App Consolidation: IT's Cred Is On The Line
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Li Tan
Li Tan,
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12/6/2013 | 3:49:47 AM
Re: Cloud vs. on-prem
The biggest problem is not the application itself but the business data. If we start to rent SaaS, how about our business data? For data portability problem, we may leverage the capability of PaaS to store the data in cloud drive. Then the question is, can we fully trust the cloud vendor for data security? Moving to SaaS on cloud is the trend but obviously there is gap here and there to fill.
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12/4/2013 | 1:50:40 PM
Vanilla anyone?
In my opinion, what is driving this is the complete reliance on Off the Shelf applications where customization, at least in-house where it is cheaper, is not an option anymore.

In the old days, pre-Y2K, any company with decent ERP customized the system and wrote their own apps to fill in the gaps of what ERP offered. That's just what you had to do.

Now, ERP companies are holding back their source code and using other strategies where only their people, or their chosen business partners, can customize it. You now see less and less people who even have the skills to do so.

I think jury is out, especially based on observations like in this article, that this vanilla direction is a better way to go. Businesses may think they are better off because they don't pay developers anymore. But now they just send the money to vendors for under-performing systems instead of having the capability to create whatever they need.
Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
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12/4/2013 | 10:10:29 AM
Cloud vs. on-prem
"Cloud computing is making things harder. As soon as IT organizations decommission an on-premises application, they're seeing three new cloud-based ones pop up to take its place"

Is that apples and oranges? Renting an application isn't the same as purchasing, with the attendant licensing and infrastructure costs. Seems like here the bigger problem for CIOs is the difficulty of keeping data portable so they can pull it out of that SaaS system as needed.

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