I published an article in the April issue of EContent Magazine on Rich Internet Applications. (I comment on online applications in my blog entry called Are Online Applications Going to Be Reliable?) I began looking into this subject after a friend told me he had been exploring RIAs and suggested I take a look. One of the first I looked at was Glide Effortless, and I interviewed Transmedia (the company that owns Glide) CEO Donald Leka.
Over the next couple of years we should see more and more RIAs as consumers get more comfortable working online. Just today, eChannel reports that Bill Gates weighed in on software as a service, in another words online applications:
"Speaking at the Microsoft Convergence user and partner show for its Dynamics business software division here, Gates acknowledged that software as a service is a very important trend and "something we believe in a lot." He said that the company has been looking at aspects of software as a service for some seven years, and that there are aspects of that mentality manifest in Windows today, including ideas like Microsoft Update and the Watson utility that monitors the behavior of applications on a system."
That may be Bill stretching his company's involvement more than a bit, but it is true that software as a service available on the Internet is here to stay.
My article takes a look at what this might mean to consumers and enterprise users alike, with comments from Coach Wei, the founder and CTO of NexaWeb, Jeff Whatcott of Adobe, Red Monk analyst Stephen O'Grady among others. Just a reminder that EContent articles are now available only for subscribers or on a pay per view basis. If you like the content, I hope you'll consider subscribing.