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)
I am not happy to see LucidEra disappearing. It is not a good sign for the
SaaS BI market in general and the startups in our space specifically. And I
still believe Rob Ashe (IBM/Cognos) was wrong when he said that “BI
doesn’t lend itself to SaaS”.
There are some fundamental differences between first generation SaaS BI
providers and true cloud-based platforms like Good Data. Some of them are
technological while others are simply common sense:
Good Data is based on true cloud architecture We use Amazon Web Services to
host our multitenant platform and so we have minimal fixed and ... (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)
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... (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)