Matt Deacon's digestive blog

Architectural ruminations

February, 2007

  • Count down to Insight

    The 2nd Architect Insight Conference is just a few weeks away and to keep an eye on what's happening and what comes out of it we've set up the following blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/ArchitectInsight
  • SaaS: For dummies

    SaaS is a continually evolving mix of existing and emerging technologies and business models and as I have suggested seems to be best described in terms of the following six characteristics (although I am sure there are more). Application ...
  • 6. SaaS: Reach

    The final and perhaps all encompassing characteristic of SaaS is described in terms of reach or rather the size of the new global markets into which these products instantly play. This is an obvious draw but with significant side effects. The fact that...
  • 5. SaaS: Community

    Another common characteristic of SaaS at present is the emergence of the online SaaS developer communities that typically surround a particular application often extending the platform capabilities, providing integration solutions etc. These often arise...
  • 4. SaaS: Management

    SaaS applications are characteristically completely managed by the vendor . The implementation of management tasks and responsibilities is opaque to the subscriber and Service-level agreements (SLAs) govern the quality, availability, and support commitments...
  • 3. SaaS: Location

    In terms of location a SaaS Application is most readily associated with that of an internet hosted web application (and hence hosting may have been a better description in hindsight). However, in reality this only represents one of many location (hosting...
  • An interview at last;)

    Got my first blog interview for partner perspectives the other day which was kinda fun ...
  • 2. SaaS: Licensing

    One of the most defining characteristics of SaaS is probably that of licensing provided as a subscription-based model rather than the single up-front license fee sold for perpetual use as described by traditional software “products”. This subscription...