Manas Kumar, Thinking out Loud

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Posts Tagged ‘Web 2.0

Software as a Service – Change is imminent

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Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is receiving a lot of attention in analysts’ briefings and technology trade press articles. In the past year, SaaS has emerged from its pioneering group of start-ups and medium-sized vendors to be embraced, albeit awkwardly, by software giants including Oracle and SAP.

Much of the attention SaaS has garnered in recent months has focused on the new business model that on-demand software enables. However, some veteran technologists who’ve adopted SaaS for their own livelihood, and analysts as well, say that the phenomenon might well be the catalyst for a far wider-ranging discussion on software development for the next generation.

The highly interactive Web 2.0 model and iterative development have dovetailed to force even the most traditional programmers to at least consider the end of lengthy development cycles.

Software as a Service develpment companies are now perfectly positioned to provide all business software applications delivered via the clooud – no software to download, no risk of piracy, and no risk of hard drive failures. Read the rest of this entry »


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December 30, 2008 at 5:32 am

The unknown public liabilities of Web 2.0

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As an industry and as users of the modern Internet we have gone from our Internet childhood of Web 1.0, full of data innocence, data discretion, and truly permission-based advertising.  With the recent growth of personal data incidents we increasingly appear to be living during Internet adolescence, awash in personal data excess and advertising over-indulgence.

In many ways Web 2.0 is not a perfect progression of Web 1.0 aspirations.  Social networking users, for example, appear too willing to give up something of value to them today (their highly personal attributes of social, commerce, and professional dimensions) for what feels right at the moment, but without consideration for its potential privacy and reputation costs down the road.  Though Governor Palin was not a known or active social media user, her personal emails illustrated dimensions of her persona that impacted her social reputation, for better or worse. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 1, 2008 at 9:58 pm