We've been hearing rumors of OpenLink and Allegro announcing new offerings this year, with a focus on the cloud. We're happy the industry is coming around to our line of thinking!
That said, among the primary benefits of a cloud solution are:
- Transparent updates
- Quick installs
- Fast response time, delivered efficiently
- Lower total cost of ownership (TCO)
Simply installing a piece of packaged software on a cloud-facing server, doesn't provide these benefits. Neither does simply changing a pricing model so that it amortizes differently. From what we can tell, the legacy-vendor cloud solutions still have a long way to go. An app (and its surrounding business) has to be built from the ground up, to make use of multi-tenancy, infrastructure improvements, and a service-incentivized sales model.
Molecule is. It remains to be seen whether the others will be.