Category Archives: Cloud computing

Promise of the Cloud

What, exactly, is Cloud Computing? Some degree of skepticism about cloud computing is understandable. The marketing hype surrounding it smacks of previous campaigns by consultants and technology companies to lure corporate investment. To wit: Y2K paranoia, dot.com hysteria and fiber … Continue reading

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Reliability of Cloud vs On-Premises Software

Lauren Carlson at Software Advice makes the point that the cloud reliability problems we have seen lately should not be considered in isolation. That is a very helpful point. She holds up the service level agreement as guarantor of cloud … Continue reading

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Cloud Reliability Stumbles

Some big names in the cloud world tripped up over the past few weeks, raising questions of how reliable cloud delivery of enterprise software actually is. How big a deal were these outages? First to stumble was Amazon.com’s cloud services … Continue reading

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Vendor Margins and the Cloud

It’s all cloud all day in the buzz about the software business, and that definitely includes ERP software. With conventional wisdom pointing to a need for purpose written cloud software (multi-tenant architectures etc.), it is no surprise that on the … Continue reading

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Multi-Tenant ERP Solutions: A Fundamentally Bad Idea

Sometimes, a really good idea gets pushed too far with really bad results. For example, someone once invented a bathroom computer workstation so you can skip the newspaper and roll a computer workstation in front of you and use the … Continue reading

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Cloud not Cheaper than On Premesis

As the cloud reality replaces the hype machine, sober analysis of costs and benefits is becoming available. Chris Chiappinelli sums it up nicely: A few years ago, there was a rampant assumption that software delivered via cloud computing was automatically … Continue reading

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ERP SaaS Struggles

The Wall Street Journal looked into startup troubles for SAP’s Software as a Service ERP offering. Two reasons are provided for the disappointing launch: SaaS ERP products are seen by potential customers as slow and hard to use; potential customers … Continue reading

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