QuickBase, which sponsors the AppGap blog that I write for, has recently upgraded its own blog, now titled the QuickBase Team Collaboration Blog. Its goals are to provide a “resource and viewpoint from QuickBase on how online workgroup applications are improving the way we work. We cover advice and tips to help you get the most from QuickBase, relevant broader market trends, and what we are doing at QuickBase.” The blog provides a nice example of an enterprise 2.0 vendor blog. Since interviewing a number of these vendors, first for the Fast Forward blog and now for the AppGap, I have been looking at their blogs. Now I am working on a listing of these blogs to include in the guides offered by the RSS feed reader, BlogBridge.
There were a number of good posts on the QuickBase blog such as the Evolution of Software as a Service for IT & the CIO. In this piece Alex Chriss conveys some of his experience dealing with SaaS over the past four years. Alex arote, “When I started at QuickBase 4+ years ago, SaaS barely existed and concepts like having someone else host your data and having end users build their own business applications was heresy to all but the most “enlightened CIO.” Now he quotes Jeff Kaplan’s SaaScon a Milestone for the SaaS Movement.
“…when SaaScon opened its doors on Tuesday morning there were over 900 registrants, approximately three times last year’s attendance…
The post PaaS, Enterprise 2.0, online database…what would you call us? by Peter Fearey introduced me to the term, PaaS or platform as a service. Peter linked to posts by Phil Wainewright and Duncan Riley on the term and the players. I like the term workspace applications but whatever the term I see tools like QuickBase and others in this space as the next generation of enterprise 2.0 tools, going beyond blogs and wikis to layer in more business functions to support team-based work.
In Customizable SaaS: An oxymoron or the next generation of SaaS?, Bill Lucchini counters the notion that SaaS cannot be customized as some argue like Galen Gruman who wrote an article on this point in CIO.com titled, The Truth About Software as a Service (SaaS). As Bill said, “I’d be hard pressed to find two identical QuickBase’s in the hundreds of thousands of applications deployed by our customers.” QuickBase recently showed the AppGap writers, including myself, a QuickBase application they developed to manage the blog. There is much more like this on the blog, this is just a sample.