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Grid computing is an impressive, confident, powerful technology model, winning high-profile admirers as it approaches full maturity. With the rise of Amazon Web Services, and, specifically, Amazon EC2, this style of computing is enjoying a higher profile than ever before. The professional sector is increasingly adopting a distributed model for hosting and deploying applications that has become almost commonplace in Web 2.0 applications. The ability to deliver different elements of applications simultaneously over a cohesive network of servers essentially defines grid computing, also known as distributed computing. Grids embrace software or middleware, which enables a user community to make use of the combined power of networked hardware and access applications across the public Internet as services. It’s no longer relevant to define grid computing in terms of e... (more)

Getting Your Groovy On with Grails and Cloud Computing

David Abramowski's Blog You need to think of cloud computing in three different layers - infrastructure, infrastructure management & platform as a service. At the infrastructure level you have the basis for cloud computing. This is where you'll find virtual servers or services like Amazon.com EC2. A level above the infrastructure layer you find companies that provide tools to help developers deal with managing their own systems running on top of the infrastructure layer. The third layer is Platform as a Service and is where Morph plays. Groovy on Grails is catching on in the Java... (more)

Create a User Guide With WordPress & Jing for Free

As my development team at MioWorks rounds the corner on a significant update, I thought it was important to have a user guide that explained the features and told the story of the MioWorks application.  I started looking into online help systems around the open source ecosystem.  It seemed that everything I found was either overly complex or required time from my development & system administration team. As my frustration level grew I realized that WordPress was a solution I could use.   With WordPress.com I didn’t need technical help from my overloaded developer team.  I didn’t... (more)

Minding the Customer Experience in the Online Channel

Enterprises are shifting the delivery of their customer focused services to the web in dramatic fashion.  No matter if you call this a result of the cloud, SaaS or one of the dozen acronyms for on-demand services, moving the customer interaction to the web remains the centerpiece.  Minding this online customer experience is becoming more important than ever as companies reduce their reliance on the more expensive relationship based channels.  With this shift to online services, organizations must also shift from reactive support to proactive interactions to make their online busi... (more)

Souper Frustrations – SaaS and the Grocery Store Dilemma

Remember the last time you went to a grocery store that you were unfamiliar with?  Remember how frustrating it can be and how much time it can take to find the simplest of items?   You roam around the aisles wandering with your eyes rapidly moving between the category signs and the items on the shelves.  You don’t quite understand why that can of chicken stock you are looking for isn’t in the soup aisle.  Finally you find that chicken stock in a special section next to the spices four aisles away.  Frustrating right? That grocery store chain has spent thousands upon thousands of d... (more)