My opinion on cloud computing for 2010

We’ve already had 4 days to start enjoying 2010 and looking at what the year has in store, I think we could be in for a good one – Fingers crossed!

2009 saw widespread recognition of the operational and economic benefits of cloud computing, so much so that we all now understand how it is set to transform IT for the future. After a year of uncertainty and reduced IT budgets I believe we are set to see a growth in the use of cloud services in 2010. With that in mind, here are my predictions for the year to come and how I see Magic Software contributing to this.

So far Magic Software UK has already signed up to attend the Cloud Computing Congress at the London Olympia on March 16th, so it looks like the Cloud will still be hot on the agenda.

2010 will see an explosion in the demand for mobile devices and mobile applications. The challenge will be to provide a viable Rich Internet Application platform for the development and deployment of business application and in particular enterprise mobile applications that will be powerful yet practical enough to enable workers to complete essential tasks via their mobile devices – without transferring one-for-one the entire client user interfaces of heavy ERP or CRM enterprise applications to mobile screens.

Using a combination of Magic Software’s uniPaaS application platform for the RIA front-end and the iBOLT business integration suite at the back-end, enterprises and ISVs can now build a mobile application that provides powerful Rich Internet (RIA) functionality for business users that also integrates and presents all of the various enterprise systems’ data on one screen.

The combination of uniPaaS and iBOLT will mean businesses can combine SAP with Salesforce.com CRM data, ERP data and back-office systems and processes to produce entire business workflows that can be customized, extended, deployed in any language and centrally managed.

2010 will also see significant changes in the cloud-based service offerings. It won’t be just the applications we make use of as services, it will also be consultancy and training, which is set to move into the cloud and stand as a major differentiator between the cloud vendors.

As more and more people gain experience with cloud services, knowledge will disseminate in the industry and best practices around security, networking, ‘hybrid clouds’, application architecture and IT policies will become widespread.

Hybrid cloud scenarios will become the dominant use scenarios for cloud computing for the years to come. However, the drive toward hybrid cloud scenarios requires the integration of cloud-based and on-premises technologies in the enterprise.

Magic Software’s iBOLT business integration platform is designed to fully and automatically integrate on-premise and on-demand cloud and mobile applications, and to extend the functionality of those applications while preserving the core business logic of the underlying technology.

With this in mind, 2010 looks set to be an exciting year on the cloud technology front. What’s your verdict? Tell me your predictions for the cloud in 2010.

Magic Software is “On the Radar”

A while ago I met with Bola Rotibi the Principal IT Analyst at MWD Advisors to talk about Magic Software, our products, who they’re geared to and what the vision is for Magic Software in the future.

Ms Rotibi asked some hard-hitting questions, which included areas for improvement and explored why Magic Software’s uniPaaS is seen as a new breed of application platform. Here’s a snippet of the article, which I recommend taking a look at – it makes for an interesting read.

Why is uniPaaS interesting?

“As an application platform, uniPaaS is part of the new wave of what MWD refers to as “Managed Development Environments”, that are leveraging strong history and credentials in RAD development environments (e.g. 4GL and CASE).”

“The single programming model, framework and code base allows developers to easily incorporate and implement RIA-based technology into their applications whilst at the same time employ a SaaS delivery model and the ability to deploy to a mobile device platform”.

To access the full piece click here – Registration is free.

Business Cloud Summit & Cloudforce 2

Can you believe it’s only 1 month until Christmas and there are still 2 major Cloud Computing events happening before the end of this year! It’s truly amazing how interest in the Cloud has grown in speed and momentum over the past year.

So far Magic Software UK have exhibited at Cloudforce 1 in May this year and Cloud Computing World earlier this month, where we heard from the likes of of Eric Auchard, Chief Technology Correspondent for Thomson Reuters and Paul Cheesbrough, CIO of the Telegraph Media Group on the trials, pitfalls and benefits of Cloud Computing in the modern day.

Just so you know you’ll also find me at the Business Cloud Summit on December 2nd and at Cloudforce on December 8th, so there’s plenty for me to do before the year is out. I’d like to invite any of you who will be attending these events to drop by the Magic Software booth.

You’ll find me on Booth 8 at the Business Cloud Summit where we’ll be running demos on uniPaaS, Magic Software’s application platform designed to provide the true “Power of Choice”, as we at Magic Software like to call it. What this basically provides is a means to development applications for on-premise, off-premise, SaaS, RIA and mobile deployment in a single paradigm.

For any of you attending Cloudforce you’ll find me at Booth 24 where we will be running demos on iBOLTTM, Magic Software’s Business Process Integration solution designed specifically for integration with Salesforce.com.

I look forward to seeing some of you at these events!

Businesses need a balanced approach to mobile strategies – As featured in the FT.com – 16/11/09

I was asked recently to comment on mobile application technologies and the Cloud for the Financial Times.com, and I wanted to share the article with you. Below is a small snippet, if you’d like to read the whole article – visit

“…Today, a corporate Mobile Application Strategy needs to address key components including deployment across multiple devices and business areas, security, device management and offer critical infrastructure services such as e-mail…”

“…the businesses that truly plan to embrace the remote worker phenomenon fully will be extending their business logic, the rules that express business policy, to users via corporate mobile devices…”
FT.com