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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, time and date management libraries, an amazing JavaScript library called jquery, parsers, ftp servers, email and so much more. These things greatly accelerated our time to market.  Open sources was and remains really cool because it provides practical solutions to complex code problems. Soon ... (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)

Does the cloud change age-old build-or-buy dilemma?

Historically, when an organization needed software, it had two basic paths: buy something already built and use it as-is or build from scratch. Both paths have been fraught with peril, as witnessed by the 2009 CHAOS report that showed only 32 percent of projects being successfully completed and nearly one in four projects cancelled before completion. The problem with deploying pre-built software is that it is rigid and inflexible. Software builders didn't anticipate the processes your organization developed to meet customer needs and be successful. What's more, they had no plans to... (more)

Management Characteristics That Enabled 2009 To Be The Best Year

I'm pleased to report that several of our customers have told me that 2009 was their best year ever. In fact, as a percentage of our customer base, the number of customers reporting a strong 2009 is probably very far ahead of the market in general. Here's the contrarian statement, though: Despite the apparent causality, I don't attribute that success to WorkXpress platform as a service (PaaS). Rather, I think there are some common characteristics that managers who purchased WorkXpress tend to embody. I believe those characteristics lead them to make hundreds of decisions each we... (more)

WorkXpress Named Up and Coming Cloud Computing Company by BTC Logic

WorkXpress was named an Up-and-Coming Cloud Computing Vendor by BTC Logic. The Up-and-Comers segment is drawn from a database of smaller, innovative firms that offer novel approaches to specific Cloud problems that BTC believes warrant wider attention. BTC sees Up-and-Comers as potentially being interesting to IT executives who already have a broad view of the Cloud. The Cloud Computing Ranking Report by BTC is a service to BTC clients, and is intended to sort through the crowded Cloud marketplace. The report provides insight for companies looking to develop an effective Cloud str... (more)