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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 deployment, security, upgrades and so on. We operate software for our customers and we deliver it as service. Roman Stanek keynoting at Cloud Computing Expo Europe last May in Prague But there now seems to be a new way how to “throw software over the wall” again. Many software companies have repacka... (more)

Big Data Conundrum: Show Me the Money!

Inventory levels. Sales results. Negative comments on Facebook. Positive comments on Twitter. Shopping on Amazon. Listening to Pandora. Online search habits. No matter what you call it or what the information describes, it’s all data being collected about you. Thanks to new technologies like Hadoop, once-unquantifiable data (like Facebook conversations and Tweets) can now be quantified. Now, because nearly everything is measurable, everything is measured. The result: companies are spending big dollars to collect, store and measure astronomical amounts of data. Show me the data!... (more)

A Look Back at 2012: A Reminder to Cherish all Things Right and Good

As I look back at 2012, I’m reminded of Charles Dickens’ opening lines in A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” In the year now passing, we have seen Sandy’s fury and the horrors of Newtown, and we also have witnessed amazing acts of discovery, wonder and acts of kindness. I prefer to remind myself of the good things that happened — in the world around us and in my company, GoodData. Which is why my look back is one of thanks. And so, I give thanks for man’s curiosity and capacity to achieve great things. To me, the final flight of Space Sh... (more)

Looking for SOA in All the Wrong Places?

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 b... (more)

In BI, APIs Are the Cloud’s OEM

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)