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Whenever the issue of cloud computing is brought up in business circles, I get a range of responses. There are the eyes-wide-with-wonder folks, the people who truly enjoy and embrace new technology and for whom the cloud is the next great mystery they are waiting to see revealed.
My company recently started using Google's enterprise mail service. We did this as part of an effort to be more efficient and more competitive. Google has great administrators and programmers who manage the service, as well as spam-detection and firewall features. And the price is ter...
I read a great article today in which Sinclair Shuller makes an argument for traditional 3GL’s (.net, java) versus “new” 4GL (force.com) and 5GL (workxpress.com) platforms. In fact, he questions whether these platforms are more akin to the old Microsoft Frontpage product, which practic...
I’m in San Francisco to meet with a leading analyst firm in the technology industry. It is developing a detailed report on platform as a service, which is attracting considerable attention these days. To give you an example of why there is so much interest in these cloud-computing-base...
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 bro...
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, thou...
New tools and capabilities make building, selling and delivering Web-based software solutions accessible to a much wider audience. A material percentage of the software requests we see every day are from folks who, just five years ago, would have had a tough time getting into the softw...
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 som...
First, we have spent an enormous amount of time and money developing our Web site. These days, a Web site is all-consuming. It includes positioning, branding, support, infrastructure, training materials, community development, sales operations, bug reporting. The list goes on. There is...
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, k...
Businesses provide many different types of fulfillment. Some fulfill by keeping shelves properly stocked, and then delivering from that stock. Some businesses go a step further and manufacture or assemble those products. Others provide professional services such as engineering, case ma...
Order entry and management is a particularly tricky automation challenge because it intersects and connects many different departments and cultures. Properly done, an order is generated directly from a quote, which was created with a tie to inventory. The order is then passed to a st...
A new system should increase a salesperson's productivity by making it faster and easier to do common tasks. He or she should be able to enter data faster, write an e-mail faster, look up information on an account faster, even generate a quote faster. Because he or she is doing everyth...
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...
I’m of the opinion that Mr. Ellison didn’t get to where he is by completely misunderstanding or arbitrarily dismissing major trends in the marketplace. The value proposition of cloud computing is clear and significant. Because my firm, WorkXpress has delivered the value first hand, I w...
Like everything else in the cloud, software as a service (SaaS) is most commonly delivered in a Web browser and paid for based on usage; the more you use software, the more it tends to cost. However, the economic benefits of SaaS really fall into two categories. The first category is t...