My 2006 SaaS Posts Hit Parade

Being December 30, just for fun, I looked at the blog engine stats and compiled the Hit Parade of the blog entries I posted in 2006. Here is the list of my top 12 posts, ranked by total views. If you are a long term aficionado, you are likely to know them all; if you are more recent…

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Predictions for SaaS in 2007

Phil Wainewright concludes his Dec 22 post with: This is the second of three articles in which I’m making predictions for SaaS in 2007. What are your predictions? Making up stuff that might happen in the future is a big hobby of mine, I will go as far as stealing a page from the analysts book…

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The cheapest (and most likely fastest) way to transfer 300GB of data from San Francisco to New York is to FedEx the hard drive…

In his fantastic paper, Jim Gray describes the Distributed Computing Economics (it was published in 2003, if you have not read it, it is a MUST READ). The basic premise is simple (from the paper):   A computation task has four characteristic demands:• Networking – delivering questions and answers,• Computation – transforming information to produce new information,•…

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SaaS ISV Architecture Questionnaire version 1.0

I recently put together a series of questions to be used in Architecture Design Sessions. This questionnaire is meant for understanding the current application architecture and how it fits in the overall single instance multi tenancy aspects. As mentioned many time, one application does not necessarily need to be “pure” and be 100% single instance multi tenant,…

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Phil Seeking the True Meaning of SaaS

Following all the noise about what is SaaS in the blogosphere these past few days, Phil as a very good article describing the journey he went through since he did a keynote at the very first ASP conference in 1999. In his post, Phil talks about Multi-tenancy, Shared services, SOA, Community of interest, Pay as you…

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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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