Want to watch some SaaS TV?

  A couple of months ago, Armando an architect at Remend (and now a movie star :)) contacted me via this blog about the SaaS projects he was working on. After a few back and forth by email, Fred spent some time with them on the phone and was impressed by their sound architecture (of…

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SaaS adoption set to explode

(from Nic “IT doesn’t matter” Carr) SaaS adoption set to explode November 27, 2006 Large companies appear to be jumping en masse onto the software-as-a-service bandwagon, according to a new survey of CIOs by management consultants McKinsey & Company. The survey found that 61% of North American companies with sales over $1 billion plan to…

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Mr. and Mrs. CIO SaaS will not make your life simpler (but it is not necessarily a bad thing)

This is the continuation of my previous post: SaaS, CIOs and the Mongolian Steppes . (If you have not read it, you might want to consider a quick scan for context, but not 100% required) (3) CIOs are rightfully asking themselves a lot of questions about what to do with this “SaaS thing”. Enterprise IT…

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SaaS, CIOs and the Mongolian Steppes

The Nov. 15 issue of CIO magazine features Steve Ballmer, Kevin Turner and Andy Lees (Microsoft CEO, COO and Corp. VP respectively) discussing SaaS in the enterprise. This article reinforced three things in my mind: Regardless of what people think, Microsoft is dead serious about the SaaS trend in the consumer and the enterprise space….

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Introduction to SaaS Architecture Podcast

A few weeks ago, John deVadoss (my manager) and I recorded a short podcast introducing the key aspects of SaaS architecture. In this 11min. discussion, we briefly touch upon the ISV perspective, the Enterprise perspective and Hoster perspective. A slide deck that somewhat illustrate this discussion can be found here. Whitepapers on this topic are available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/architecture/saas…

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SaaS and Biology

I have always been impressed by the scientific rigor of the taxonomy that biologists have put in places for classifying living entities: kingdom, order, family, species etc… Just for fun, as I was stuck in a delayed flight back to Seattle, I tried to apply this taxonomy to SaaS. Here is the result… This of course has not…

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On the licensing front…

Today Microsoft announced the SaaS On Ramp program; this program provides discounted software for “evaluating” SaaS. Participants to this program can get Windows Sever (up to 8 CPUs) and SQL Server (up to 2 CPU) under SPLA at a heavy discount. Full press release below. More info about it here: http://www.microsoft.com/serviceproviders/programs/saasonramp.mspx   Microsoft Creates New…

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