Cannot Talk Software without Mentioning Cloud or SaaS

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I was invited to speak at the 4th Annual Growth, Innovation and Leadership Conference last week in San Francisco.  A well organized conference that provided excellent opportunities for networking and learning.  The track that I presented in was Information & Communication Technologies.  As the third speaker of the day, I had the luxury of listening to the other speakers discuss their perspectives on emerging trends.

Guess what!?  They mentioned cloud computing and software-as-a-service.  Well, of course they did.  We have reached a point in time where you cannot talk about software or technological advances without using the terms cloud computing or software-as-a-service.

Nobody has gone so far as saying installed software is near-death, but I will (see previous posts).  Installed software is simply not sustainable technology and I don't believe it was ever intended to be.  The very fact it is not sustainable is a revenue generating engine for the installed software provider.  Those types of providers are not in the game for the long haul.  Their temporary innovations are distracting to the software-as-a-service focus.  It won't be long now, installed software seems as historic as reading news from a printed newspaper (and after using them your hands feel dirty).

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