One of the most powerful as well as practical ways to demonstrate the trend
of Cloud 2.0 and how it will re-invent IT areas like CRM, is to consider the
SaaS opportunities this presents.
Greenfield Applications First
In summary this is best captured from the Canadian E-Health Cloud strategy,
where it calls for:
“We expect greenfield implementations to dominate in the near term, with
the exception that some productivity applications such as office software,
email, ERP and supply chain management will be introduced in public cloud
implementations. However, even in these cases, this will be less a porting of
existing systems to cloud-based provisioning than replacement of these
capabilities locally with cloud-based services.”
Cloud and Mobile Computing Integrate – Acquiring cloud services to
provision and manage mobile applications and devices. Cloud and Social
Quest Connect is a big online conference put together by Quest, Microsoft, ,
Dell, NetApp, Vizioncore, Scriptlogic, Techrepublic, Oracle Magazine, Redmond
Magazine, and The Code Project. The agenda is packed with a lot of useful
material on Windows Server 2008 R2, AD, Identity Management, Exchange 2010,
Virtualization, Cloud Computing, SharePoint, SQL, Oracle – see full
agenda here – and they include some sessions specifically on cloud
computing and Microsoft Online Services.
Here are a few:
Here or Way Out There? Should Your Active Directory Management Be In Cloud?
Available the whole day on-demand
Dmitry Sotnikov, New Project Research Manager, Quest Software
Spend a few minutes learning how to leverage the Cloud Computing Craze in
your environment. During this session, Dmitry Sotnikov will demonstrate
provisioning for cloud directories and review Quest’s soon-to-be-... (more)
One of the biggest issues I see in a lot of IT / Software Development
environments is the lack of understanding when it comes to context switching.
There are a lot of managers that don't understand how much work is lost when
they expect their team to multitask. More disastrous is the interruption that
could have been an email or voice mail. I rarely answer my phone and shut
down email when I want to concentrate. Cubes have wrecked the ability to
focus. My current cube is totally open and I am surrounded by a support team
that have a line waiting to talk to them sometimes.
When I was in the electronic engineering field we had offices. When the door
was closed that meant you were in a meeting or deep into your work. Unless it
was an emergency, rarely was there a knock. You'd get a polite email asking
for you to let them know when you were free.
It can take an hour to r... (more)
When it comes to code generation I have seen the worst of the worst and some
really cool implementations.
The worst was on a large government project. The consulting firm created a
custom code generator that created every layer of the 5 layer application. In
truth, the only reason the project was so large was because of the effort
that went into the implementation and maintenance of the code generation
application. As time went on the firm lost all control of the relationship
between the generated code and the application that created it. Maintenance
teams needed to be in place for both the production code and the generation
tool. Needless to say a ton of money was wasted on the project.
The best was the use of the GAT and GAX tools to put code generation tools in
place to support a Software Product Line Engineering project. The tools
generated project shells, added d... (more)
CARLSBAD, Calif., April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SEO Inc., a leading San
Diego based Internet Marketing Agency, has been named as one of the Best PPC
Management Agencies of 2011 by Promotion World Magazine. It is the fifth
consecutive year that the company has been ranked in the Top 5, a distinction
that no other agencies on the list can claim. In previous years, SEO has
ranked as the number one best PPC Management agency two times and was ranked
in 2nd and 3rd positions in other years. The company has also consistently
ranked high on PW's list for organic SEO services.
According to the web page on Promotion World, "The Top 10 PPC Management
Agencies awards are given to the best companies offering Pay-Per-Click
management services. The winners stand out among an increasing number of
high-quality companies and prove to be the leaders with outstanding
contribution to ... (more)
One of the most difficult SaaS challenges is choosing and evolving the right
SaaS sales model for your business.
While the most common SaaS sales model is characterized by a transactional
inside sales organization, frequently split into new business focused sales
reps and retention focused account managers, this is by no means the only
SaaS sales model, and may NOT be the best SaaS sales model for your business.
