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ZapThink just produced a good report on the state of Web 2.0 tools entitled "Evolution of the Rich Internet Applcation Market." In the report, Jason Bloomberg and Ron Schmelzer of Zapthink highlight a critical gap in most RIA solutions: the inability to access data from within the UI. They then point to this as a major source of competitive advantage for Adobe: "Adobe stands alone as the only vendor who offers a commercial, RIA-specific data access product." It is probably not completely fair to expect Zapthink to include in last week's report a product that was released last week, this is exactly the problem that WaveMaker 5 solves with Enterprise-ready Data Widgets. In fact, the similarities between Adobe and WaveMaker's solutions is startling: The Zapthink report concludes by saying that the most attractive market opportunity is not for stand-alone RIA libraries bu... (more)

For Private Cloud, No Pain Means Big Gains By @CKeene | @CloudExpo #Cloud

When virtualization took the data center, it offered huge cost savings for IT ops and zero migration pain for developers. Coming at a time when IT was being pressed by the business for savings, vSphere took the data center by storm. This example is instructive when trying to consider why private cloud has had a slower adoption. The short answer is that cloud offers fuzzier benefits for IT ops while forcing a lot of pain on developers. The lack of a smooth migration path for existing workloads to the cloud goes a long way to explain the relatively bumpy growth of the private cloud... (more)

Two Doors to Enterprise Web 2.0 Adoption

Chris Keene's "Keene View" Blog Ben Worthen of the Wall Street Journal recently posted an entry about Web 2.0 adoption. He cited a Forrester survey that concluded Enterprise Web 2.0 solutions would gain broad adoption in 2008 despite clear CIO resistance to the siren call of blogs and wikis. As a strong proponent of Web 2.0 in the enterprise, we at WaveMaker want very much to see a rapid adoption of these technologies at the corporate level. On the other hand, wishing won't make it so - the grab-bag of technologies and ideas that constitute Web 2.0 are bound to confuse the IT commu... (more)

Cloud Computing is the Hardware Equivalent of ATMs

Chris Keene's "Keene View" Blog Cloud computing is custom made for Silicon Valley - it is poorly defined, seemingly vast and has the potential to change human life as we know it (at least for those of us who live in Silicon Valley). Since so many people are jumping on the cloud bandwagon, I thought it would be useful to look not at what cloud computing is but at what cloud computing isn't. . Of course, we have our fair share of naysayers (like Larry and Richard), as well as theories about why those naysayers are down on cloud computing. Cloud computing is the hardware equivalent of a... (more)

What Separates a Cloud From (Water) Vapor?

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer I spoke this morning with the cloud evangelist for a hardware manufacturer. Not surprisingly, they come at cloud from the iron up, so for them cloud is mostly about virtualization with a little more buzz. While I can understand this viewpoint, if today's cloud is just yesterday's server consolidation in new clothes, then Larry Ellison's latest "a cloud is just water vapor" rant is probably appropriate. So what exactly is the dividing line between virtualization and true cloud goodness? I think the key lies in bringing together a fuller solution with a clo... (more)