Flow360 is one of a new breed of web-based services and collaboration tools. It is designed to make the process of managing and maintaining buildings, sites and their assets as streamlined and transparent as possible. Offering ease of information exchange between stakeholders within facilities management and asset maintenance partnerships, Flow360 is a cost-effective vehicle for storing, accessing and sharing integrated information to support value-for-money service delivery.
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Servoy, a leader in hybrid platform development, is teaming with PINS, a leading provider in delivering online business solutions to SMBs, including web hosting, application hosting and Software as a Service (SaaS) to provide a combined Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering.
The PaaS offering is a single stack that covers the full line of technology that any ISV needs to publish products as SaaS. The stack covers everything from development to infrastructure and allows ISVs to greatly reduce complexity of their SaaS environments.
PINS manages the infrastructure part of the offering – the core of this combined cloud computing offering. ISVs can also successfully offer their SaaS applications by using PINS HyperGrid™. PINS HyperGrid™, based on VMware, is a hosting platform in the real meaning of the term ‘on demand’. It meets the highest demands that are made these days with regard to availability, connectivity, security and scalable infrastructure. Customers of PINS are amongst others Alfa Romeo, Coca-Cola, Corus and Fitness First.
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Verio Inc., the leading provider in delivering online business solutions to SMBs worldwide, including web hosting, application hosting and Software as a Service (SaaS) and Servoy, a leader in hybrid platform development, have announced a Servoy Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering enabled with Verio infrastucture. The PaaS offering is a single stack that covers the full line of technology that any ISV needs to publish products as SaaS. The stack covers everything from development to infrastructure and allows ISVs to greatly reduce complexity of their SaaS environments.
Since 1988, Softwear has supplied automated systems for the wholesale and retail trade in fashion, sports and footwear industries — from lingerie to jeans to tennis shoes, covering everything from the initial studio to final checkout. Hundreds of wholesalers, as well as franchise and smaller independent retailers, now work with the Softwear Package, consisting of several modules that provide each store, importer or wholesaler with a customizable solution. Softwear’s solutions, reflected in its products and services, are innovative and easy-to-use.
As the adoption rate of SaaS (Software as a Service) applications goes through the roof – it looks like Washington has finally taken notice. There are several issues that are coming to the forefront – including privacy, data security, data ownership and data portability that I think will become hot issues both in the press and in the legal system over the next couple of years.
According to a September 2008 report from Pew Internet – 69% of all Internet users have either stored data online or used a web-based software application. And from the following statistics – that number isn’t going to be shrinking any time soon:
51% of Internet users who have done a cloud computing activity say a major reason they do this is that it is easy and convenient.
41% of cloud users say a major reason they use these applications is that they like being able to access their data from whatever computer they are using.
39% cite the ease of sharing information as a major reason they use applications in cyberspace or store data there.
Unfortunately, I also suspect that as cloud-based solution adoption continues to grow – it’s inevitable that government will get involved at some point. We all know that there will be lawsuits – that’s a given. The good news (if you’re an ISV) or the bad news (if you’re a major SaaS/PaaS player) is that the big guys will get it first.
There are a whole host of issues that have not yet been worked out – either from a legal perspective, or from a marketplace “common practices” view point:
Who owns the data?
Should law enforcement have easier access to cloud data than data on a PC (hint: they do right now)
What happens if you want to move your data to another provider with similar services?
What is the liability limit if the host gets hacked and sensitive data is made public (or just stolen)?
The best defense is a good offense. Make sure you plan from the beginning how (or if) your users will be able to extract their own data from the system either for backup purposes or for moving it to a different system. How will you handle record deletion – really delete or just “hide” the records for easy “restore?” How long will you maintain a customer’s data after they cancel their account? How will you handle security and data privacy? Does your insurance cover you in case of data breach?
Thre are lots of things to think about – and you should get some advice from both legal counsel and also talk to your hosting provider and see if they can help point you in the right direction.
From a tech point-of-view: if you’re building your SaaS application in Servoy – you’re already ahead of the game since Servoy is flexible enough to allow you to do on-premises as well as hosted SaaS; is already cross platform and multi-database aware; allows you to script exports easily, etc.
By choosing Servoy at least you know that the technology side is handled… now if only the other parts of your business were as easy!
At ServoyWorld last week we announced (and did a demo: it’s not vaporware) our upcoming Servoy 4.1 platform upgrade. Although the number indicates a minor upgrade it actually is a major feature release for ISV’s! Why? Because Servoy 4.1 allows you to roll your own Force.com-like platform: you can be your own Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider! What does it mean?
With 4.1 you can allow both your end-users and third party developers to develop and deploy applications (user interfaces, data and logic) right inside your own application. With 4.1 – we’ve made PaaS even more appealing: 4.1 is more powerful than force.com, 4.1 is easier to setup and there is no hosting lock-in as with Force.com. You can even run the same application as an on Premises app, as well as client/server (over the Internet) all from the same single code base.
In Tech-Speak: In 4.1 we allow you to create objects (any type) on-the-fly, bind them to data and present them to a user. You can do this both with our Smart Client and with our Web Client, again from the same code-base! This is really revolutionary – as this is one of the first products that allows you to create, instantiate and bind data objects on the fly at runtime (even in a browser!).
We’re going to release this version later this year – and we’ll have it in public beta for you to try out in the next couple of months. If you’re an ISV and would like to have a demo right now let us know (sales AT servoy DOT com) and we’ll setup a webinar for you.