Here at VM we’re planning our spring 2011 conference tour and we’re happy
to say there’s a lot going on in the world of presentations and meetings
about cloud-computing. Deadlines are fast-approaching though, so check out
the list we’ve put together below and see if there’s something happening
near you… hope to see you there!
Note: this list is incomplete and bound to change. Descriptions were taken
off the sponsoring organizations’ websites and so may not reflect content
and/or quality. Don’t hold us accountable if a conference sucks.
What: Global Services Conference 2011: Enabling Business Transformation
Through Global Sourcing
When: January 27, 2011 Where: NYC Cost: $1295.00 conference fee for
“There are… forces playing out in the industry that define the next
generation of services ... (more)
We’ve been absent from the blogosphere for awhile now and thought we’d
make our reentry with a simple definition. Cloud computing. What is it? How
is it different from, well, normal computing? What does it mean for business
owners? Where is it headed?
Generally speaking, “cloud computing” is the use of the Internet to run
applications or store data. Until recently, most software programs ran on
your personal computer. Cloud computing changes that: programs run on a
remote server (or servers), accessed by (but not stored on) your computer.
Web-based email? Cloud computing. Google... (more)
Yes, this is a repost, but it’s just so good we couldn’t help
The Support, It Is a-Changin’
In the good ‘ole days when software still need installing and executives
regularly printed their emails, software “support” was a strange thing.
Sure, Microsoft had helplines you could call, and Quicken came with a manual,
but it wasn’t “support” per se: more like a robotic attempt to appease
the odd granny or two. Software personified the impersonal.
These days that’s all changing. As cloud computing and SaaS go mainstream,
software vendors are increasingly connected with consu... (more)
Last week we received an email from Thinkfuse, a cloud app that delivers
“simple status reports.”
To make a long story short, they told us (and their many customers) that they
were purchased by Salesforce and were shutting down operations.
Here’s a screenshot of the email:
Getting bought by Salesforce is big news for Thinkfuse. They probably made a
splash load of cash for themselves and their investors. They’re now
involved with a product serving millions of subscribers, instead of a few
thousand. They’re moving up the totem pole.
Unfortunately, the deal is less good news for Thin... (more)
Let’s say you buy nonrefundable, nontransferable tickets to see the
Superbowl. In economics, that’s a “sunk cost” – an irretrievable past
Now say the Superbowl comes and you feel sick. Really sick. You’re
convinced that going will be less fun than staying at home – but because
you bought the tickets, you go anyways (and have a terrible time, especially
if you’re a Broncos fan).
“Sunk cost” – get it?
Game theorists call this self-defeating behavior the “Concorde fallacy,”
after the ill-advised Concorde plane, which operated for decades despite
never making (or bein... (more)