Moore’s Law states that computer system performance/price ratio will double
every two years. And that was very much my expectation when Good Data started
using Amazon Web Services almost 2 years ago. But I had to wait until today
to see Moore’s Law at work: Amazon announced 15% drop of EC2 prices. The
price of the small Linux instance was constant at $0.10 per hour for the last
two years – now it will be $0.085.
15% in 2 years – not exactly the exponential growth in the
performance/price curve that I expected. And I started to wonder why. Here
are my two explanations – I believe the second one is more likely:
AWS prices were set way too low to attract developers two years ago.
Moore’s Law helped the price to catch up with the real cost of running the
cloud. AWS is a monopoly and Moore’s Law does not apply.
What? Cloud and monopoly? Isn’t utility computing a perfect ex... (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
No other major SaaS company in the world could get away with this approach to
paying customers. Not only Google offers no user-friendly tools to add shared
contact to the paid version of Google Apps. They offer no tools. Period.
Here is the only information available to email administrators:
Administrative management of non-employee contacts now available
Premier Edition administrators can now add contacts that aren’t employees
of their own company to the contact list that each user can access in the new
standalone contact manager.
First, create an XML representation of the shared ... (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)
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)