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1 Innovation in the Cloud Alan Perkins Chief Information Officer Altium Limited

2 Innovation in the cloud

3 Where we have come from

4 History of the ‘Net  1970’s ARPANET Established  1970: 56kbps connection across USA  1973: First international connections  1974: TCP specification released  1980’s “Internet” born  1982: TCP/IP becomes protocol for ARPANET,  1984: Domain Name System Introduced  1989: Number of hosts exceeds 100,000

5 History of the ‘Net  1990’s Mass Proliferation  1991: Gopher released  1992: Hosts now 1,000,000+  1993: White House comes on line  1994: On line shopping malls arrive  1995: World Wide Web is born, first search engines  1996: Number of hosts exceeds 10,000,000  1999: Internet Banking arrives  2007: Number of hosts exceeds 500,000,000

6 Web Development Milestones  1986: SGML standard released  1989: Hypertext document system proposed  1990: HTML born  1994: CSS proposed  1996: Javascript Standardised  1998: XML released  1998: XHTML replaces HTML

7 Evolution of the Web 1. Web as content repository  Static Pages delivered to a browser  Hyper-linking 2. Web as content publishing  Static pages pushed to user  Tailored Content 3. Web as collection of content servers  Dynamic pages generated upon request  ASP, JSP

8 Evolution of the Web 4. The Interactive Web  Pages become increasingly bidirectional  Javascript, AJAX 5. The Collaborative Web  Facilities allow for people to work together  Forums, Wikis, Blogs, Web Applications 6. The Integrated Web  Information presented regardless of source  Mash-ups, XML, SOA

9 Evolution of the Web 7. The Semantic Web  Content has meaning/context regardless of form  XML 8. Systems Without Borders  Seamless integration between internal and external systems  Data mined from multiple public and private sources  SaaS, PaaS, Cloud Computing, Thin Infrastructure

10 Key Cloud Computing Characteristics  High Performance arrays of inexpensive PCs  High-Availability specialisation  Outsourced multi-tenanted infrastructure  Ubiquitous access  A common lingua franca  Extremely elastic scalability  Subscription-based pay for use

11 Altium Limited A Case Study

12 Altium Limited  Altium provides world-leading unified design solutions that break down barriers to innovation in the design of electronic products  Publicly Listed ASX  Sydney HQ with 97% export revenue  350 staff in 10 offices around the world

13 Altium Limited  Spent ~$200Million on developing world’s first unified electronic design platform  2001: Quadrupled in size after float through acquisitions  Major systems integration challenges  Initial Strategy: Develop complete custom ERP solution  Subsequent Strategy: Progressively replace core functionality with SaaS solutions.

14 Systems Developed Using the Force.com Platform  Webinar Registration  Purchase Requisitioning  Project Management  Issue Tracking  Multi-lingual Quoting

15 Systems Developed Using the Force.com Platform  Electronic Production Management  Unified Library Management  HR Employee Portal  Compensation Management  Digital Learning System

16 Systems Developed Using the Force.com Platform  Forecasting and Scenario-based Financial Planning  Bi-directional Integration with Financial Systems  Data Warehousing and Mining

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22 Force.com Platform Design

23 Amazon Web Services  SimpleDB  Simple Storage Service (S3)  Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)  Simple Queue Service (SQS)  Flexible Payment Service (FPS)  Mechanical Turk

24 Development in the Cloud  Web based development  Unit Testing  Governing Limits  Rich API  Potentially Transparent Connectivity  Security

25 Collaboration in the Cloud  Service Oriented Architecture provides for interconnected systems  Online document collaboration  Google Apps (on demand business productivity tools)  Zimbra (on demand collaboration suite)  Zoho (suite of on demand business tools)  KnowledgeTree (document management on line)  iRows (on demand spreadsheet)  Aurora (concept browser by Adaptive Path)

26 Other Cloud Providers  Joyent  Akamai  IBM  Rackspace  VMWare?

27 Risks (Gartner)  Privileged user access  Regulatory compliance  Data location  Data segregation and encryption  Disaster recovery  Investigative support  Long-term viability

28 Challenges  Trust  Continuously exponential scaling  Increased traffic between servers  Multi-tenanted architecture challenges for external platform development  Client and public infrastructure  Latency and Congestion / Bandwidth  Data warehousing  Semantic Interpretation

29 Benefits  Simpler and cheaper client infrastructure  Better availability  Better security  Greater opportunity for collaboration within and between organisations

30 Benefits  Staffing easier  Platform independence  Architectural independence  The Browser: the ultimate “killer app”


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