PaaS

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An Opportunity Missed: The Olympics-as-a-Platform

Combining “Olympic App Competition” with open data and open social media policies would have made 2012 the most interactive Olympics ever.

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Insurance is NOT the answer for the cloud

Two weeks ago Dr. Alexander Pasik, CIO of IEEE, posited that businesses would be more inclined to use cloud services if service providers carried insurance against data breaches. We could not disagree more.

How to price new enterprise software

The enterprise software market is almost always a paid one. However, how do you establish the price for a brand new enterprise software innovation no one has ever used before?

The Cloud is Dead! Long Live the Cloud!

The last two months have presented several large “black eyes” for cloud computing. As a result, cloud computing pundits have questioned the readiness of cloud computing for the enterprise. In response, cloud computing advocates have highlighted reliability metrics far better than those of any enterprise. Who is right and who is wrong in this argument? They both are.

SaaS’ next pricing challenge, balancing easy budgeting with flexibility: Four models

Businesses and consumers love the flexibility of SaaS. However, this flexibility brings a “dark” side: less predictability – and ultimately – less control. Four SaaS pricing models address this challenge, in different ways – and for very different markets.

SaaS: Culminating 40 years of software evolution

SaaS represents a culmination of a roughly forty years of journey that brought software acquisition from a high-risk capital investment to an easy-to-plan-for utility.