SaaS: A new Generation of ISVs

first_imgThe emergence of SOA and SaaS technologies has created a new breed of ISV on the IT landscape.  ISVs that can create composite applications consisting of aggregated services.  ISVs that can publish niche services and utilities for consumption by others.  ISVs that can easily interact globally with their customers.Software delivery platforms are proliferating and the competition among the alternatives is intensifying.  Some of the platform options include Salesforce.com, NetSuite, Apprenda, and Jamcracker.  These “platforms” provide well-tested and highly scalable infrastructures for software providers to build on.   Application hosting and tough-to-implement features like multi-tenanted access and single sign on have already been solved and come as part of the platform provider package.The platforms also offer frameworks for rapid UI development and interfacing with the back-end database.  The result is that the cost of development for ISVs is significantly reduced and they are freed up to focus fully on building the business logic for great applications.   Combine this with readily available Open Source components and we have all the elements for a new generation of application development that is poised to grow explosively. These next-generation ISVs will produce more software, at lower cost, and target many more highly-focused niche markets.last_img read more

Two Maoists killed in Sukma

first_imgThe police claimed to have killed two alleged members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in an encounter in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh during the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. The encounter took place in Tokanpalli forest under Chintagufa police station limits of Sukma district when a joint team of the Sukma DRG (District Reserve Guard) and Chhattisgarh STF (Special Task Force) was carrying out an anti-Maoist operation. The deceased Maoists were identified as Sanni alias Kunjam Lakkhe and Nanda Gurdum. Sanni was working as the Local Operating Squad member of the CPI (Maoist) in Nagaram area and Nanda was working as the Maoists’ militia member. The joint police team also recovered two weapons from the spot of the encounter apart from other Maoist material. In a separate development, two police constables, posted under Polamapalli police station of Sukma, were suspended for allegedly beating up local villagers on Thursday. The suspension of the constables came after the villagers accused a police team of harassment in Gorgunda area of Sukma.last_img read more

Agro Parks on Track – Minister Clarke

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, says that the Agro Parks project is going well with crops already reaped at the three facilities in operation and replanting underway.“At Plantain Garden (St. Thomas) we just finished reaping onions, and we are preparing now to put some more in. Pumpkins are now growing. Ebony Park (Clarendon), that one is on stream and we are experimenting with the mini-set yam technique. We have reaped some there and the results are very encouraging,” he said.The Minister, who was on a tour of the Amity Hall Agro Park project on October 3, with Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, and other Government officials, informed that small farmers  are engaged in the cultivation of some 150 acres of crops at the St. Catherine-based facility. The crops include onion, pepper, pumpkin, sweet potato, corn, and callaloo.“All those things are things that the markets have predetermined. The farmers knew exactly what to produce. These are farmers occupying between five and 10 acres,” he said.Also at Amity Hall, Caribbean Broilers is engaged in the production of sorghum as a replacement for some of the imported animal feed. “They have planted nearly 150 acres and there is another 400 acres prepared to be planted,” Minister Clarke said.He said through sorghum production “what we have been able to do is put a dent in our import as far as animal feeds is concerned.”As it relates to the other six facilities to come on stream, Minister Clarke informed that the Hill Run facility in St. Catherine, will be dedicated to fish production. He said arrangements are being made “where our local processors and people who import tilapia can buy into our local production”.“We are working to see how we can up the breeds, we are working with an entity that has brought in new genetic material, and is also producing these fish quite successfully. They are growing like twice as the original fish that we have here,” he said.Turning to the New Forest Agro Park in Manchester, which is privately-operated, he informed that the facility is “up and running in a very significant way”. The government is providing irrigation for the facility. “We are working with them to see how we can work to deal with marketing,” he added.Some 5,000 persons are expected to benefit directly and indirectly from the nine agro parks that are to be established across the island. The project is expected to reduce imports of targeted crops and realize foreign exchange savings of $4 billion when fully operational. The project is expected to reduce imports of targeted crops and realize foreign exchange savings of $4 billion when fully operational. There are plans for six other facilites to come on stream for a total of nine (9) Agro Parks. Minister says that the Agro Parks project is going very well at the three facilities currently in operation.last_img read more