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 the approach pioneered by
Force.com and followed by Coghead and Bungee Labs.
Tool-first approach to PaaS: first build a development platform that is
host-able tool (e.g., studio runs in a browser), then "push" that platform
into the cloud. This is the approach taken by WaveMaker.
For Force.co... (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)
Chris Keene's "Keene View" Blog
Just because the web has been open so far doesn't mean that it will stay that
way. Flash and Silverlight, arguably the two market-leading technology
toolkits for rich media applications are not open. Make no mistake -
Microsoft and Adobe aim to have their proprietary plug-ins, aka
pseudo-browsers, become the rendering engines for the next generation of the
I spoke on a panel at Mashup Camp recently on why Ajax Standards matter. I
was quoted by Doug Henschen of Intelligent Enterprise as saying that we are
locked in a struggle for the soul of ... (more)
Over the last week, Platform as a Service has moved out of the shadows to
become big news in the cloud world. Here is a quick roundup of recent events:
RedHat acquires Makara: this is a great move by RedHat, who has been hitherto
a peripheral player in the great cloud game. Makara gives RedHat a platform
that makes it much easier for developers to deploy cloud applications while
also providing rich debugging capabilities. The Makara founding team came
from Wily and brings deep understanding of application lifecycle management
for cloud applications.
Cloudbees gets funding for a Ja... (more)
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)