I have recently spent far too much time in far too many conversations in which the terms "cloud" and "SaaS" are used interchangeably. Let's be clear: the two terms are not interchangeable as they describe very different concepts.
Cloud. There are many definitions out there. Marketers and sales people. Engineers. Industry analysts. The National Institute of Standard and Technology.
Frankly, most of those definitions are either wrong, or they're technically accurate while thoroughly useless. (more...)
Happy New Year! No predictions from me for 2016...we've all seen how poorly that works out. No resolutions either (although I may open a fitness gym called "Resolutions"...the place converts into a bar at the end of January). Instead, I simply leave you with the wisdom of Dr. Seuss; something to consider as you kick off the new year.
The Zode In The Road
Did I ever tell you about the young (more...)
I've been going through an amazing experience over the past month plus...purchased and began wearing an Apple iWatch. Never really thought I would do so...kind of did it on the spur of the moment. Plus a little push from my team lead at Oracle, who wears one and loves it.
Even after a month of wearing the iWatch, I can't really point at one particular feature that makes it worthwhile. It's really more (more...)
Over the month since I've joined Oracle, many people has asked about the work I'm doing here. And, in all honesty, the work is so varied that I've had a difficult time describing it.
Yesterday, I was traveling from my home in Salt Lake to Oracle Corporate HQ in Redwood Shores. Having landed in San Francisco, I was in a rush to get my rental car, make the drive to HQ, and get (more...)
There are two extremely bad decisions commonly made with enterprise software, and I see both take place every day.
This doesn't work the way we expect. File a bug.
Over the years, my own experience tells me that two-thirds of bugs filed aren't really bugs. What we really have is a user who fails to understand how the software works. And, yes, we can always respond with RTM (or worse), but the stream of bugs (more...)
Yup, moving on one more time. Hopefully for the last time. I’m leaving Sierra-Cedar Inc. for a position as Sr. Director with Oracle's HCM Center of Excellence team.
As an enterprise software guy, I see the evolution of SaaS and Cloud as the significant drivers of change in the field. I want to be involved, I want to contribute in a meaningful way, I want to learn more, and I want to be at the (more...)
I'm a student of history. There is so much to be learned from it. Today's lesson comes from NASA and relates directly to enterprise software projects.
From 1992 to 1999, NASA launched 16 major missions under the umbrella of the "Faster, Better, Cheaper" or "FBC" program umbrella. These unmanned space exploration missions included five trips to Mars, one to the Moon, four Earth-orbiting satellites and an asteroid rendezvous. 10 of the 15 missions were great (more...)
Let's start today's thought with a tidbit from the Standish Group's 2013 Chaos Report. In that report, the Standish Group cheerfully shares that IT project success came in at 39%...cheerful because that is an improvement.
In other words, 6 out of 10 IT projects are failing to meet schedule, cost and quality objectives and we're thinking that's good news. Yikes!!!
If we look at the numbers in SaaS carefully - regardless of vendor (more...)