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Most businesses have an accounting system that makes sense for them. However, an accounting system by itself is far from an efficiently automated billing process. Because the accounting system usually is a silo that is wholly separate from other operational activities of the company, keeping its information current often creates the need for multiple redundant entries of the same data, inefficiencies and sources of error. Additionally, because the accounting system was designed to hold accounting data only, there often is a conflict over the need to hold extra data in one system over another, and in maintaining that data. Because sales and business needs require additional data -- such as grouping customers, products or events in unique and interesting ways -- reports generated by the financial system often aren't even good enough to manage the business at an operatio... (more)

Primitive Is the New Advanced

Mark Twain was credited with saying, "I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead." People figured out long ago that a letter with fewer words, though more powerful, was more difficult to write. It seems technologists only now are beginning to learn that lesson. Just a few years ago, technology was better when it had more features. Technology with fewer features was more primitive - think of digital versus analog. Whether you were in the auto industry or you were building software, it was your job to add features. If you were a marketer, it was your jo... (more)

PaaS Crossing the Chasm But Not as Expected

Many of us have spent years explaining to customers why our various versions of Platform as a Service (PaaS) are their best alternative for customization and deployment of business software applications.  Logically, there is little reason not to choose a PaaS as the core architecture for your businesses software.  However while there has been adoption, it hasn't occurred at the pace which it probably should given the magnitude of the value proposition.  This of course is the quandary called "the adoption cycle" that receives a lot of attention from authors and analysts alike. Ba... (more)

5GL PaaS

The debate has raged for some time now about the exact definition of a 5GL.  One might argue that there also is still some debate going on about what exactly is a Platform as a Service PaaS.  Throw together two semi-ambiguous industry-specific buzzwords and what do you get?  Well, for all of you cynics out there, the answer is NOT "a great marketing opportunity!" In all seriousness, taken together, the two do represent an ambitious vision of the future; a world where the "non-programmer", i.e. someone who does not have experience "writing code", can quickly create flexible softwar... (more)

Cloud Computing Adoption - Part 2 of 5

Historically, when we take something complex and make it simple, we open up all sorts of opportunities for value. Think about the changes that happened once the Web made it simpler to buy goods and services. Consider how mobile phones and text messaging have empowered us to communicate faster and more frequently. And consider what the word processor, e-mail and spreadsheets have done for individual productivity. Cloud computing is a lot like each of these three revolutions in that it greatly reduces the complexity of otherwise technically challenging issues. In so doing, it empo... (more)