers, time zones and functions.  This sounds like the old ASP model to me.  Google views their services as …

Is SaaS always right?

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In a recent blog post, David Meerman Scott talked about challenging conventional wisdom.  The current conventional wisdom is that Software as a Service (SaaS) is always right and that on-premise applications are always wrong.  In today’s challenging economy, many customers are looking at SaaS as the holy grail to help them cut costs.  While SaaS has a lot of advantages …

SaaS is more than cost cutting

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  Most organizations today view the move to SaaS as a cost cutting measure.  While this is clearly a major benefit, it is small when compared to the advantages of continuous improvements in functionality.  In a recent blog article, The Next Wave of SaaS, Jim Frome of SPS Commerce talks about 3 waves of SaaS.  In it he discusses that …

Is SaaS good for a vendor?

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With all the talk about Software as a Service (SaaS) being great for customers, I wondered if it’s a good deal for a vendor.  Creating a service can be capitally intensive and you may not get a payback until years later.  Some of the benefits for a customer are no upfront hardware and software investment, faster deployment, lower operating and …