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I Hate “Some Assembly is Required” Services!

Recently, I read a blog that suggested that there were now only three players in cloud computing. They were listed as Platform vendors (PaaS), Infrastructure Vendors (IaaS), and Software Vendors (SaaS). It seemed logical to me, until I began to think that what do not want, is having to buy three services to do one thing and then to find a big sign reading “Some Assembly Required”.  I have always hated those three words at Christmas time, but perhaps I hate them even more when I’m at work. Then why is it, that when I buy many of the “Software as a Service” solutions out there these days, I then have to go out and buy the platform (Cloud) and infrastructure to run them on. Why isn’t software, infrastructure and platform all packaged and delivered as a single priced, easy to consume service? Isn’t that what cloud services were intended to be? Seems to me that we need a fourth category!

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Tom Lounibos

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Tom Lounibos

As CEO of SOASTA, Tom brings more than 30 years of experience building early stage software companies, leading two companies to successful IPOs. Tom is a regular speaker at both cloud and testing events, and has become a leading advocate in using the cloud to empower individuals and accelerate changes in how applications are built, tested and deployed. Most recently, Tom served as President and CEO of Kenamea. Prior to Kenamea, he was CEO of Dorado Corp., a financial services software provider. Previous to Dorado, he was EVP of Sagent Technology through its 1999 IPO, entrepreneur-in-residence at Crosspoint Venture Partners, and held executive positions at Digitalk Corp., Knowledgeware (KWI) and Encore Financial Services. Tom also serves on several boards in the Silicon Valley.