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I’m a big fan of Dana Gardner (Dana Gardner's BriefingsDirect on Ulitzer), and he recently took a stab at discussing how organizational roles and their importance are likely to change with the growing adoption of cloud computing.  Specifically, Dana focuses on the role of the Enterprise Architect, and he correctly assesses their increased prominence in tomorrow’s organizations. While that represents an important incremental change, I see a much more transformative change on the horizon for organizations embracing cloud computing technologies.  Before I tell you what this more radical change is likely to be, let me tell you a true story; a couple years ago we were working with a customer to replace a number of legacy systems by migrating them on to a single platform as a service (PaaS) architecture.  I heard a customer say something to me that I realized was previou... (more)

How Cool is the Cloud?

Seven years ago we set out to build a technology that would solve the immense problems faced by business in adoption of technology. If you are not familiar with those problems, you need to familiarize with the now canonical Standish Groups’ Chaos Report, which among other things documents only a 32% rate of software projects completing successfully. During our journey, we encountered many cool things. From the beginning, we were early adopters of the LAMP stack; Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP. Further, we were able to leverage all sorts of open-source tools like WYSIWYG controls, ... (more)

Mobility – Cloud Computing’s Partner in Crime

As I mentioned last week, a reliance on cloud computing technologies made it very easy to move my office from point A to point B. One aspect I intentionally skipped was our network infrastructure. The cloud is pretty useless if you don’t have Internet access. For most businesses with more than a couple employees, Internet access means getting a service provider to run a line to your business. It means a wiring closet and a router, and it means enabling connections throughout your office space. And if you want wireless, it means setting up all access points and security, and then... (more)

The Web Browser Is King, Open Web Standards Are Queen

CNN recently reported on a funeral for Internet Explorer 6. Anyone who has been in the business of Web software development will tell you it's a bittersweet thing -- except without the bitter part. When we were designing an earlier form of WorkXpress, no less than 20-30 percent of our engineering time went to what's known as "cross-browser compatibility." This is the act of designing parallel pieces of code that were separately invoked, depending on the browser. If a user had browser version A, then one set of code would run. If a user had browser version B, then another set of c... (more)

Google Is Becoming Big Brother

My company recently started using Google's enterprise mail service. We did this as part of an effort to be more efficient and more competitive. Google has great administrators and programmers who manage the service, as well as spam-detection and firewall features. And the price is terrific. It is clearly a superior choice versus managing our own mail server the way we've done it for the past seven years. Something is definitely not right about it, though. I am using the Google mail client even as I write this blog, which I'll e-mail to someone who will review and publish it. In th... (more)