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Cloud likely future for business applications
This article is part of the IT in Europe issue of October 2012
When I started my IT career in the early 1980s the deployment of applications was a relatively simple affair: everything lived on the mainframe in the company’s data centre. If you needed to update an application then you knew exactly which environment it was going to run on: a green-screen dumb terminal, with complete certainty about which version of the operating system, database, TP [Transaction Processing] monitor and compilers that you would need to cater for and test. Those were the days. For more on the cloud for business applications Check out this SearchCRM mega guide to business applications and cloud computing Jeff Kaplan explains how SaaS BI can inform business in this video The maze that is business applications licensing Today the picture is very different for those developing or implementing applications, whether they be internal IT staff, consultants or software vendors. The spread of desktop computing and distributed systems means that you need to take into account a wide range of potential environments in which...
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