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Cloud Applications: Proper Prior Planning Prevents Proprietary Penalization

by Eric Knipp  |  January 28, 2015  |  1 Comment

If you’re considering the cloud for custom application development, you’re probably licking your chops over its promise of rapid time to value, smooth scalability and the prospect of delegating the management of the underlying I&O mess to a cloud service provider. Cloud-native applications promise to unleash the productivity of the next generation of developers. Not so fast. Value […]

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Private PaaS is For Real

by Eric Knipp  |  May 20, 2013  |  2 Comments

Large enterprises are very interested in the PaaS value proposition, but much less interested in making strategic commitments to public PaaS. This is generally true of public cloud overall. Only in the SaaS area do we see substantially less durdling by our enterprise clients. My working theory is that this is mostly because popular SaaS options […]


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PaaS-O-Nomics 101

by Eric Knipp  |  October 9, 2012  |  14 Comments

PaaS reduces the incremental cost of a custom application. Because demand for custom applications is elastic with respect to price, maturation and proliferation of PaaS will drive growth in custom application development. The Debate. I’ve been engaged in a discussion with a colleague about the relative importance of application development vs. application delivery. This might […]


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Don’t Bring a Differentiated Knife to a Commodity Gun Fight

by Eric Knipp  |  March 6, 2012  |  3 Comments

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced yet another cut in its infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) pricing (it also announced cuts in select PaaS capabilities, including the relational database service). I’ve been telling Gartner clients for years that this will never stop. is a retailer and at its core, AWS is a retail business. It is a mistake to look […]


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Cloud Services Enterprise Generalist Strategies Emerge

by Eric Knipp  |  February 15, 2012  |  Comments Off

Cloud computing has become an important element of every enterprise IT provider’s business strategy and it is long past time to treat “a cloud [as] water vapor,” as Oracle CEO Larry Ellison famously said in 2009. Even Oracle is now well-entrenched in the cloud war through both acquisition and internal initiatives. Microsoft, IBM, SAP, and […]

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Execution (dot) meme

by Eric Knipp  |  February 14, 2010  |  1 Comment

Differentiation is important, but execution is everything.

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Little Fluffy Clouds

by Eric Knipp  |  September 16, 2009  |  Comments Off

What were the skies like when you were young? Today we’ve published our most extensive work thus far profiling the providers of Cloud Application Platforms. Our research includes forty companies, all of which deliver some type of platform enabling development of Web applications using a Cloud Computing model. A few weeks ago I blogged that […]

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