Listen: I know this post is strange. As a consultant, it’s strange to
broadcast to the world that “Hey, you probably don’t need us.”
And before I get a call from my higher-ups, I should quickly add a caveat:
most businesses don’t need software consulting in its current form.
Here’s what I mean. Type “software consultant” into Google and see what
comes up. You’ll likely find pages of software resellers, all primed and
keyword optimized to sell you crap software.
Most of these consultants base their business model off licensing fees and
retainers. They get the fees from selling their partner’s software (*AHEM*
Microsoft and Salesforce *AHEM*), and they sign clients up on multi-year
Thing is, it’s true. Most small and medium-sized businesses don’t need
software consulting anymore.
Now, the reseller model worked fine 20 year... (more)
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: Enabl... (more)
It’s easy to always say no. Your systems function, the processes are clear,
it works. Why invest in cloud computing if nothing is broken? What’s wrong
We hear that sentiment all the time and it’s easily understood. Business
owners are risk adverse and they don’t want to fall for short-term fads,
especially with the backbone of their business (IT). That’s commendable.
Unfortunately, when a game changer like cloud computing comes along, undue
conservatism becomes increasingly costly. Here’s why.
1. When you overlook meaningful trends you then lend a strong competiti... (more)
There are more visible SaaS offerings, but e-signature services are fast
becoming a cornerstone of cloud-based business. It makes sense – why print
and sign paper documents when everything else is done online? Plenty of
companies are asking that question, and it shows: EchoSign, an e-signature
industry leader, reported growth of 216% between Q2 ‘09 and Q2 ‘10. Not
bad for a company named for a dolphin.
RightSignature is a relative newcomer to the e-signature game, but having
signed Farme... (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)