Tag Archives: application development

Modulus Acquisition Marks Progress for Node.js

Progress announced today its “next generation” development platform in the acquisition of Modulus, the dPaaS provider of highly-scalable Cloud development solutions. Modulus, a very small company with 5 employees and 450 customers, provides a platform for Node.js JavaScript solutions and MongoDB databases. Modulus will continue as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Progress and will most likely receive considerable investment to enable its expansion and growth. In addition to Modulus solutions in the Cloud, Progress will offer its customers licensing for private Clouds.

Node.js, an event-driven, server-side platform designed for distributed network applications that compiles and executes JavaScript at very high speeds. Node.js runs on Continue reading

Dev Ops – Fireside Chat with Graham Hill, SVP Cloud Infrastructure at Citi (CBS2013)

On September 25, 2013, Saugatuck held its 3rd annual Cloud Business Summit at the Westin Times Square in New York City.  As with prior Summits, our event brought together more than 100 large-enterprise CIOs, CTOs and senior business and finance leaders – to explore how they can and are realizing value from the Cloud. This year’s conference theme was “Rethinking Business Innovation.

In this featured Fireside Chat, Graham Hill, SVP Cloud Infrastructure at Citi, and Charlie Burns, VP at Saugatuck Technology, discuss key issues related to the evolving field of Dev Ops. The deployment of Cloud infrastructure is no doubt helping to create a more agile application development environment while dramatically reducing the IT support staff required for development operations. This one-on-one Fireside Chat explores how the new economics of Cloud are fueling business innovation by dramatically reducing the cost of trying new approaches, new Continue reading

dPaaS: Is the Real Payback Control or Productivity?

For providers of Cloud solutions targeting the Boundary-free Enterprise™, whether enterprise IT or Cloud ISV, partnering with a Cloud development platform provider will be a strategic decision.

Saugatuck Planning Position (SPP): By YE2017, Enterprises, ISVs (and pure-play Cloud providers) will require improved flexibility in developing and enhancing core business operational functionality in loosely-coupled solutions across the Boundary-free Enterprise™ platforms.

In considering and evaluating Cloud development Platform as a Service solutions, enterprise IT or Cloud ISV buyers are generally not acquiring an off-the-shelf solution, but entering into a developing relationship with their provider. Consider the history over the past five years of Microsoft’s Windows Azure Platform, which has evolved and deepened the portfolio of functional capabilities available there, and what was once embryonic has now become much more fully realized.

How many of the long list of onetime PaaS contenders are still in business and have not been acquired: Amazon, Apprenda, Bungee Connect, CollabNet, Coghead, ComRange, Cordys, CloudBees, EngineYard, EMC, EnSiM, Fujitsu, Google, Heroku, IBM, Interneer, Jamcracker, LongJump, Microsoft, MorphLabs, OrangeScape, Parallels, Progress, RedHat, Rollbase, Salesforce, SAP, Servoy, Wavemaker, WorkXpress? How many of these PaaS contenders have merged together? How many are still in business, but not yet on the map?

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Dimension Data And Application Modernization

What is Happening?           

Last week, Saugatuck held a very interesting briefing with Keao Caindec, CMO of Dimension Data Cloud Solutions, on Dimension Data’s overall business and Cloud strategy and realities.  In addition to focusing on some of their key short and mid-term initiatives and getting a solid update on the state of the business, our conversation extended into a terrific discussion around application modernization and likely workload migration scenarios for larger enterprises in the coming years, as the Boundary-free Enterprise™ fully takes form.

Caindec reiterated Dimension Data’s publically stated commitment to grow its top line from approximately $6 Billion (US) in 2013 to approximately $12 Billion (US) by YE2018. While acquisitions will play an important role going forward, we got the sense that the company believes it is well positioned to drive significant organic growth.

Meanwhile, the company’s Cloud Solutions division is clearly focused on continuing to expand its large-enterprise user business, but it is also going back to its base and focusing on its significant heritage hosting pure-play SaaS providers, and ISVs transitioning to the Cloud. Most of the core OpSource team is still on board, with some targeted sales and marketing initiatives that should help them gain significant traction in these segments in 2014-2015.  Continue reading

The API Economy – An Interview with Kerrie Holley (IBM Fellow), Part II

Saugatuck’s Bill McNee and Mike West recently caught up with IBM Fellow Kerrie Holley, who is focused on Scalable Business Services and the API Economy within IBM Research.

This blog post provides an abridged version of Part II of our deep-dive interview with Kerrie, who explores the implications of the key trends on the IT organization, where IT spend is shifting, the emergence of Cloud-based businesses, and managing complexity in the API economy. The interview wraps up with some practical guidance for CIOs, as well as Continue reading

The API Economy – An Interview with Kerrie Holley (IBM Fellow), Part I

Saugatuck’s Bill McNee and Mike West recently caught up with IBM Fellow Kerrie Holley, who is focused on Scalable Business Services and the API Economy within IBM Research.

This blog post provides an abridged version of Part I of our deep-dive interview with Kerrie, who offers a range of insightful views regarding the convergence of Cloud, mobile, social and advanced analytics, the evolution toward what IBM terms the 4th era of IT (Cognitive Computing), the API economy, the role and rapid emergence of wearable computing devices, and the shift toward Continue reading

Some Answers to My Questions for the Progress CTO

As I recounted yesterday (see related Lens360 blog post), my scheduled meetings with Progress Executives at Progress Exchange 13 took a twisted path. My initial session with CTO Karen Padir was cancelled at the last moment, and a short, friendly session with CEO Phil Pead was hastily substituted. That meeting with the Progress CEO was an unexpected bonus, but I still had those questions I wanted to ask the new CTO, and it didn’t look like it would be possible.

Despite the snafu in scheduling, the Progress team closed ranks, surrounded the problem and made sure I got my answers. I addition I got a good look at how effectively and considerately Progress can respond.

My afternoon meetings with John Goodson, Chief Product Officer, and Michael Benedict, VP of Pacific Cloud and Open Edge, went off as scheduled. I learned firsthand about the new Progress Pacific Cloud integration capability, Easyl, with its ease-of-use Continue reading

Three Questions I Would Have Asked The New Progress CTO

When I arrived at the Boston Westin Waterfront last night after a long drive, I was amazed to see the dramatic orange signage announcing Progress Exchange. Progress has always been the best-kept secret in the IT industry, and this was something new. After I checked in I registered at the conference and got my meeting assignments. I was particularly looking forward to meeting with Karen Tegan Padir, the new Progress CTO, to learn more about the Pacific platform, the Progress PaaS announced in August.

The keynotes were spectacular and highly persuasive. Both Phil Pead the new CEO and Karen Padir, the new CTO, were well rehearsed and entertaining. I tweeted almost thirty times during Continue reading

Appirio Adds TopCoder

Appirio has acquired TopCoder, a global leader in design, development and analytics solutions for companies and governments for more than a decade. Combining TopCoder with Appirio’s crowdsourcing Cloud marketplace, CloudSpokes, creates world’s largest professional development and design community.

CloudSpokes, the world’s first and only crowdsourcing community focused exclusively on cross-cloud development, includes more than 72,000 members from over 100 countries who have completed nearly 600 development challenges. Saugatuck recently analyzed these development challenges for their success rates and costs and determined that not only was crowdsourcing far more cost-effective, it produced higher-quality results and 62 percent fewer failures than employing a full-time developer to perform the same tasks.

The trend in large enterprises and in ISVs in the Cloud to reach out and access the expertise of development communities is Continue reading