In the world of enterprise software, we sometimes find ourselves with a mismatch between sellers and customers. From my worm's-eye view, we seem to be wrestling with one of those mismatches right now.
My typical week is mostly spent in conversations with customers. Sometimes it's more of a formal work scenario with higher education institutions as part of my role with Sierra Cedar. More often than not, it's a bit more informal: advising customers across (more...)
Coming into Los Angeles --From Arlo Guthrie's "Coming Into Los Angeles
Bringing in a couple of keys
But don't touch my bags if you please
Mister Customs Man
As I write this, I’m on the road again…Los Angeles. It’s my good fortune to be attending some collaboration sessions on designs for new Oracle Cloud Applications. Can’t talk about the apps being developed…sorry. But the attendees include Oracle Development, the Oracle (more...)
So, as many of you know, I've been working out different ways to host my Oracle labs and demos instances without chewing up phenomenal amounts of disk space and processing power. Lately, I've been diving into Docker
Docker has turned out to be pretty cool and very easy to learn. And it's lightweight. The idea is that you run containers - your app, your operating system, and your virtual machine - bundled together in a (more...)
Most people who know me professionally know about my enthusiasm for enterprise applications delivered via the SaaS model. In terms of adoption and agility, SaaS is a winner. But, at the same time, I also recognized that SaaS is not for everybody. Those who customize heavily and those who want to retain a higher level of control are probably better off with on-premise enterprise applications.
So I was happy to hear about Cliff Godwin, Oracle's (more...)
I'm spending the latter part of my week at the Utah Oracle User Group Training Days
conference. It's a nice regional conference for me to engage with...it's local to me here in Salt Lake City. So I get to participate in the conference and still go home every night. Pretty sweet.
But being local is not the best thing about this conference. The best thing about this...or most user group conferences, for that (more...)
If you want itHere it is, come and get itMmmm, make your mind up fastIf you want itAnytime, I can give itBut you better hurryCause it may not last
- From "Come And Get It", written by Sir Paul McCartney and originally recorded by Badfinger
I'm watching changes in the SaaS world...some people are keeping up with the changes, and some people are not. The approach (more...)
It's really, really early on a Monday morning as I write this: "zero dark-thirty". Some ideas just refuse to allow sleep until you share them. So, while shivering in the pre-dawn cold, I offer the following for your consideration...
Picture if you will, just for a moment, the idea that your enterprise applications system is like an iceberg. There are the system costs that you can see. Then there are the costs below the water (more...)
plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
-- Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, Les Guêpes, January 1849 volume
Translation: the more things change, the more they stay the same.
It's been an interesting first year with Io Consulting...uh, I mean Sierra Cedar, Inc. I've had the opportunity to dig deep into the unique Higher Education marketplace, and to help spread the message about Oracle's Cloud Application Services (more...)
Reading departure signs in some big airport
Reminds me of the places I've been.
Visions of good times that brought so much pleasure
Makes me want to go back again.
If it suddenly ended tomorrow,
I could somehow adjust to the fall.
Good times and riches and son of a b*****s,
I've seen more than I can recall
I just came back from the East Coast Oracle User Group conference. Good conference. Lots of solid, technical knowledge being shared. Being there got me to thinking...
Over the past few years, a big concern for people attending conferences is the need to justify their attendance. It's a big deal. And, in my own mine, the only real justification is what you bring back, share and apply post-conference. Let me tell you a story (can (more...)