Gianpaolo's blog

thoughts of a dotcom refugee happily expatriated at Microsoft

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    No Hobbits but great chat with Lukas

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    When I went to New Zealand I did not manage to see any hobbits but I had the pleasure to record an ARCcast i.e. architecture podcast (direct link to podcast here ) with Lukas Svoboda ; not too surprisingly, we discussed Software + Services and SaaS from...
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    More about S+S

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    I just got back from a 2 weeks tour in Australia and New Zealand discussing with a lot of ISVs, Hosters and Enterprises about SaaS, SOA, Web 2.0 and how they related to Software + Services (S+S). The details and key learning of this tour will be the object...
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    LitwareHR v2: from SaaS to S+S

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    Unless you have been abducted by aliens a few months ago and just returned to earth I am pretty sure you have heard of Software + Services or S+S (if you have been abducted and just returned, hence not heard about S+S, I suppose you have bigger issues...
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    ISVs are from Mars, and Hosters are from Venus

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    It took us a bit longer than expected, but our latest white paper is finally here! This white paper goes through the sometime quirky relationships that exist between ISVs wanting to deliver their software as a service and Hosters. Here is an excerpt from...
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    Complexity does not go away, it just changes hands...

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    A law that I always found interesting in Physics is the the Lavoisier Law which states that the mass of a closed system of substances will remain constant. In other words, matter cannot be created nor destroyed, it can only change form. (just for the...
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    Efficient Software Delivery through Service Delivery Platforms

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    Several weeks ago, we wrote a introductory article on service delivery platforms published in the Architect Journal . If we don't count blog entries, this is our first published article looking into "running" software delivered as a service. Over the...
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    Intra-enterprise SaaS

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    Today, on his blog, Sinclair asks: Can the Fortune 500 Achieve Efficiency through Intra-enterprise SaaS? The answer is obviously YES! A lot of the concepts built in software as service such as multi-tenancy, meta driven customization, self service (try...
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    Am I the only one preferring to go after the causes rather than the symptoms?

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    Fixing the cause and not the symptom seems a no-brainer to me but when I read this Pill to make dieters 'feel full' I sometime wonder. This reminded me of the commercials that I found very surprising the first few months I moved to the USA about heartburns...
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    Either I don't get it or I'm calling (at least partial) BS on SaS 70

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    Please educate me on SaS 70 as either I don't get it or its importance is in my opinion overly inflated. I keep hearing from various analysts the importance of SaS 70 (preferably type 2) certification for SaaS vendors; and I of course hear a lot of SaaS...
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    One for all, and all for one

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    From the left: eugenio , fred , me. Not sure why I am the fat one and by the way, Fred is way too tall :) Thanks Wu Hao for the picture. [update: I was just made aware that the motto used for the title of this post is often used by the Hell's Angels....
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    Phil on SaaS Appliance

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    I read with interest Phil's post on SaaS appliance and how a few companies are using this model for " putting SaaS on-premise " as Phil says. Phil's commentary is very similar to what we had published in the past in our enterprise perspective white paper...
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    Guess What? Fred's back!

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    After spending almost 2 months in China with our valiant Chinese colleagues, Fred is back to headquarters. Life in Redmond being much quieter than the "real life in the field", he has now time to blog again :) Here he shares his thoughts on Implications...
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    Hosting LitwareHR

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    Eugenio spent the last couple of weeks exploring the implications of hosting LitwareHR on a hypothetical hosting platform. Very interesting findings: Part I - The Scenario Part II - On-Boarding Part III - Billing, Metering Enjoy.
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    For Those Who Believe that the Browser is Good Enough

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    If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know how much work we have put into efficient software delivery guidance, multi tenancy best practices etc. One thing we have not done as much (at least not yet) is to show how to hook this efficient...
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    Build - Run - Consume - Monetize

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    Build - Run - Consume - Monetize a.k.a BRCM (pronounced "breekam"?!) is a simple model that I am experimenting with to explain the primary concerns of each of the "actors" involved in software delivered as a service as well as understanding the multiple...
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    My Wife is an Ecosexual...

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    I was browsing through Wired Magazine earlier this morning and I discovered that my wife is an ecosexual ... Cool! P.S. for some reason, I think this blog post will have more views than average :) I also had a joke relating ecosexual and SaaS but I'll...
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    Pendulum

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    I was catching up on Phil 's always excellent blog tonight and I smiled when I read about OpenSAM. What I found funny was not the idea per se, but the "deja vu" of the best of breed vs. integrated suite debate :) I remember a conversation I had at TechEd...
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    Microsoft RPFBALOBNAIALLTACTIYJFUVSASFS

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    Eric Nelson one of Microsoft's SaaS experts in the UK, who apparently gave up being a developer :) shares, in this post , a well kept secret: i.e. the new release of Microsoft CRM is much more than CRM but a full fledge application platform. He even goes...
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    SaaS Undertakers do exist...

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    About one month ago, I blogged here about the need of "SaaS Undertakers" looking after the SaaS data graveyard that might exponentially grow with out of business SaaS companies (I'm bullish on SaaS, but common... not all of them will succeed). Well, today...
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    From High Margin-Low Volume to High Volume-Low Margin

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    If I was to summarize (simplify?!) the trend that is happening in the SaaS space, I would say that the business model is moving from a high margin - low volume model to a high volume - low margin model, as described in the picture below. This is of course...
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    SaaSCon Debrief

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    On April 17-18 I was in Santa Clara mingling with the international SaaS crowd at SaaSCon . There, Eugenio and myself presented a session titled: Anatomy of a SaaS Application. The slides are available here . The goal of the session was to cut through...
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    Desktop vs. Webtop panel at SIIA S4 Conference

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    Earlier this week, at SIIA S4 conference , I participated in a short panel, nicely moderated by Newsgator's Greg Reinacker on Desktop vs. Webtop. The key premise was: since a lot of activities seem to be moving to the Web, do we still need a Desktop?...
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    Recommendation: Add Eugenio's Blog to Your List

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    I mentioned just over a month ago that our SaaS architecture brainpower just increased with Eugenio joining the team. He is now ready to start sharing his thoughts. So, if you like this blog and/or Fred's blog , I would highly recommend you subscribe...
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    SaaS Undertaker ++

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    Richard Veynard responded to my SaaS undertaker tongue in cheek idea ( previous post ) by suggesting a more architectural approach. Structural problems call for structural solutions. That's what architects are for. He says here . I was also reminded...
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    SaaS company biting the dust and idea for a new startup, I think :)

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    I am not sure the following email (forwarded to me yesterday which I edited to removed the company's name) will make the headlines, but it illustrates the other side (much less publicized, although very real) of SaaS. From: [XXXX] Team Sent: Friday, April...
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