Systinet’s founding CTO and my friend Anne Thomas Manes pronounced the
demise of SOA a few weeks ago. Honestly, SOA lost its meaning for me on the
day when good, old Solaris became the “SOA operating system”. But is SOA
dead or not? I don’t believe so but I think that Anne and others are
looking for SOA in the wrong places. Here is why:
Part of our Systinet SOA pitch was this truism: “SOA is not something you
can buy”. We believed that SOA didn’t come in a box and companies have to
invest time and money to build it. And maybe this is the crux of the problem.
What if the act of building internal service blueprint is beyond the
capabilities and budgets of the individual customers? Go to the SOA mailing
list and try to understand how to build your own SOA and you can spend the
rest of your life reading the discussions and related blogs and comments.
My point is that I... (more)
SaaS Journal on Ulitzer
Back in the old good days of enterprise software, we did not need to worry
about our customers. We delivered bits on DVDs – it was up to the customers
to struggle with installation, integration, management, customization and
other aspects of software operations. We collected all the cash upfront, took
another 25% in annual maintenance. Throwing software over the wall …
that’s how we did it. Sometimes almost literally…
I now live in the SaaS world. My customers only pay us if we deliver a
service level consistent with our SLAs. We are responsible for deploym... (more)
BI on Ulitzer
Peter Yared wrote recently a BusinessWeek guest blog post called “Failure
of Commercial Open Source Software.”
Not surprisingly his post caused a lot of angry replies from people who work
for COSS companies. “The emperor is not naked” they argued.
I believe that the COSS emperor is openly naked. And the discussion
shouldn’t be whether COSS is a complete or a partial failure just because
there are few successful exits that Peter neglected to mention. At the end of
the day Peter’s comment that “selling software is miserable” is true.
Every sales rep involved in selling ... (more)
To put it simply, I am in the business of building platforms.
NetBeans was the first extensible Java IDE platform with plug-ins back in
1999. Systinet had a product that was actually called Web Application &
Services Platform (WASP). But both NetBeans and Systinet were “only” what
my investor Marc Andreessen calls Platform Level 2:
This is the kind of platform approach that historically has been used in
end-user applications to let developers build new functions that can be
injected, or “plug in”, to the core system and its user interface.
(Everyone should read Marc’s excellent ar... (more)
Business Intelligence projects are famous for low success rates, high costs
and time overruns. The economics of BI are visibly broken, and have been for
years. Yet BI remains the #1 technology priority according to Gartner. We
could paraphrase Lee Iacocca and say: People want economical Business
Intelligence solutions and they will pay ANY price to get it.
Nobody argues with the need for more Business Intelligence; BI is one of the
few remaining IT initiatives that can make companies more competitive. But
only the largest companies can live with the costs or the high failure rates... (more)