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The enterprise software market is not that different than the real estate market - where you are positioned in the market is everything. In the nerdier-than-thou Bay Area, moving from VMware to BMC is not the most obvious move, so here are some of my thoughts on my decision. At this point, I have started 2 companies (Persistence, Medaid), gone public once (PRSW - never again!), sold 3 companies (Persistence, WaveMaker, Reportive) and led one spinout (Pivotal). Figuring out what to do next was a challenge. I had always felt that in evaluating a job, team comes first and opportunity comes second (or in Jim Collins-speak, first who, then what). When I was first introduced to BMC, I spoke to Eric Yau and was impressed by his vision about transforming BMC — I felt it was very similar to the transformation project I had worked on at VMware. As I met with other BMC executives, I... (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)

Data Access for RIAs

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)

Cloud Ready Computing

Cloud computing offers significant economies in deploying and managing applications. While enterprises are not yet ready to move mission-critical applications to cloud computing, CIOs and CTOs are increasingly wanting to create applications that are "cloud-ready." A cloud-ready application is based on an architecture which provides the flexibility to deploy the application to either a traditional data center or into a private or public cloud infrastructure. This flexibility ensures that enterprises can take advantage of cloud computing benefits whenever they choose. Being cloud-r... (more)

Big Data and The Open Source Model

It is amazing how many open source software companies out there are trying to get hit by the same $1B bolt of lightning that hit MySQL without realizing that the MySQL result is not repeatable. Looking at the current batch of big data high flyers, from TenGen to Cloudera to Hortonworks, each seems to be vying for the same kind of ubiquitous usage that enabled MySQL to get a more than 20x multiple. What they don't realize is that the failure of early open source acquisitions to deliver substantial value to owners has made buyers much more wary. Companies like MySQL were valued bas... (more)