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Chris Keene's Blog Web development and customer expectations have far outstripped the table management capabilities of HTML. The web needs to evolve to support building the Rich Internet Applications that people want to use. At the same time, web tools need to evolve to be able to handle the increasing complexity of building these apps. Is the only solution to improve the grid to break HTML by going to a proprietary solution like Silverlight? It is up to the AJAX and open source communities to "liberate" the HTML web from the Unweb. The original use case for the web - researchers working with static documents - doesn't bear much resemblance to the multi-media, consumer-oriented web we have today. The HTML web browser infrastructure that got us this far won't get us the rest of the way. The web has always been about the worst platform for any particular task (unless yo... (more)

Cloud Computing Scorned by Ellison

Chris Keene's "Keene View" Blog Larry Ellison recently unleashed a tub-thumping tirade against cloud computing. Here is a quote: "The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we've redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do. I can't think of anything that isn't cloud computing...The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women's fashion." Larry Ellison recently unleashed a tub-thumping tirade against cloud computing covered by Ben Worthen (with further comments from Daya Baran, Geva Perry and Dan Farber). Here is a q... (more)

Another SaaS Migration Success For WaveMaker

In addition to growing sales by a whopping 80% last quarter (worthy of another blog post on its own no doubt), WaveMaker also brought on a number of impressive new customers. Yesterday we announced that the ECN Group subsidiary of New Zealand Post has adopted WaveMaker as their platform for delivery the next generation of their Round Trip Logistics application. ECN has over 3,000 customers and sells their SaaS logistics application throughout New Zealand, Australia and Asian markets. WaveMaker makes SaaS simple both for SaaS vendors and their customers: SaaS migration: like many I... (more)

Evolutionary and Revolutionary Clouds

Now that we are a couple of years into the great cloud journey is it pretty clear that the big bang theory of cloud conversion is ain't happening. Yes, ISVs are moving rapidly to the SaaS model and it would be hard to find a software startup who is *not* starting in the cloud, but enterprise adoption of the public cloud is happening at a more stately pace. In large part this is due to the simplification required to make public clouds efficient and the complexity that characterizes most enterprise IT environments.  To put it differently, the public cloud makes app deployment simple ... (more)

The Genius, The Conductor and The Bureaucrat

No, this is not a joke about three guys walking into a bar but the result of some recent musing about how the art of management is practiced in Silicon Valley. The classic Silicon Valley stories often feature what Jim Collins calls "the genius with a thousand helpers" (from his book Good to Great). Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison and many other valley icons were known for their vice-like control over all aspects of their business. When that Genius individual really is the smartest person in the world, you get the iPhone. When they are not, you get Palm's WebOs. Working for a boss who... (more)