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Publisher / Editor @ CloudAve and Enterprise Irregulars. Industry Observer, Blogger, Startup Advisor, Program Chair @ SVASE (Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs). In his "prior life" spent 15 years immersed in the business of Enterprise Software, at management positions with SAP, IBM, Deloitte, KPMG and the like.

14 responses to “Welcome to CloudAve – and Thank You, Harry”

  1. sunfever

    That Zoho (AdventNet) is sponsoring this blog is akin to Microsoft sponsoring a blog on SaaS’ed up Enterprise Email (read MS Exchange whoring). Will, whether you intent it to be or not sound like a plug for Zoho. And running on the Zoho blogging platform gives another hit to credibility. You will end up being perceived as the Zoho shill at the SaaS roundtable. And as far as customization goes the Zoho blogging platform is about as wieldy as a chinese scow! Better would be to move to WordPress and stick a Zoho advertising chicklet somewhere. Live or die by pageviews! Don’t get me wrong I love Zoho but this interaction model stinks. 🙂

    That apart, this blog is a great idea. An honest to goodness rip into enterprise SaaS is something that is badly needed. Will be following…

  2. r.stoeber

    Zoli, Ben, congratulations on getting this new blog launched. I don’t have any problem with the Zoho sponsorship as I trust them and you guys to keep this content truly independent – neither of you would benefit from slanted CloudLab reviews.

    I just have to comment on the interview with Harry Debes. He must live in a different world than I do. Small and mid-size companies I work with love the idea of SaaS, and more generally the whole promise of cloud computing. Also, basing his thesis on one company (“The hype is based on one company…”) and today’s volatile stock market seems very short-sighted.

  3. stanleyguo

    We all know that cloud computing has a strong computing power, because he provide adequate storage, bandwidth, cpu, load balancing, and other powerful advantages. And how to have more of these applications running on computing platforms, there should be one of the most easy to developers to use development tools.

    ZC-born should be calculated application development tools, because ZC have been based on a browser can do all the development, but also through the cloud computing services and access to the browser. Can be said to be an excellent match. ZC can be complex logic, by ZC very simple way to achieve rapid. At present a lot of cloud computing platform resources for the development of the emerging, but not a unified development tool to use these basic resources, because each has its own platform for development tools, such as google app engine with Python. This resulted in the development of personnel constraints, higher threshold, leading to cloud computing resources can not be fully utilized. So how to use simple and functional and powerful tool to develop more applications it is very important. I proposed, ZOHO and the popular GOOGLE APP, AWS and the upcoming development platform to provide cloud computing companies such as Microsoft to strengthen cooperation is a win-win results, because this will cloud the development of computing platforms provide a simple and a strong development Tools, so there will be more professional and non-professional developers to use ZC (because it was so easy to use), which are calculated cloud development platform providers will have more in their applications to run on the platform, will So that more of the public to enjoy more extensive cloud computing services. These clouds will also be calculated on the basis of adequate facilities have to play. ZC use of the development team will be more substantial. Is strong cooperation. The author recommends that:

    1, ZC will be converted into app development of the Python (calculated according to different cloud development platform, design a different translation), then run in those powerful server farms.

    2, with these proposals ZOHO cloud computing development platform providers, the platform will help them directly with ZC development and application procedures.

    I like clouds, the more love ZC and I hope that the ZC become the future development of computing platforms-the first choice of development tools.

  4. sireland

    With much the focus on “web tooo” services and techmeme rock stars you’d think that consumer based services were the only credible net plays. As an “IT Guy” it feels a bit like I’ve been hanging around a bunch of drunks at a carnival. Consumer services are influencing businesses and push/pulling IT, Zoho’s suite and Google Apps being obvious examples, but providing business services is a different beast – fashion does not win, value does and expectations are high. There are many interesting stories to be told in the confluence of all of this.

  5. zoli


    I can’t expect anyone to simply believe our editorial independence. All I can ask is keep on reading, and make a judgement call after a while. Instead of making promises, we’ll let our content do the talking:-)

    As to the platform, I don’t see it as a credibility issue, but I don’t like it any better than you do either. It’s a pretty shabby platform at this point, and as a blogger I would prefer WP. But that – showcasing Zoho’s technology – is the only “deal” we made with Zoho, in return for the sponsorship, which allows us to create good content, and invest in research, testing. I found it a good deal …
    I also trust the platform will improve (it has to!) as I’ve seen other Zoho products come it in so-so stage, then become leaders in a few months. So we will get there – and this will not just be a blog, but a more interactive site.

    Thanks for the comment, and I hope to hear from you more.

  6. vinnie mirchandani

    Lawson briefed a few of us Friday…here is their “updated SaaS positioning”

  7. Harry

    I don’t know about the large companies, but I’m working with a number of micro startups who are really jazzed about cloud computing. It’s a great way to control early costs and to ensure that current software is available throughout the company. And for the tech challenged entrepreneurs, it solves a bunch of IT problems.