The SaaS (software as a service) deployment model means developers can take advantage of popular OSS technologies without any need to deploy, configure, or manage the underlying technology themselves. Although this trend started with comprehensive applications (e.g., SalesForce.com) that pull together many different technologies, there is a trend toward more modular and specialized services providing specific functionality for software designers: data storage, indexing and storage, caching, identity and authentication, and so on.
Ross Gardler has been involved with open source in one form or another since the mid ‘90s. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation where he currently serves as the foundations President. He’s been an independent strategy consultant, led the UK academic research sectors open source advisory service and now works for Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.
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