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‘SaaS Makers’ Give Rise to a New Dotcom Boom
Emerging Platform as a Service tools are accelerating the rate of innovation by orders-of-magnitude
New PaaS development tools, like Virtual Global’s SaaS Maker, lower the cost of building your own dotcom to zero. "The cloud has changed the game," said Cary Landis, Virtual Global CEO and one of the creators of the NIST reference architecture for cloud computing. "Cloud is the final ingredient to the dotcom era, and with these tools, we can look forward to a new wave of innovation with real lasting power." SaaS Maker includes free developer accounts, and allows developers to publish scalable SaaS solutions for subscription-
Termed the "dotcloud boom" by techie.com editor-in-chief and former dotcom marketer Dan Blacharski, the current movement adds the ingredients that were lacking the first time around. "The reason the first dotcom bubble burst wasn't because of overspeculation, which is what most people claim. It was because the technology just wasn't ready," said Blacharski. Throughout history, innovators and investors have entered markets entirely too early. History always repeats itself. Bill Gates’ WebTV was clearly too early for the slow Internet of the millennium. Java was too early for its time, but Sun had enough muscle to help it stick around long enough to be on time. There’
“Early dotcoms often required millions of dollars in startup money back then, for programming from the ground up and building out a data center from scratch—not to mention, the Internet was still unbearably slow," said Landis. "But times have changed. The SaaS makers of today can enter these markets with little more than brainpower and some hard work."
Aside from faster development and saving cost, PaaS have a number of other benefits. These tools also allow users to create concept business applications quickly without writing code. This rapid prototyping can serve as a way to gain customer buy-in or valuable feedback earlier in the development process. The tools permit quick changes and updates that would otherwise be costly. Additionally, all SaaS applications are all inherently ready for the cloud, with the ability to be deployed easily. Cloud-based computing has introduced a new era of how information is stored, created, altered, and shared.
Industry analysts are expecting the SaaS market to explode. Gartner is estimating the SaaS market to reach $14.5 billion by 2015, and nobody knows how much growth over the next decade. Vinton Cerf, who is often attributed as Father of the Internet, describes software as “an endless frontier”. The ‘low hanging fruit’ of commodity infrastructure will soon dry up. The future value of cloud, as with prior computing models, will lie within software innovation. The big software vendors will need to defend their thrones in the new age of software innovation – an age in which anyone with a good idea and an Internet connection can launch their own dotcom.
About Virtual Global:
Virtual Global, a West Virginia corporation with a Northern VA presence, is a provider of cloud-enabled enterprise IT solutions, including the SaaS Maker™ cloud platform for building SaaS applications without programming;