Thursday, June 11, 2009 market share

I recently came across the Equity research paper on from William Bliar & Company the has some research on the market size for

"........The application development market that salesforce is targeting with is $129 billion in size, much larger than the $16 billion CRM space. One way to look at the platform is that it theoretically allows every employee at every company to become a salesforce ......."

Here is the source document.


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Cloud Computing on NPR

There is a segment about cloud computing on NPR.

It is clear that the reliance on cloud is increasing on a daily basis. The interesting thing to watch is how government regulation will shape up for cloud services.

“We're all kind of used to the idea that if you don't pay your telephone bill, you know they're not going to shut off your phone while you're off on vacation ... But [for] your cloud storage service, there's no rules.”Harry Lewis, professor of computer science

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Ready for Linuix on Desktop / Laptop?

Like most of the folks, I am a Windows Desktop user. At the same time I am a big fan and always tried to use Linux / Unix for server platforms.

After reading a lot about Ubuntu, I finally though I will give it a spin. I got hold of a old Dell laptop and thought I should try installing on it first for the test drive.

Install Experience: It looks like Ubuntu still has some glitches, when it comes to installing on my laptop. After spending a few hours and reading around on message forums, I finally got the install working. Overall, I would say Ubuntu folks did a great job!!! I am very impressed.

User Experience: I used it for almost a day, and overall , I am extremely happy with the user experience. First of all, it does not have all the million list of processes always running, like my windows laptop. It is lot faster to boot. Even though this is a old Latitude laptop, seems to be running faster than my state of the art work laptop. The user interface is very clean and it took me just a few minutes to get used to.

Native applications:
Still there are quite a few windows applications I am used to, that are not available on Ubuntu by default. One example, I use google talk, and did not find gtalk support for Ubuntu. OpenOffice looks good and it is installed by default with Ubuntu, but need to get used to it to see if I like it.

Best: I like the synaptic package manager. I can search, deploy and manage almost all my applications from one single location.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Software Pricing

These three thought provoking and informative articles about Software pricing on are a great read.

Think twice before you re-price

The gaint crunching sound

Its the PITs (Pricing information technologies

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Understanding the Cloud Computing/SaaS/PaaS markets: a Map of the Players in the Industry

Peter Laird, Managing Architect at BEA and Kent Dickson, VP of Product Management at BEA did a great job of putting together a visual map of the cloud computing, SaaS Platforms and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) markets. Following is the link to the blog post:

Understanding the Cloud Computing/SaaS/PaaS markets: a Map of the Players in the Industry

Following is the visual representation that is on their blog post.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

SaaS Economics 2008

I presented some of my thoughts on SaaS Monetization in the SaaSEconomics Summit / SLAM 2008 conference. You can order proceedings of the SaaS Economics Summit from their website,

Following is a brief description of my talk.

The SaaS model of software delivery causes a host of operational and revenue generation challenges for businesses. This talk will illustrate the different scaling issues SaaS vendors face, and the monetary impacts of these issues. It will elaborate on the recurring revenue subscription model, and how it forces SaaS vendors to be mindful of ensuring client success for contract renewals. The talk will then explain the telecom industry approach to selling subscription services in large volumes, and the similarities of this in the SaaS industry. This will include an architectural overview of the various Telecom OSS/BSS (Operational Support Systems/Business Support Systems) components needed to efficiently deliver the services. The presentation will then elaborate how and why SaaS vendors should be thinking about a similar model for servicing their customers. It will describe the key components of the architecture that SaaS vendors must build, which will include the service catalog, order fulfillment, and billing like the telecom industry has done for several years.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

McKinsey 2008 Enterprise Software Survey

McKinsey released a new Enterprise Software Survey. You can get this survey from : McKinsey Survey. This has great info about trends in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)