One of my first blog posts over a year and half ago was entitled S+S=SaaS? which delved into the Microsoft definition of Software Plus Services and how that related to the broader industry concept of Software as a Service. Today, that state of cloud understanding seems long outdated – both in terms of what we as a software provider know to be true, and in terms of the broader industry and academic constructs of current expectations and delivery of cloud services.
If we look at what has transpired since then in the Microsoft vernacular, we first announced last spring that we were “All in” (PressPass story here), and followed that up this past fall with position of “Cloud Power” (PressPass story here).
I’d like to point out some interesting subtleties about these announcements:
How does this relate back to S+S and all the “X as a Service” acronyms I list in the title, you ask? And how is that simplifying the message? As a computer scientist by training and a systems engineer by trade, I’ll always be fast to point out the differences between marketing and marketecture; and as holds true with evaluating and understanding software solutions, we need to break down options into manageable pieces. How do we do that for the cloud? Relate it to what we’re familiar with in the X-1 generation of computing.
Therefore the Infrastructure, Platform, Software and Desktop ideas that we’re all familiar with as it relates to on-premises services are rapidly building out in cloud-form. The key for our customers in the tie-back is that you will want to ensure integration and tie-back, both for continuity, migration and portability of software solutions. So the more Microsoft provides both the integration and the flexibility for on-premises, cloud or hybrid deployment, the easier your adoption and lower your costs will be – thus the beauty of Software Plus Services.