Will the Appliance Approach Gain Traction in the Wake of Recent Cloud Outages?

June 17th, 2010

This week’s service outage at Intuit is fueling a new round of speculation about the dark side of cloud computing–and whether businesses can depend on cloud-based services to run their businesses. Intuit’s problems come on the heels of other service … Continue reading

What is Hybrid Computing, and Why Should You Care?

June 10th, 2010

(Originally published on June 9, 2010, in Small Business Computing) What is Hybrid Computing? A hybrid computing platform lets customers connect the packaged small business software applications that they run on their own internal desktops or servers to applications that … Continue reading

Top Trends Most Evident at the 2010 Small Business Technology Summit

March 18th, 2010

Back in the beautiful Live Free or Die state after attending the 2010 Small Business Summit earlier this week. This is a fantastic event coordinated by Ramon Ray and Marian Banker, and held at the Digital Sandbox in the financial district … Continue reading

Intuit and Microsoft – two SMB market leaders partnering on cloud platform strategies to deliver web applications

January 20th, 2010

This agreement provides an end-to-end applications development environment and marketing/sales channels for application developers to develop and market application solutions to small businesses. Key elements of the agreement include: Broadening the applications developer community to develop SMB focused applications – … Continue reading

What Is Green IT, and Why Should You Care?

January 4th, 2010

(Originally published in Small Business Computing, December 29, 2009) Technology insiders tend to throw around technical terms and business jargon, assuming people outside the industry understand what it all means. By its nature, technology vocabulary is often confusing and complicated, … Continue reading

FinancialForce: A New Force in Cloud-based Accounting

October 6th, 2009

Last week, Unit 4 Aggresso, parent company of CODA, announced that it has teamed up with Salesforce.com to launch FinancialForce.com. FinancialForce.com is actually Coda2Go, the cloud based accounting application that CODA built from the ground up on the Force.com platform, … Continue reading

What’s a Business App Appliance, and Why Should You Care?

August 6th, 2009

(Originally published June 18, 2009 in Small Business Computing) Technology insiders tend to throw around technical terms and business jargon, assuming people outside the industry understand what it all means. By its nature, technology vocabulary is often confusing and complicated, and … Continue reading

Prognosis on SAP’s Business ByDesign – SaaS based ERP solution for the core mid-market

July 31st, 2009

I came across a good analysis on some aspects of SaaS vs. on-premise vendors and solutions in the smoothspan post Why Do SaaS Companies Lose Money Hand Over Fist? After reading through the post and various responses, I have some comments … Continue reading

Intuit Partner Platform: Changing the Rules of Cloud Platforms with Federated Applications

June 15th, 2009

Cloud platforms, or “platforms-as-a-service” (PaaS) are quickly becoming a key channel for application developers. By writing and publishing their applications to integrate with those of a major PaaS provider, such as Salesforce.com or Microsoft, smaller developers can gain instant access … Continue reading

Will CPAs Bring the Cloud to Earth for SMBs?

April 8th, 2009

Just last week, I blogged about how some IT pundits and vendors are falling into the trap of turning the cloud into yet another confusing and over-hyped industry buzzword, and the need to bring cloud conversations down to earth for … Continue reading