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Ketharaman Swaminathan
Ketharaman Swaminathan - GTM360 Marketing Solutions - Pune 11 September, 2012, 14:34Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

I'm reminded of the old quote, "Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted, the trouble is I don't know which half". A century later, most CEOs and CFOs would still agree with this saying. Unlike advertising and marketing, software development is lot more dependent upon internal and controllable factors. Nevertheless, it's still not so easy to predict which feature will or won't be used in advance. IMHO, a real change in status quo will only come from a different business model rather than by tweaking SDLC methodologies. As I'd said in my personal blog post SaaS Will Change The Outcome Of The Bloatware Versus Light Apps Debate, bloatware will automatically come down with SaaS.

Martin Bailey
Martin Bailey - Temenos - Hemel Hempstead 11 September, 2012, 21:53Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Good post, although I think you probably have two or three blog posts in one. Requirements are absolutely key and the Pareto rule normally applies. 80% of the value will come from 20% of the requirements. I believe that agile development is the key to making sure that the right requirements get the limelight.

Paul Smyth
Paul Smyth - Kynetix Technology Group - London 12 September, 2012, 13:46Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Ketharaman

Thanks for your feedback.

Whilst I agree that Software as a Service (SaaS) is one potential way that organisations can cut down on bloatware in many ways this just moves the waste problem to a different location. The creators of the SaaS solutions will also have to control the waste. The creation of waste is not the sole preserve of corporate developers. Software companies are as guilty as anybody.

As I mentioned in my article, "Every advance for the future state of the world requires the presence of software yet to be written", which means that we will write more and more software a long way into the future. This also means that we will continue to  create more waste whether it is done in the cloud or on-premise unless we take action.

Despite the advance of SaaS corporations will still be developing on-premise applications for quite some time. There is still a reluctance for many organisations in Financial Services to host their systems in the cloud and so they continue to develop in-house.

The bottom line for me is that waste is created anywhere that software is written whether that is on-premise, in the cloud, on a mobile device or embedded in some other device.

Regards

Paul

 

Ketharaman Swaminathan
Ketharaman Swaminathan - GTM360 Marketing Solutions - Pune 12 September, 2012, 17:20Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

@PaulS:

TY for your feedback.

By "metering" both type and quantity of usage, SaaS obviously prevents waste by consumers. Since vendors struggle with frontended costs and backended revenues under the SaaS model, they simply can't afford waste.

I partially agree with your bottomline view. In the case of onpremise software, most of wasted functionality can be treated as such only after the fact, so I'm not sure how practical it is to avoid waste upfront before development. I admit that this is true only for custom-developed onpremise software. With product software, it could be different: Some implementors succeed in preventing wasteful functionality by urging customers to go live on the base product and take up change requests for extensions and customizations only 60-90 days after the software has been put to use.

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