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As I mentioned last week, a reliance on cloud-based 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 years, everything has been moving to computers. But it hasn’t always been easy. Many things about computers are highly technical, densely interrelated and generally frustrating. For businesses, it takes a lot of money to dive deeply into technology. Companies spend a material perc...
There’s a reasonably famous book in technology circles called “The Innovator’s Dilemma.” It basically says there are two types of innovations: those that appeal to existing markets by improving products, and those that appeal to new markets by offering new capabilities. I don’t thin...
When we speak of "cloud computing" we are typically referring to some sort of service which we use through the internet. However to most technologists a cloud tends to mean something a little bit more specific and more closely tied to a server. Up until a few years ago you would buy ...
Lately it seems like avoiding something or borrowing something without permission or just flat out stealing something is the key to get ahead in the world of technology. Bloomberg today published an article describing how Google pays only a 2.4% income tax in this country thanks to va...
The Oracle founder isn't afraid to say and do what he wants. Sometimes it takes a guy like him to say what needs to be said. Ellison famously lambasted Salesforce.com - which offers customer relationship management software and enterprise cloud computing - in a video a year ago. He ...
In the course of building custom software to manage a business process, you’ll frequently find the need for functionality another company has produced and is impractical for you to build. You would never want to recreate a credit card processing gateway, a database of satellite imager...
Microsoft recently released the beta of Internet Explorer 9 (IE 9). The company is tying the launch into a website called “Beauty of the Web,” which serves to propagate its message about IE 9’s many benefits. There are two things going on with this version of IE that make it a pivotal...
Cloud computing vendors and applications are sprouting up all over the place. At our company, WorkXpress we now use a range of cloud computing products to power several full-time mission critical functions. Key examples include our telephone system (we are very happy with Grasshopper.c...
10. A cautious business climate This is at the bottom of the list for reason. If your goal is to get folks to understand and possibly early adopt your great new software idea, there may be stronger climates. However, here's the lesser-known corollary: People in this region are more co...
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 potenti...
There are a lot of things people do in the course of a work day that can only ever be done by a human. Human tasks often seem too complicated to automate in a piece of software. As a result, businesses are forced to run inefficiently when compared with, for example, an assembly line. ...
As a Web application development company, we frequently encounter people seeking to produce software to address a specific need. In some cases, those needs are relatively common and in others they are unique. In all cases, the stated goal of the customized software is to automate proc...
The last thing you want for any software development effort is to have the developers stop caring about the quality of the results. If that happens, you are probably going to fail.
Once we understand what a good piece of business software needs to be able to do, we have to assemble the right team to do it. In the world of software development, there are many points where your project can fail, and this is one of the big ones. I have witnessed differences in dev...
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 ou...
Years ago, as a young employee, I loved snow days. But as a business manager, I've come to dislike them. The fact is, you can't sail the ship forward if you don't have crews at their stations.
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 l...
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...
A Nov. 30 article in the Business Journal covered some of our experiences with being a company listed on Wikipedia, and with that listing being challenged. I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the lessons we learned and provide some simple advice for those of you who would li...
We spend a lot of time talking to business managers about how their operations run. The perspective that we commonly face is one of "this is how we do it; we are looking for software to do it better." But from a business perspective, that is the wrong approach.
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 othe...
The main topic of this week and the most fundamental component of the cloud is infrastructure as a service (IaaS). This component refers to all the elements of delivering a Web-based service including servers, Internet connectivity, transport routing and sometimes higher-level function...
The cloud isn’t just about surface concepts like “storing all your data on S3” or “spinning up servers on GoGrid”; those things are just the beginning. What it is REALLY about is what each of those things in turn will enable! By making it easy to perform rote systems tasks, an entire...
Today, we are an early cohabitant of “The Cloud”, thanks in no small part to our adoption of all of the cool cloud enablers mentioned above. But to understand how cool cloud computing really is, you first have to understand that the cloud is still in its infancy, and already, it’s a c...
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...
I’m a big fan of Dana Gardner, 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 ...
Cloud computing is becoming a ubiquitous concept. It has mass-market implications for the technology industry, and it is advancing at speeds rarely seen with any major technological evolution. As a business leader, do you know why cloud computing is important to you? What parts of y...
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 ...
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 f...