A quick intro to the cloud. In the beginning, there was no cloud and all software was on-premises and infrastructure sat on physical boxes. Then Jeff Bezos and Marc Benioff (Amazon and Salesforce CEOs, respectively) in their infinite wisdom invented software as a service (SaaS, in the case of Salesforce) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS, in the case of Amazon’s Amazon Web Services business unit).

The world would never be the same. Suddenly, organizations could acquire technology on demand and priced in an “as you consume” manner. Excitement abounded.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.