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McKinsey & Company published a report predicting the market size for Software as a Service (SaaS) will exceed $37B market over the next 5 years. In particular, the report described the need for Independent Software Vendors to SaaS-enable their products using special-purpose SaaS development tools. Matt Asay also wrote recently that the growth of the top 60 software companies is driven by SaaS. McKinsey claims that traditional J2EE and .NET platforms are poorly suited to building SaaS applications. According to McKinsey, this opens up a $3B market for Platform as a Service (PaaS) products from new entrants like WaveMaker, Coghead and SalesForce. From the article: Although SaaS development platforms like SalesForce and Coghead have gotten a lot of attention, this market has so far been remarkably closed and proprietary. The Platform as a Service leader, Sale... (more)

PaaS *Is* Automation

Cloud computing has a challenge endemic to many Silicon valley advances - a great technology triumph somewhat disconnected from a clear business benefit. The developer version of cloud computing is PaaS (Platform as a Service). Like cloud computing in general, PaaS has struggled to articulate clearly why it deserves to capture the hearts and minds of enterprise developers Hipper web developers have had no such hesitations and have collectively leapt to cloud computing platforms like Heroku and Cloud Foundry for Ruby on Rails. This difference in adoption tells an important story. By a... (more)

Cloud Ready Computing

Cloud computing offers significant economies in deploying and managing applications. While enterprises are not yet ready to move mission-critical applications to cloud computing, CIOs and CTOs are increasingly wanting to create applications that are "cloud-ready." A cloud-ready application is based on an architecture which provides the flexibility to deploy the application to either a traditional data center or into a private or public cloud infrastructure. This flexibility ensures that enterprises can take advantage of cloud computing benefits whenever they choose. Being cloud-r... (more)

Running Chrome Inside of Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer, particularly versions 6 and before, are the bane of any web developer's existence. The Internet Explorer versions Microsoft produced during the competion-free era between when Netscape died and Firefox came on the scene are masterpieces of monopolistic neglect. IE 5 and IE6 are slow, proprietary and just plain awful to work with. Worst of all, Microsoft guaranteed themselves longtime domination of the corporate browser market through this cynical behavior because all the web apps built for IE 5 and 6 are so full of hacks that they won't run on "modern" browsers... (more)

Building Killer Apps with Big Data

One thing that gets lost in the general Big Data hubbub is the critical question of apps. Big Data can provide stunning business insights but unless those insights are embodied into an application that can galvanize new business behaviors they are not worth much. VMware has been a thought leader in the area of cloud application platforms for some time. Now we are turning our attention to the intersection of Big Data and Cloud Computing. What does it take to build applications that can move easily between private and public cloud while accessing data inside and outside of the firew... (more)