The demise of platform-as-a-service vendor Coghead is being described as a "debacle" and a "disaster" for the small and midsize companies who were using applications built on Coghead's cloud-based platform. Here's the story from the trenches.
The demise of platform-as-a-service vendor Coghead is being described as a "debacle" and a "disaster" for the small and midsize companies who were using applications built on Coghead's cloud-based platform. Here's the story from the trenches.John Foley has weighed in on the lessons to be learned from the Coghead collapse, but what about the actual impact on the companies using the Coghead platform?
In the short term, "it's a debacle, a disaster," says MCF honcho Don Larson, forcing him to start moving his customers from Coghead to an alternative PaaS technology. "There's no time to develop a new client/server application," he explains. The first step is to export the data, which Larson says shouldn't be a problem. "From a continuity of data standpoint, I don't anticipate a problem." But moving to a new platorm inevitably means "redeveloping the application," Larson says. There is no way to migrate the apps.
In the midterm, Coghead's failure is "likely to create a little bit of conservatism in the market," adds MCF solutions designer Govind Davis. "There is a real risk and people have to be aware of that... The value proposition is still huge, but people will be more wary."
In the long run, though, Larson sees a silver lining in SAP's involvement. "I find it extremely encouraging that someone as big as SAP is getting into this space," he says. It shows that the technology is "going mainstream."
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