Yesterday, I nearly drowned in a sea of extraneous data. In just one hour
during an important conference call, my laptop overflowed with 300 e-mails
from an email thread I frankly didn’t care about. Imagine how much time I
could have saved if my system knew I was unavailable, and sent me only the
two notifications I truly needed: That the customer I was on the call with
owed us an invoice, and that my next appointment was delayed by half an hour.
Clearly, enterprise users need an easy and intuitive way to parse all their
data into a useful context. Just as clearly, they also need to have the right
information delivered to them at the right time, on the right device. These
days, that device is likely to be mobile — be it laptop, smartphone or
tablet — as sales of desktop computers erode and enterprises increasingly
accommodate tablets in the workplace.
I say it’s ti... (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
A long time ago I came to the conclusion that “independent industry
analyst” was an oxymoron.
But the willingness to sell independence for cash reached a new low with
TDWI’s New SaaS Business Intelligence Portal.
Please visit the link and see if there is any trace of independence left...
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)
Every time I think about the current financial crisis I come to the
conclusion that the lack of transparency is the biggest reason why things got
so bad. There is an obvious implication for business intelligence but even
when I simply look up “derivatives and transparency” on Google Trends I
am surprised by the level of correlation between those two search terms over
last five years!
Tagged: derivatives, search, transparency, trends