This is a cross post from Akeles.
Check out the article at http://akelesconsulting.wordpress.com/2009/06/23/how-come-enterprise-2-0-is-not-everywhere-yet/
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Last month, I was invited to the SaaS Asia Conference organized by Springboard Research. It was a very fruitful event with lots of insight to take away. This is also the 2nd time that I heard Michael Barnes (VP of Software Research). I am impressed by his coverage on the state of SaaS.
The short video clip from Salesforce provides a good explanation on the benefits of SaaS (Software as a Service).
After this conference, I am more convinced that SaaS model will be here to stay. It will be especially useful for SMEs:
- For applications that the data is not sensitive to be hosted outside the company’s premises
- For business applications that are generic enough without the need for customization
- For needs that are not critical to the operations of the company
- For organizations that are unable/unwilling to commit to a huge investment upfront with the traditional licensing model
- For a small number of users which is difficult to justify for the purchase
At the same time, the management from the bigger companies may want to consider these factors to see whether SaaS is suitable for them. I believe the SaaS vendors will also have to think about these issues to make their offering more attractive.
- Scalability – what happens if there is more usage? Which model will be more cost effective
- Network response time – Web applications requires a high response time to be effective and user friendly. It is more challenging when it is housed outside the intranet.
- Crisis Management – In time of crisis, will the service provider be able to react in time to all their customers? Try to imagine one big raincloud with multiple locations on fire. Is it possible to put out all the fire? Sometimes the bit of slack is required to handle unplanned emergencies.
- Exit strategy – What is the cost to migrate to another application? Can the data be exported out?
Here are the other related articles from the event for your reading interests
Monday, June 8, 2009
I came across Bill's blog post on whether Twitter can serve as a personal knowledge management tool. Here's the comments about it.
I think you have raised a valid point that Twitter reminds you of de.licio.us
While Twitter is definitely good in dissemination of information, I doubt it will be useful for long term personal knowledge management.
As the amount of information increases, it will be harder to retrieve what you want. There is a limit on the amount of information that can be stored with 160 characters. There is a scientific word for this - entropy
There are a lot of meta-information that is required for a feasible large-scale knowledge base. One good way is to use emails to see what Twitter is currently lacking.
- Who - source or participants of the information
- When - When was this information created
- Context - as in previous emails discussion. Can we link up all the threads on twitter?
- organization structure - as in email folders or tags
Thursday, June 4, 2009
One of the key reasons for the boom in the Web 2.0 is the power of free. With just an Internet connection, anyone can have access to useful applications like Google, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or Flickr without having to pay a single cent. So how do they get the money to buy the hardware, recruit the development team and pay for the utilities? Some of them probably got a group of rich investors, otherwise the companies are earning the money through web advertisements.