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  • Blog Post: Implications for the Future of IT

    I went over to Essex University the other week to give the 1 st year and post-grad computer science students a lecture that focused on something I called “IT Mega-trends” in the afternoon I held a workshop to discuss what implications these trends might have on the students. We split them into 4 groups...
  • Blog Post: WAX Workshop

    On Tuesday I ran WAX ; a Workshop to discuss the intersection of existing and emerging architectures including SOA, Web 2.0, SaaS etc. with 24 guys from a diverse set of backgrounds including Analysts, Vendors, Enterprises and Web 2.0 companies (see the WAX site for names). The day was split into...
  • Blog Post: 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 Licensing Location Management ...
  • Blog Post: 1. SaaS: Application

    Today a SaaS application is most readily recognised and associated with user interactive web applications accessed directly over the internet (eg. the web application). Already synonymous with the SaaS phenomena is the likes of the infamous Salesforce.com for example. However, SaaS as a concept caters...
  • Blog Post: 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 that the provider makes to the subscriber ...
  • Blog Post: 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 you are ‘instantly’ global can work in two ways;...
  • Blog Post: 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 out of the early adoption community and can prove...
  • Blog Post: WAX pictures

    The first set of pictures from wax can be found here !
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the World of ME!

    The following diagram provides a view of the user significant business drivers that were identified during WAX . The power of 'ME' when measured in millions is an extremely significant force .... welcome to the "World of Me"!
  • Blog Post: Six characteristics of SaaS

    The world of IT doesn’t stand still and never has this been truer than it is today. SOA and related concepts are still riding strong on the wave but a new contender is starting to make its way through into the mainstream; this being the concept of Software as a Service (SaaS). SaaS is a very nebulous...
  • Blog Post: Rise of the SaaS Appliance!

    It's been an interesting month, been talking a lots of interesting people. One guy, Alexis Richardson was talking about a range of SaaS models, such as the internally managed Service and the external thrid-party Service. But in between we talked about the internally hosted third-party Service. I'd seen...
  • Blog Post: Web 2.0 Innovation map

    Self promotion never hurts but where's all the Web 2.0 in the UK then? http://www.fourio.com/web20map/
  • Blog Post: 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) models that are available including these described...
  • Blog Post: Copycat services and value chains

    I've wanted to mention copycat services since the last IASA meeting and the chat some of us had over Pizza afterwards. We were talking about web services and I was on one about value chains and how these could drive standards. In the case of successful value chains (where there is money) there will...