Category: Cloud Computing

How Cloud Computing is Changing Product Management

Everyone is talking about cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) these days.  Almost every technology vendor has announced a cloud strategy – even the traditional software zealots.  But what do cloud computing and SaaS mean for product managers?   The impacts are more significant than you may think.  From pricing and profitability measurement to sales and marketing, cloud is having a noteworthy influence on the…

Platform Business Models

A few months ago I read an excellent book by Phil Simon entitled the Age of the Platform.  This is a must read for any strategist in the technology sector.  Platforms are, without question, the most successful business model of the 21st century.  And the current market valuations of companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon.com provide excellent proof…

Explaining Platform as a Service – Part 2

In my last post, I discussed the business rationale behind one of the key tenets of cloud computing – Infrastructure as a Service or IaaS.  Services such as Amazon.com’s EC2 enable startups to avoid all the painful, costly and time-consuming efforts of setting up a data center infrastructure.  With IaaS new companies do not need to invest as much in…

Explaining Platform-as-a-Service to Business Executives

Everyone is talking about cloud computing these days.  As a spokesperson at a technology firm I am often asked to my opinion of the various models by employees, journalists and customers.  Perhaps the most confusing concept in the area of cloud computing is Platform as a Service or PaaS.  I recently completed reading Marc Benioff’s book Behind the Cloud, which…

Cloud Product Managers need to Take More Responsibility for Operational Aspects of their Services

In my last post, I began a discussion on how the role of product managers is changing with the emergence of SaaS and cloud computing.  One of the most significant differences product managers need to embrace surrounds the pricing model.  Another significant challenge is in the area of requirements gathering.  Product managers need to not only define the features and…

Pricing Cloud Services

Everyone is talking about cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) these days.  Almost every technology vendor has announced a cloud strategy – even the traditional software zealots.  But what do cloud computing and SaaS mean for product managers?  In a recent report, Forrester Research stated that “No member of the development effort faces greater change in moving into the SaaS world…

Outages Suffered by Cloud Computing and SaaS Providers

Over the past 18 months there have been an increasing number of high-profile outages amongst providers of cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) vendors.  Application vendors Intuit and Workday both suffered extensive service disruptions, which impacted a broad segment of their user community.  Infrastructure providers have suffered short outages over the past year as well.  Even heavy weights amazon.com and Google…