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)
It’s not a shock to state that cloud computing will disrupt the business
model of commercial software. But how it will affect the open source
The rise of open source is clearly linked to the rise of the web. Buy a
commodity piece of hardware, download source code of any of the thousands of
open source projects and start to “scratch your own itch”. My Linux box
will communicate with your Linux box as long as we stick to some minimal set
of protocols. The web is loosely coupled and software can be developed
independently in a bazaar style.
It’s not quite as straightforw... (more)
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 ... (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)
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 ev... (more)