What turned out be an idea being tested in a sandbox has now matured into a viable business model. Reality bites hard and strikes where its most unexpected. After the dotcom bust business on the internet was rather rosy. The internet was built to withstand nuclear warfare, I suppose failure of financial markets should have been viewed as a routine hitch.

The past five years has seen immense growth from the mundane web based e-mail services to a plethora of hosted applications. Salesforce grew from an under dog to a threat, now the likes of SAP and Microsoft have come up with variants of hosted solutions in different flavours. All of a sudden there is a buzz about SMBs; Small to Medium Businesses. Salesforce’s inherent scalable architecture and its sub-open platform led to an array of solutions targeting a whole lot of industries. Now there’s SugarCRM which basically is an open source version of Salesforce. A quick perusal of Sugar yields commendation. It may not solve all problems but there’s opportunity for growth.

What makes a utility computing platform successful is not so much its money line but more of innovation as opposed to reproduction. In fact most of the bigger technology firms have failed to be innovative enough and have been caught on the back feet and just reproduced what has been done before, practically no value addition to their services. The future is open, not so much based on classic open source but hybird models, more of what has come to be known as open business models.


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