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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 implement those changes because many of their other customers wouldn't need them. So you're forced to change the way your business operates just to use the software. The other option - to build software from scratch - is much easier said than done. Since many software businesses struggle with... (more)

How and When to Automate Your Small Business

Everyone talks about using software to automate their business, but few actually are doing it. Even fewer are doing it well. The problem is that automating processes with software seems like a daunting task. Not only do you have to dive into the details of your business process, but someone has to become an expert in enabling technologies and then bridge the two disciplines. My opinion is that organizations rarely push software automation more than 20 percent of the way into their process. They trudge forward doing things the way they've always been done or applying stopgap measu... (more)

Oracle’s Acquisition of Sun: Could They Damage Open Source?

MySQL Journal on Ulitzer Open source software, in brief, is software that is distributed under a specific type of license. Open source licenses attempt to ensure the code is freely distributed. The vision is of large communities of developers and users who both give and get software code freely. Note that this does not mean the code can't be "owned" per se, it just means that it has to be distributed without cost. Open source software has become an underpinning of most businesses. It also touches most consumer products. If you spend any time at all browsing the Web, you have mos... (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)

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)