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!
There’s a name for this movement: Big Data. Not only is it a name, it has
been the “it, it” of 2012, possibly trumping “the cloud.”
IDC defines Big Data as projects collecting 100 terabytes of data (hence the
name), comprising two or more data formats. Earlier this year, the research
firm ... (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)
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
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)
Elasticity of the cloud computing is a wonderful idea. You can get an
instance of networked computer exactly when you need it and you only pay for
the time when you actually use it. But while the virtual memory and hard disk
is a “clean slate” created specifically for you, the IP address assigned
to your instance may have been previously used by a spammer and it could be
already on a “spam blacklist”. In an extreme case the whole IP address
range can be marked as a source of spam. And this is exactly what happened to
Amazon’s EC2: “Go Daddy blocks links to EC2 “.
The problem is ... (more)