We were recently Tweeted an inquiry about what exactly cloud computing
means. If you are listening in to tech chatter these days it's impossible
to avoid the flurry of opinions about what the cloud is.
So ... we figured we might as well add our two cents and spent a thought
provoking morning developing a cloud stack analogy.
Cloud services tend to fit into the category of SaaS
(Software-as-a-Service), PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service)
or IaaS(Infrastructure-as-a-Service), each one delivering a service that
encompasses the stack components below. So, IaaS provides everything needed
for server operation so that customers don't have to set-up their own server
operation, hardware and server connectivity. PaaS adds a further layer of
integrating providing the traditional server stack elements and installed
code bases and databases as well as frequently layering on a codele... (more)
On yet another application review with a prospective client the issue of
potentially troublesome data entity relationships came up. A number of our
clients are existing QuickBase users who have made an initial attempt to
design their applications and find that some assistance is needed. The
first thing we look at to understand their application requirements are the
data entity relationships.
This is done in the context of both their existing application as well as
their general business requirement because often applications are not
correctly designed to support the structure... (more)
We are rolling out a project next week that is really one of our crowning
achievements as a small company. The project involves replacing an
out-dated and cumbersome Access database that runs a sales and loan process
for our medium sized client with an end-to-end solution based
on QuickBase. What is most exciting is that we are integrating three
external data sources as part of the process; web based application capture,
credit reports and electronic signatures.
Our recent adoption of the Talend ETL technology to run our integrations has
opened the door for us to tackle this pr... (more)
It seems that about every 10 years the Internet takes on a new popular name.
In the late 90′s the term World Wide Web (www) set the standard but as a
new generation of SaaS and more connected applications came online the
Internet needed a rebranding and the Web 2.0 revolution came into favor. By
2010 the concept of Web 2.0 was almost long forgotten and the Cloud started
to dominate the popular terminology. While Cloud technically refers to an
infrastructure model for elastic scalability most people use the term to
refer to applications supported by the Internet in general.
If y... (more)
Our conversation continues about the optimal mix of technology to support
business process. In "Living IT, QuickBase Leads The Way", we discussed the
concept of Living IT and why organizations should plan for changing and
dynamic technology. To elaborate further on this topic we want to introduce
some ideas around what we refer to as the the Application Ecosystem and how
technologies such as PaaS and ETL fit in.
The Application Ecosystem of an organization is a broad way to refer to the
various technology tools that the organization uses. This applies to