Lead story –Don’t be a ERP re-platform sheep – or a pure SaaS sheep either.
MyPOV: Two diginomica stories challenged buyers not to accept the status quo.
Start with Kurt’s When – and why – hybrid SaaS might be a better option. Kurt critiques SaaS multi-tentant purists. Architectural options have become more nuanced – opening up SaaS possibilities in regulated industries, for example.
I believe that’s a win for customers, but it does require grasping what’s under the hybrid SaaS hood. Kurt:
A better SaaS alternative is a hybrid model in which parts of an application, such as the Web UI, mobile interface and administrative console are delivered from shared infrastructure while the backend databases and business logic run on dedicated infrastructure. For example, Generis CARA, a content management SaaS that targets highly regulated industries like life sciences and financial services provides two classes of service that
What do you know about anything? You probably had your bread buttered on both sides since the day you were born.
–Joe Sullivan, Raw Deal.
If you want to start an argument among film critics — and who wouldn’t? — ask any three of them to define film noir. You won’t get three answers; you’ll get nine or ten, punctuated by a great deal of exception-making, special pleading, and brow-furrowing. The very term is what Jean-François Lyotard referred to as a “phrase in dispute”: the people who made films noir did not call them that, preferring the prosaically descriptive term “crime drama.” “Film noir” was coined, decades after such films had stopped being made, by clever French critics like Lyotard, who seemed to understand American culture more than their American counterparts, and when the term became commonplace, arguments about what qualities
IBM is splitting itself in two, spinning off its legacy technology services business to focus on cloud computing and artificial intelligence, a move that reflects how decisively computing has shifted to the cloud.
The split is IBM’s effort to grab more of that fast-growing business and thrive amid the market leaders, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google.
The business retaining the IBM name will include its cloud operations, along with its hardware, software and consulting services units. They represent about three quarters of the current company’s revenue.
The business to be spun off, in a company that has not yet named, is IBM’s basic technology services business, which maintains, supports and upgrades the computing operations of thousands of corporate customers.
That business is sizable, with sales of about $19 billion a year, but it’s not where the growth opportunities lie in the technology business.