SaaS businesses come in many flavors from consumer-ish freemium services like
Box.net and Cloudflare to high-end enterprise solutions like Workday and
BazzarVoice. Choosing the right SaaS sales model is often a bet-the-company
decision, as second chances are rare in the fast moving world of the
Internet. Plus, as your SaaS product offering and customer base grows, you
are likely to find yourself supporting several distinct and varied SaaS sales
models. How to ... (more)
So here it is, Day 3 of TechEd, and I’m already two days late on the first
of our “TechEd 2013 Favorites” series. (sigh) But if you’ve ever
been to a TechEd, or any other big conference like this, you know that it’s
hard to find a spare moment to do things other than A) attend, and B)
enjoy. Blogging isn’t high on the priority list this week. Sorry.
But this morning, for you I’ll make an exception.
On Monday, Day 1, was started with the traditional TechEd Keynote; this year
skillfully navigated by Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of the
Management and Security Division (MSD) at Microsoft. After a cute video, he
“rolls” onto the stage in an Aston Martin, and hints that we are about to
witness announcements on new versions “of every one of our products that
run in your datacenters”. Hmm.. sounds like this might be fun!
His talk was roughly outlined in this... (more)
Selenium is a free Web Application Testing System. It gained lots of
popularity since it is available. It’s integration to FireFox – which
allows instant record/replay as well as the scripting option - makes it a
great tool for functional web testing.
BrowserMob on the other side leverages Selenium by providing an automated
load-testing environment for Selenium scripts all configurable online via a
Tagging Web Requests
In my recent blog post – Get more out of functional web testing: How to
correlate test reports with server side log information? – I discussed the
problem that testing results are usually not linked to the log and
diagnostics information captured by the application under test. The blog
entry offered a way to link the two sides using HTTP Tagging via an HTTP
Proxy. Tagging individual Web Requests allows linking each individual request
Salesforce.com has announced the next chapter in the customer service
revolution with Service Cloud 2. The Service Cloud, announced in January of
this year, is the next generation solution for customer service - it
exponentially increases the quality of service, while lowering the cost, by
leveraging the expertise of the community. Since its introduction, the
Service Cloud has led market momentum with 8,000 customers and received a
number of industry accolades. The Service Cloud will also deliver entirely
new product innovations for the customer service industry by introducing the
world's first knowledge base designed for cloud computing - Salesforce
Knowledge; an entirely new way to look at customer communities and discussion
forums - Salesforce Answers; and Salesforce for Twitter, which allows
companies to monitor and join the customer service conversations taking... (more)
Photon Infotech has announced enhancements to its Social Media Framework:
Enterprise Edition. For the first time, Fortune 500 and SME organizations
alike can rapidly integrate Facebook-like connectivity and collaboration into
their existing IT infrastructure without compromising data security.
"Most current investments in enterprise portal and intranet projects have
resulted only in new document archives, not active collaboration," said
Srinivas Balasubramanian, CEO of Photon. "Meanwhile, employees actively use
Facebook and build ad hoc Linked In groups that don't conform to corporate
security and privacy policies. The Social Media Framework: Enterprise Edition
simplifies bringing social media technologies behind the firewall to create a
secure collaborative environment based on best practices."
The Photon Social Media Framework: Enterprise Edition, built atop Photon'... (more)
Azure Session at Cloud Expo
Pundits talking about how Windows 7 is all about Microsoft competing against
Apple, recovering with Vista consumer adoption disaster, or getting people
off of XP, are missing one other – extremely important – part of the
Windows 7 story. Windows 7 and its server counterpart – Windows Server 2008
R2 – are actually the first real step in Microsoft’s Windows Cloud Story.
Before Windows 7 Microsoft could offer some services (such as Exchange
Online) from the cloud – but could not provide full enterprise directory,
security and so on – now they can.
Microsoft has always called its SaaS plan Software + Services, emphasizing
that it can enable rich Windows and application experience over the internet.
The reality however has been that in most cases these have been limited to a
few web-enabled (e.g. Outlook) or pure web (e.g. SharePoint) applicati... (more)