Posts Tagged ‘cloud computing’

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Geoffrey Moore: “Cloud computing will reengineer the entire landscape of enterprise IT”

From Geoffrey Moore, author of the iconic Crossing the Chasm, an interesting article predicting the trend and impact of cloud computing.  In summary his term “crossing the chasm” describes the adoption cycle of new technology, where “crossing” is the mainstream acceptance of a technology by the majority of target buyers.  In this article he applies this to the different areas cloud computing can serve, predicting the sequence of adoption.

A few takeaway quotes and my commentary

“The economics of cloud computing are so compelling it is clear, over time, that it will reengineer the entire landscape of enterprise IT”.

Agree, and see our next blog post about how Apps (enabled by cloud computing) are continuing to eat the world.

“Enterprise SaaS, with Salesforce.com being the canonical example, is the first enterprise cloud application to reach Main Street….  The big mistake early adopters made here was to overlay heavily customized processes and code onto this standard core, thereby undermining most of SaaS’s benefits.  Later adopters should avoid making this mistake.”

I think he’s wrong about the mistake…(cost-justified) customization is an important feature to retain.  Intuit updates QuickBase without breaking the customizations we (Advantage) build into QuickBase apps for our clients, and Salesforce and others need to do the same.  Don’t tell business users it is a mistake to customize cloud-based apps to work they way they need to work.

Collaboration.  This, I believe, will be the next big thing for enterprise IT, what other folks have been calling the “consumerization of enterprise IT,” what I and my colleagues have been calling “systems of engagement.”  The core idea here is to leverage all the collaborative technologies that have grown up in the Wild West of consumer computing—Facebook, Twitter, Skype, YouTube, and the like—and make them “enterprise ready,” a journey of civilizing that will take many iterations but will be justified by generating the next big productivity returns from IT.  These will come from empowering the middle of the organization…to work across organizational, enterprise, and national boundaries to coordinate disaggregated supply chains and sales and service channels.”

In our experience QuickBase and Salesforce apps are key collaborative apps.  I would differentiate Facebook and LinkedIn as “structured content publishing and sharing, and interactive posting”.  They differ in their structure from the QuickBase and Salesforce database apps, though there is overlap and we gain some of their value for our clients with apps that publish, share and track personnel skills, certifications, requests, ideas, and many other things.

If as business leaders you agree like we do with Mr. Moore’s conclusions, the action item takeaway is to accelerate your adoption of QuickBase and other proven cloud products to gain more benefits across your organization.

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Cloud Services Driving Outsourced Apps and App Development

From the CIO Journal of the Wall St. Journal, a sizable and rapidly growing proportion of company application purchases, development and hosting is being outsourced to cloud providers.

Cloud-based apps and development can be so much faster to get up and running, and easier to maintain.  We at Advantage see this on the front lines with our leading company clients, who are increasingly finding that we can make QuickBase win over internal and other alternatives for the many types of app solutions they need.  We also integrate QuickBase with common cloud-based apps and services from Google and others that they use, with combinations that improve their businesses faster than ever before.

 

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

New Cloud Power Tools for Business Units

We’re often asked: How are QuickBase and similar tools really different and better than the software we’re all used to using? The answer can give you the keys to drive significant new business improvement in your company.

We all use the standard desktop apps like MS Office to get our work done. The newer, more sharable versions of these are Gmail, Google Spreadsheets and Documents. While all are useful, they fall short at the next level–-when workgroups need centralized collaboration that supports their workflows and reporting needs. On the other end of the spectrum, companies’ main transaction systems, like GL and ERP are not meant for collaboration, or agile enough to keep up with your business unit’s dynamic, evolving needs. Off-the-shelf software can fall short too…giving you a lot of functionality you don’t need, missing some you do, and forcing you to buy multiple packages to meet multiple but often related needs (like managing customers and projects). This means there is an “App Gap” between the tools your workgroup and company have and the tools you really need.

Enter cloud-based online databases like QuickBase, that meet all those needs and more. They are established and have been used by leading companies for several years, but they are still “new” in the sense that many companies have not discovered them or are not using them nearly as broadly as they should be…leaving lots of new value to tap.

QuickBase is the most credible of the cloud-based/online databases that can fill your company’s App Gap in so many places. Tracking and Managing Marketing efforts, Sales, Customers, Projects, Orders, Production, Services, Support, Supply Chain, Assets, Facilities, Personnel…the list is nearly endless. And you can build all-in-one apps that do any combinations of these, just the way you need them. Whether you use a credible partner like us or do-it-yourself, you can gain tremendous value employing a tool like QuickBase in more places in your business.

Please post your questions or thoughts on this here.

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Objective Cloud interview with Scott Wyatt

Author Bruce Daley just interviewed Advantage’s founder and CEO for his Objective Cloud blog on the surge of business users in enterprises building their own apps in QuickBase and similar tools to meet their needs.