I give you the computer program that you want or need – customized just for you.
The programs and services are very real that I deliver. I charge you a fair price for the program, you get it fast. Today, it is likely delivered as a cloud hosted application because its more cost effective in most cases. I don’t sell you clouds. The cost of programs I build are the same as they were before the clouds appeared. The labor has not changed, only the delivery.
I sell my expertise, my experience, and my skill and those of my team. It is my intellectual property developed over years in the industry. I use these libraries and tools that I have built to deliver programs that work. And I deliver them faster than other developers. This means you get a quality product, you get it fast, and you get it at a lower cost. You remember the old Work truism: Better, Faster, Cheaper; pick any two.
I give you all THREE – quality, fast, and low cost.
I don’t sell clouds!
Why is this important? People are confused (that’s nothing new) by the “techno-babble”, advertising hype, and misinformed technologist. I ran head-long into this during the week where the true value proposition was misplaced. They were focused on cloud cost and totally neglecting the actual application needed. So we are going to look at this. If you already know everything, you should stop reading now while I talk to people who are really trying to make an informed decision about computer programs.
If you are a person who is a developer or a person who is contemplating cloud solutions as a part of you business needs, then you might be interested.
I do sell custom solutions that run on cloud platforms. I do this because it lets me beat the Work truism. It works for my system but it does NOT work for other developers. I’m happy to back that up – you can call me about it. It would be TL;DNR here.
First lets simplify the “Cloud” hype. The NIST has defined what a cloud is in Pub 800-145 where you can read in section 2, “Service Models” that there are three cloud models: SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. We are focused on the PaaS model, “Platform as a Service”.
Let me quickly give you the layman’s definition of the other two.
1- SaaS, software as a service: is a canned (pre-built) application program. It does what it does. You don’t get to change it. Many let you “customize” it. But you can’t delete or add to its features. This is the same stuff you use to buy in a box or download from a seller and you installed it on your machine. With SaaS the only difference is it is installed on a cloud machine – not yours.
2- IaaS, infrastructure as a service: is “rent-a-computer”. You go to the “rent a box” cloud provider, pick a bunch of options and a few minutes later you have a computer (VM) ready. YOU, are still responsible for the programs, licenses, deployments. In-short, everything you had to do yesterday, you have to do today with IaaS. Except look at the box; you can’t see the box, its in the cloud.
Remember, I don’t sell clouds! I sell custom application programs, not canned software or empty boxes. A custom application program is a “made to order, to your specifications”. You get to decide on the features like how fast it runs, how much storage it has, what the screens, reports, and everything else about your application program do.
PaaS, platform as a service: is a collection of services implemented in a cloud platform. When you are deciding on the features of your custom application your are creating a requirement for cloud services so your app can do what you want – makes sense right. The truth is custom applications do this right now without the cloud. In fact ALL applications work this way. How you ask? Your computer (tablet, phone, etc.) has an “operating system (OS)” that you use to “run” your apps. Your computer provides your app with “OS services” to run. You can see them easily on Windows computers (open: Control Panel/System and Security/Administrative Tools/Services) there is a big long list. Without these services your computer will just sit there and do nothing. NOTE: not all cloud providers offer all three service models. The big three (Amazon, Google, Microsoft) offer all three cloud models in very different implementations. This is the point where you generally will need an expert to help you.
My company Intact has simplified all of this for you. Intact have PowerLine PaaS. You don’t need to concern yourself about all this cloud stuff. And do you really need to care about it? You didn’t care before the cloud. You purchased applications for your business because you needed it. All the OS services necessary, you just assumed they were there or more likely, you didn’t even know about them. So why do you suddenly care – oh! Its the hype.
I don’t sell clouds! I use cloud to provide you the custom application that you need/want, that works the way you want. That is what is really important. I earn a living providing you services delivered with Quality, Speed, and Value. Work truism – BUSTED!