We are all amassed and amazed by technology as we know it…virtual wired, virtual here or there, virtual wireless, virtual…mobile! When was the last time you visited/used the convenience of Pay-Pal, the ATM, the kiosk, online financial data, eg banking or HR services – submitting resumes/resumes?
What about the “Digital Divide”, “Digital Age Dilemma” – where too many citizens lose access to the world of digitization? Has a robot taken over your job? Has a computer application made you obsolete? Data mining, is it very much alive? Is it/was it a dream to wake up and go to work and receive a pink, blue, brown and/or purple colored divorce letter that was dated yesterday and is now in effect?
It must be a fucking dream! Yes, I dream! I wonder… do robots dream?
It all started with Ethernet, WAN, LAN and Virtuality – Private Networks… Bell Telephone flourished with the construction of poles and telephone lines, just like the cable companies. What about their underground cables and telephone networks of communication lines? Could we survive without it?
Software As A Service – The digital age… the workforce, will it be Saas?
The 411, did you know that SaaS, a software delivery method that provides remote access to software and its functions as a web-based/cloud service, does a lot of things? Saas gives organization(s) access to business functionality at a price that is typically less than paying for licensed applications, as SaaS pricing is based on a monthly fee. Since the software is remote, users do not need to invest in additional hardware. SaaS removes the need for organizations to handle installation, configuration, and day-to-day maintenance and maintenance… defined as hosted applications.
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is a business management system that integrates all facets of the business environment, including planning, production, sales and marketing. As ERP methodology has become more popular, software applications have emerged to help business managers implement ERP in business activities such as inventory management, order tracking, customer service, finance, and human resources.
“Of all the Cloud Computing ideas out there, SaaS is the one that needs attention now!” “A lot of companies handle it Ad Hock!” As reviewed and agreed, a statement from Michael Bidding, CTO of Fusion PPT, Consulting and IT Services.
Vendor marketing, new services and cloud strategy have caught business technology leaders in a cloud computing deluge. Business technologists now using SaaS described their apps as critical to the missions. Ad hoc is not Saas. Ad Hoc is an autonomous system of routes (and associated hosts) connected to each other via wireless connections. Ad Hoc network systems (ANS) are complex systems with protocol dynamics and interlayer interactions that are not present in wired systems. Such a network can work stand-alone, or connected to the larger (system) internet, working as a hybrid fixed/Ad Hoc network. A poll of several companies and their CIOs could get the most out of SaaS by incorporating it into or making SaaS a part of the overall business architecture.
Cloud Computing – the sharing of compute resources instead of local services or personal devices to handle the application(s). The goal is to apply traditional supercomputers, or powerful computing power, normally used by the military and research facilities. Cloud Computing Networks are also larger groups of servers, with specialized connection speeds.
Data processing chores:
The shared IT infrastructure(s) contain(s) large groups of systems linked together, allowing data centers to act like the Internet while using, accessing, and sharing computing resources as virtual resources in a secure and scalable method.
While SaaS is not described as universal, users surveyed agreed that it has gone beyond Customer Resource(s), Human Resource(s), Email, Sales Force Automation, Service/Helpdesk, Financial (On-Line Banking) and backup applications. All these apps are used and more… Business Server Apps have used SaaS for almost 100% of its services. Share billing, inventory, timesheets, sales, email, and pipeline management in this Software As A Service application(s). Businesses enjoy quick installation and lower capital expenditures. Another benefit is greater power and mobility of employees through remote offices via a smartphone or a home computer (PC). “Mobile Access is the name of the game,” says Michael Bidding. Cloud computing overshadows Simple Software As A Service (SSAS) education. SaaS vendors say portability, privacy, and security are the top concerns for businesses.
SaaS users say that the IT organization is the main driver and that C Level Managers or the Line of Business are behind the use of SaaS. Developing SaaS strategy teams are encouraged to tackle the selection of the right provider, sign the right contract, have a detailed exit strategy, manage a good working relationship, prepare a contingency plan, dig deep into interoperability and system integration in/on The role of IT in support and engagement, and alignment with the goals and objectives of the company.
SaaS customers agree and are generally satisfied with the apps. They say they outperform conventional applications with SaaS and will continue to invest in SaaS. When companies integrate (and/or plan to) SaaS applications into other business applications, it demonstrates a commitment to the product as part of an overall business architecture. The combination of internally built custom apps packaged on-premises and combined with customer configurations, SaaS apps and other tools makes it more difficult for companies to understand the risks of app changes. The IT organization is ultimately responsible for the proper functioning and operation of Federated Architecture.
The future promises to do more by monitoring companies’ own SaaS performance(s). IT Staffing will not, and in most cases, will not have the local ability to determine if the service is running, or if a user is experiencing a problem caused by a LAN-on-Internet outage. Performance issues are reported to the IT Help/Service Desk.
SaaS pricing is less transparent and the vendor controls reliance on performance data. IT teams must closely monitor the bandwidth between the user and the server. Bandwidth is a range within a band of frequencies or wavelengths. The amount of data that can be sent in a fixed amount of time;
Digital bandwidth is expressed in bits per second (bps) or bytes per second. Another expression as described in analog is cycles per second or hertz (Hz). Bandwidth is the measurement of space and speed i.e. a fast drive can be hindered or slowed down by a low bandwidth bus or space (space). I/O devices are particularly affected by low bandwidth, ie an Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) – throughput requirements of 3D Graphics.
An application is a program of a group of programs designed for end users. Two general classifications of software are system software and application software. System software consists of low-level programming that interacts at a basic level, including the operating system’s compilers(s) and computer resource management tools. Application software sits on top of system software because it cannot run without the operating system and system utilities – (Interface is the interaction between computer and user).
Customer Resource Management (CRM) tops the list(s) of SaaS usage. Applicant tracking in Human Resource (HR) has moved from the tedious task of hand-to-eye sorting for over a decade and is poised for more growth as SaaS has proven to be an invaluable tool in its People efforts Resource, ie, application(s), testing, benefits and other personnel records and core functions.
Business Intelligence (BI), Application Program Interface(s) (API) – Windows, Excel, Access, SQL, etc. – routine sets, protocols and relevant tools for building software applications – by providing all building blocks, API makes it all possible easier to develop a computer program. Programmers put all building blocks together, ergo, a program interface designed for end-user(s).
SaaS offerings are limited compared to most conventional ones offered on various platforms on premise or in the cloud. “Microsoft is gaining customers for its SaaS-based Exchange,” said Mr. prayer. “SaaS is growing.”
Members of IT organizations will need to learn new skills and develop new strategies to integrate legacy infrastructure with high-growth SaaS portfolios.
So the next time you use the convenient kiosk(s), ATMs, Pay-Pal(s), internet or smartphone web navigation, think about the software dream and its relationship(s) to your lifestyle and/or livelihood.
Have you ever wondered if robots have dreams?
Until next time…