For the last decade, Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff has promoted his pet idea that traditional application software was destined for obsolescence.
He was a few years early, but Benioff understood computer history better than his detractors.
Most of the hosted on-demand application vendors, or ASPs as we called them back then, crashed and burned. Not only did they burn through money at a frightful clip, but the technology they used was thin, relying on single-tenant, non-scalable computing architecture models that left a trail of dissatisfied customers.
In the post-Internet bubble world, however, the proliferation of cheap hardware combined with … Read more