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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)

When Will Cloud Come to PaaS? By @CKeene | @CloudExpo #Cloud

One of the perennial cloud predictions has been that 200x would be the year of the Platform as a Service (PaaS) cloud. The logic goes that if an automated data center in the sky is good, an automated development platform in the sky must be even better. “Normal” clouds like Amazon AWS give the developer a virtual computer to load their OS and App onto. PaaS gives the developer a virtual computer with the OS, database and middleware “pre-loaded,” thereby simplifying the deployment. Yet so far, PaaS adoption has been anemic and Gartner puts PaaS at 1% of the overall cloud market. ... (more)

Cloud Computing Scorned by Ellison

Chris Keene's "Keene View" Blog Larry Ellison recently unleashed a tub-thumping tirade against cloud computing. Here is a quote: "The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we've redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do. I can't think of anything that isn't cloud computing...The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women's fashion." Larry Ellison recently unleashed a tub-thumping tirade against cloud computing covered by Ben Worthen (with further comments from Daya Baran, Geva Perry and Dan Farber). Here is a q... (more)

Data Access for RIAs

ZapThink just produced a good report on the state of Web 2.0 tools entitled "Evolution of the Rich Internet Applcation Market." In the report, Jason Bloomberg and Ron Schmelzer of Zapthink highlight a critical gap in most RIA solutions: the inability to access data from within the UI. They then point to this as a major source of competitive advantage for Adobe: "Adobe stands alone as the only vendor who offers a commercial, RIA-specific data access product." It is probably not completely fair to expect Zapthink to include in last week's report a product that was released last wee... (more)

Cloud Computing Is the Destination, Not the Journey

Cloud Foundry at Cloud Expo I have had some interesting conversations recently with partners about how cloud computing will affect the developer tools market. I don't believe developers jump on a band wagon just because they like the wagon. They jump on the wagon because they like where the wagon is going! Roughly every 10 years, a technology disruption changes developer aspirations and drives them to adopt new tools that get them to new places. With client/server, developers aspired to build "modern" apps and break free of the bureaucracy of central IT. Cloud computing offers a sim... (more)