Application Marketplaces and the Money Trail

This paper describes the forces behind long tail software economics and the architecture of application marketplaces. In addition, the paper also explains the different roles and benefits of application marketplaces to ISVs, hosters, VARs and enterprises. Enjoy.


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…


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…


Architecture Dimensions of the SaaS Ecosystem

GP and I wrote an article on “The Architecture Dimensions of the SaaS Ecosystem” for the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) Special SaaS Issue newsletter a few months ago. In this article, we provided an overview on the market players in the SaaS ecosystem and described the application, consumption and hosting architecture concerns of the ISVs, enterprise consumers and SaaS hosters…