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
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 market
For example, the latest craze for "cloud native" apps seems like an explicit
acknowledgement that vendors are giving up on minimizing cloud migration
pain. Rather than focusing on simplicity, the cloud native initiative seems
to make a virtue needing to rebuild existing app... (more)
Chris Keene's "Keene View" Blog
For cloud computing to take off, there need to be tools available that enable
a developer to build and deploy an application without having to download
anything to their desktop. This requires an on-demand development tool that
sits on top of the cloud and provides a development Platform as a Service
There are two paths that a vendor can take to create a development platform
for cloud computing: cloud-first or tool-first.
Cloud-first approach to PaaS: first build a cloud platform, then build a
development tool that runs on top of it. This is... (more)
Mashups is a pretty broad term. A good definition for a mashup tool is a
solution that allows developers to combine interesting data and then
visualize that data through a web application
Usually, mashups are web applications that can be created quickly using
standard web services (e.g., REST) and components (e.g., Widgets).
There are three kinds of Mashup tools: front end, back end and integrated.
The differences are:
Front end mashup tools: these tools help build web front ends like dashboards
using widgets/gadgets and little to no programming (iGoogle, PageFlakes) Back
end mash... (more)
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 wee... (more)
KANA announced the release of KANA 10, whose killer feature is the ability
for call center executives to do self-service customization of call center
workflow to meet changing business requirements.
KANA is using a customized version of WaveMaker studio that allows call
center execs to configure the business workflow using a drag and drop
KANA 10 shrinks a process that used to take months down to minutes - all
thanks to WaveMaker!
According to KANA's CTO, Mark Angel, "WaveMaker's visual Ajax studio
turbocharged our web development effort for KANA 10, cutting at least 50 ... (more)