Watch carefully how Facebook responds to the tizzy over its page-design changes. It could be a case study on how to do software in a cloud-computing future.
Looking at recent earnings announcements, it may well be that open-source software vendors are making the most money from software while proprietary vendors retreat to services revenue.
In all the hype around Software as a Service (SaaS) as a way to bring down prices and drive value to the customer, one thing is conveniently overlooked: SaaS is the ultimate lock-in platform. That may be about to change.
Thinking of and delivering IT as a service allows IT to become part of the business, and not merely the dumb bits behind it. Open source and SaaS make it all happen. Savvy IT shops will invest in both.
The disconnect at many vendors between forward-looking SaaS and cloud computing strategies and their more tactical midmarket plays is, at the very least, a strategic oversight.
Free Software Foundation releases a variation of the GPL that brings its reciprocity obligations to software running as an online service.
Opera Software and Vietnamese service provider Vinaphone join forces to bring a subscription model for app purchases to the country.
Open source doesn't sit well with SaaS. Here's one idea of how to fix that.
For a monthly fee, Adobe hopes to bring us the less-paper office.
Underneath the software-as-a-service hype, large organizations have a real concern. Yup, security jitters again.