GoodData Session at Cloud Expo
September 24, 2009 - Terry Pratchett once wrote that “Gravity is a habit
that is hard to shake off”.
We could make a similar comment about the financials of SaaS BI companies. As
much as startups in this field would like to shake off their bad economics,
reality always catches up.
We’re seeing one after another SaaS BI startup to go out of business. Back
in June it was LucidEra and earlier this week Blink Logic ceased operations.
But anybody who only briefly looked at Blink Logic’s finances (it was a
public company) shouldn’t be surprised by this event.
Why do so many of the attempts to marry BI and SaaS fail? The problem is that
Saas BI sounds simple … simple enough to take an existing BI asset
(integration engine, open source analytical engine, columnar database,
dashboarding, even domain expertise & consulting) and just host it! All... (more)
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)
I spoke at the first Cloud Computing Expo Europe and I enjoyed the conference
very much. Here is my presentation:
PS. This presentation was featured today as one of the Top Presentations of
the Day by Slideshare…
Tagged: Cloud Computing Expo keynote, Europe
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
Show me the data!... (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)