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Open Source at Cloud Expo For small and mid-sized businesses, there often is a question about whether to stick with tried and true software providers such as Microsoft for your servers, e-mail and business applications or consider adoption of open-source products such as Linux. I've witnessed in this region some hesitation toward adoption of open-source products. I believe it's important to be able to make a rational evaluation of the two paths so you can make the best decisions. First, what is open-source software? Taken strictly, the term refers to software licensed under a specific type of license requiring the source code be made freely available. Anyone can contribute to the code base, but those contributions must be given freely to the community and available for others to use. Anyone can use the software and even modify it. However, if they attempt to resell ... (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)

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)

Software Revolution Is About To Explode

In the phone industry, we became barraged by long-distance carriers and a multitude of options. In the utility industry, many of us are, for the first time, having to choose from options we don't really want to understand. When a patent expires on a drug we now have a plethora of generic drugs to choose from. In all cases, the options and complexity grows. The prices also come down. The same thing is about to happen in the software industry. New tools and capabilities make building, selling and delivering Web-based software solutions accessible to a much wider audience. A material perc... (more)

IPad: Changing the Future of Computing

On paper, there is nothing particularly special about the Apple iPad, which is scheduled to arrive in retail stores Saturday. Its performance and size are good but not revolutionary. By Apple’s own admission, it’s similar to a netbook — a downsized laptop whose purpose is to run browser-based or other light applications. Because it’s Apple, the iPad will be more compact, user friendly, stylish and come with a salty price tag. But here’s why the iPad is important: It’s the next step in human-computer interaction. Increasingly, we are lost without access to a computer and the Inter... (more)