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Suresh Sambandam

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I readily agreed when Ramasubramaniam VP of Chennai PMI Chapter asked me to speak on ‘Cloud Computing’ – obviously  ! But, I realized the twist only later. The topic was ‘Cloud Computing and Project Management – Impact on Global Delivery Model’.  !  Hmm.. project management is not one of my favorites but having agreed to speak in the event, I had no choice but to give a hard thought on this topic. Simply put the way I have internalized Project Management at the activity level is the PDCA model i.e., Plan - Do - Check - Act. But what really matters is the end result that a project manager produces i.e. delivering the project by working on Cost, Quality and Time. Cost-Quality-Time However, the paradox is -  out of those 3 only 2 can be tweaked. So, it is never possible to have faster, better and cheaper. It is almost always only 2 is possible.  Period. This is also co... (more)

Unifying the Enterprise Application Puzzle Pieces

Image Credit - http://www.lumaxart.com 15-20 years ago, enterprise application development, as we know today, wasn’t all that clear. All I can deduce, in a retrospective analysis – digging the internet, is that people knew the different puzzle pieces which are needed, in building an enterprise application. For example,   Need for abstracting business rules for modifying rules separately from rest of the application lead to the creation of the the BRE category with companies like iLog (now with IBM), Selectica (my ex-employer which is no longer in the BRE space – sad!),  Talarian... (more)

What Is PaaS All About? - Part 1

This is the first part of the multi-part series on "What is PaaS all about?" Let’s start by looking at the “Platform” story prior to Cloud. Enterprise IT did a lot of heavy lifting. They handcrafted the platform by combining various products such as App Servers, Web Servers, Databases, Middleware, Integration Servers, Portal Servers, and Workflow Engines. Not only did Enterprises IT create a unique combination for them, they also ended up redundantly deploying it for various projects within the enterprise. There was no common or central runtime platform, although they always inte... (more)

Okay, Let Me Say It - Generic PaaS Is Not Disruptive

Change. Continuous change is what we have witnessed, since computing began way back in the 1960s. We have had many transformational waves on how the software is built, deployed and accessed - from the COBOL and mainframes to client/server and PCs, to the web, to multi-tier and the whole 9 yards of how code was written, arranged, deployed and managed. And, then, cloud came with the mother of all changes and changed everything across the board. Not just technology change, but also brought about innovative approaches to the business models and delivery models. Platform as a Service... (more)

Why Old ERP Wine Can't Be Bottled in SaaS

There is a fundamental shift that is happening to ‘enterprise apps' in the SaaS world when compared to the On-premise ERP world. I tried to google for ERP vs SaaS and found articles like these: SaaS vs Traditional ERP : 5 Key Differentiators(http://it.toolbox.com) A Tale of Two Software Worlds: Old ERP vs. SaaS(http://www.zdnet.com) Impact of SaaS on the enterprise ERP market(http://www.infoworld.com) While, there is nothing wrong with these articles - I wasn't able to find one that addressed what I feel is a much more fundamental shift in the way the SaaS applications are / will ... (more)