In the context of our devops coverage, we often speak about the ongoing need for new application development (appdev) approaches caused by emerging drivers such as mobile, social and cloud platforms. Cloud-native apps beg for different architectures than the classic, on-premises three-tiered approach, while the need to integrate with more services than ever has been charging along since the days of mashups-cum-composite applications. In short, companies are always seeking new ways to write and deploy apps, especially in the enterprise space, where complete greenfield opportunities are not as plentiful as they are in the consumer segment. Enterprise systems often have numerous legacy data stores and business processes that must be integrated, all with enterprise-grade governance, risk, and compliance (GRC).
As we noted when we initiated coverage of EnterpriseWeb last year, the company has an ambitious proposal to address many of these concerns with its ‘everything platform.’ Marketing an all-inclusive platform like this can be difficult, especially with so many contenders in the space. However, the company reported bookings of about $2m for 2012 and says it is now closing deals of $500,000-2m.
Microsoft shot for consistency with Metro, putting the square interface on its tablets, phones and PCs under something it called three-screens and the cloud. Yet Microsoft was wrong to lump PC users in with device users, as it turned out neither customers nor developers wanted Metro on their PC – they hated it.
There is a notion that Metro was a failure there, which would be good to see the proof points in (low Window 8 uptake?). But, putting that footnoting aside as a distraction from interesting noodling, there’s a fun idea in there that we’ll see a lot in the coming years: do mobile devices need different UIs and UX than PCs, and Bice versa?
Some choice clipart spotted in a PowerPoint.
Rebecca Greenfield, writing for Fast Company, traces the return of the internet newsletter to the death of Google Reader. A representative from TinyLetter told her that there was an uptick in users just as Google pulled the plug last year. Some of us switched to other RSS readers, nevertheless a number of bloggers saw their community and traffic take a hit, and posted less as a result.
We subscribe to newsletters because we like someone and take interest in their unique points-of-view. Unless I am mistaken, hate-subscribing isn’t actually a thing.
As pointed to in the last part of the quote, part of the allure of email newsletters is more perfectly “capturing” (I don’t know what more concise word to use) your audience and directly knowing who they are. There’s much value in that for people who are trying to establish their independence by building up a “captured” audience – that’s what, for example, Scoble’s value is: he’s a “channel” of “eyeballs” that follow him around. That may all sound creepy – feel free to use the word “conversation” if you want to be all Cluetrain – it’s all synonyms to me.
Also, this is another case of the cobbler’s kids wearing no shoes for me.
Silicon Valley nurtures a winner-take-all culture that thinks in terms of monopolies and absolute market dominance. The concept of sharing a market with competitors is anathema
And if you guys remember, JavaWorld 2000, 2001. Remember when they hired Britney Spears to be the spokesperson for Java.com? Like the world’s worst effort to attempt to be kind of this emotive brand. It was awful.
One of the companies I’ve followed closely over the years took funding recently, for the first time. This short Analyst Note covers the funding, including this quick market overview:
We expect to see more interest in the development space, driven not only by devops but also by companies’ increasing desire to use custom-written software to expand their business. Vendors like Atlassian are also riding this wave – Atlassian reported fiscal 2013 revenue of $149m for its ALM offerings.
The developer tools space should be fun over the next year. The most recent, fuller report we did TaskTop is from April.