14th May 2010
Cloud computing isn’t the only play in town. The idea that everything has to be in the ‘Cloud’ is absurd and so of course is the notion that everything should be ‘on-premises’. Life just isn’t that black and white and there is a middle course –although it doesn’t seem as fashionable to talk about it. The so called ‘Software + Services’ strikes a balance between activities performed over the web and those carried out locally – a point strikingly brought home to me when I interviewed Bryan Richter, UK General Manger of Mamut earlier this week.
Mamut, which looks after the accounting needs of around 400,000 European SME’s has been pioneering the hybrid approach and employing it to good effect around its Online Desktop which allows users to access critical business information and KPIs on the web regardless of place and time. The web based ‘service’ synchronises with its ‘on-premises’ counterpart to provide a complete and up-to-date performance dashboard. It gives businesses the choice about how they wish to deploy their systems and allows them to tailor the architecture to suit the business. According to Richter, Mamut’s solution is about meeting the business need rather than pushing technology for its own sake. Refreshing!
See what else Bryan has to say in this week’s video interview.