Profile of David Linthicum
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David S. Linthicum is senior vice president of Cloud Technology Partners and an expert in complex distributed systems, including cloud computing, data integration, service oriented architecture (SOA), and big data systems. He has written more than 13 books on computing and has more than 3,000 published articles, as well as radio and TV appearances as a computing expert. In addition, David is a frequent keynote presenter at industry conferences, with over 500 presentations given in the last 20 years.
Articles by David Linthicum
posted in April 2007
As I began to discuss in my last post, we're now seeing SaaS companies move into the platform space, selling beyond enterprise applications into databases, application development, integration, and even operating systems, all on demand. Case in point is the Platform Edition release by Salesforce.com last week.
Last week Symantec announced Symantec Protection Network, a software as a service (SaaS) platform designed to deliver easy-to-use security and availability offerings to small and mid-sized businesses... This is one in a long line of what I call "infrastructure on-demand products," and it's one of the most exciting areas of SaaS, if you ask me.
Blogger Ann All recently questioned the commitment to SaaS by the larger consulting firms saying, "software-as-a-service could be a good thing for folks like consultants and systems integrators - unless it ends up putting them out of business." Indeed, SaaS could lead to fewer consulting dollars, so larger consulting firms may be pushing back on SaaS to serve their own interests.
I noted back in February the release of the enterprise version of Google Apps hosted services for businesses... Google Apps Premier Edition costs $50 per user, per year and includes around-the-clock telephone support, 10GB of storage, and guaranteed uptime... This is, in essence, the promise of network computing, all the rage back in 1996, but it never took off.
Last week I did a keynote at the Enterprise Architecture Conference (EAC) in New Orleans. I spoke on SaaS, SOA, and Web 2.0, and as always, I took a poll. How many people are using SaaS now? About half of the hands went up. How many of those people were using SaaS two years ago? Almost no hands up. How many people will deploy SaaS in the next two years? Almost all hands went up...