The Forces of Long Tail Software and Services

Chris Anderson’s book on “the business of selling more of less” has enlightened people’s thinking about current market economics where modern day technology and the Internet has enabled long tail ecommerce to flourish. For this blog post, I thought it would be interesting to examine how the forces in his book can be applied to…


The SaaSy Tale of Martians and Venusians

Our latest paper is an attempt to match-make software vendors and hosters. The paper explains why their futures are dependent on each other, what they can expect from one another, and how they can have a congenial marriage together. Happy reading!


Going After the Long Tail? Think Channel as a Service (CaaS)

Charles Fitzgerald recently posted an article on the elusive long tail market. The article mentioned some interesting stats on Salesforce’s top-heaviness – a small number of enterprise customers account for more than 40% of their user base. Which begs the question, if the long tail is why software vendors are rushing to embrace SaaS, where…


Interview with .NET Rocks

I spoke with Carl and Richard at .NET Rocks earlier this year. Click on the .NET Rocks image below to hear the recording:


Implications of Self-, Outsourced- and OEM-Hosting

The last couple of month I’ve been talking to many software vendors in China and Singapore and the topic of SaaS hosting is a recurring pain point highlighted by those I met. More often than not, my attempt to reassure them that my architecture team in Redmond is now feverishly working on SaaS hosting architecture guidance does not…


SaaS in Innovation Celebration Event

It’s been almost 4 weeks since I landed in Beijing and began working with my colleagues in China. 2 weeks ago, I had the unanticipated opportunity to be involved in the organization of Imagination Festival – an event held at Beijing University celebrating the past, present and future of innovation in China. University students and high tech entrepreneurs…


Spring Time Christmas Gift: SaaS Architecture Workshop

I just finished conducting a 3-day SaaS architecture workshop for our internal employees and ISV partners last week. The workshop content includes presentations on a bunch of SaaS architecture topics, such as: SaaS architecture tenets: Gianpaolo introduced the technical shift towards a meta-data driven paradigm for maximizing the sharing of compute resource within a multi-tenant environment and enabling tenant specific customizations. Multi-tenant data architecture: Architecture…


Windows XP Version of Litware HR Available

We recently released an updated version of Litware HR sample application that runs on Windows XP. This updated release answers the feedback that we are getting from the codeplex community to have a version that most developers can run and test on their machines. Initially when we designed Litware HR, we wanted to have an implementation that runs on an OS…


SaaS in China

Besides my technical role in developing SaaS architecture guidance, I’ve had the privilege to be deeply involved in molding the SaaS industry in China. Over the course of the last year, I’ve travelled to different cities in China, working with my colleagues there to understand the needs and opportunities within the local Chinese software industry….


Release Announcment: Litware HR – A Sample SaaS Application

It sure feels like a long time ago since I first started working on this project. I’m very happy to announce that the sample SaaS application has finally arrived! Litware HR is a sample SaaS application that is implemented with current generation of application platform technology: .NET framework 3.0, SQL server 2005, Windows server 2003 and ADAM. Definitely more…