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November 20, 2012: "Condos and Clouds: Patterns in SaaS Applications" Webinar Now On Demand

Today's Topic: "Condos and Clouds: Patterns in SaaS Applications" Webinar Now On Demand

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A recording of "Condos and Clouds: Patterns in SaaS Applications" is now available on demand. Software architect Pat Helland delivers this engaging presentation and SIGMOD Chair Yannis Ioannidis moderates. Bonus: After viewing the webinar, check out the extended Q&A with Pat Helland for more tips and pointers and to see if some of your own questions have already been answered.

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Over the last 100+ years, the way people design, build, and use buildings has evolved. It is now normal to construct a building without knowing in advance who will occupy it. In addition, we increasingly have shared occupancy of our homes (apartments and condos), retail, and office space. To accomplish this change, the way we use the buildings has evolved. There is a new trust relationship, customs, and laws that establish the relationship between the occupants and the building managers.

Recently, our industry has been moving to implement Cloud Computing and, in particular, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). This has been very successful in some applications and very challenging in others. This talk posits that many of the challenges we've seen in cloud computing can be understood by looking at what has happened in buildings and their occupancy. Standardization, usage patterns, legal establishment of rights and responsibilities are all nascent in the area of cloud computing. We examine a very common pattern in the implementation of “software as a service” and propose ways in which this pattern may be better supported in a multi-tenant fashion.

Duration: 60 minutes

Pat Helland, Software Architect,
Pat Helland has been working in distributed systems, transaction processing, databases, and similar areas since 1978. For most of the 1980s, he was the chief architect of Tandem Computers' TMF (Transaction Monitoring Facility), which provided distributed transactions for the NonStop System. With the exception of a two-year stint at Amazon, Helland has worked at Microsoft Corporation since 1994 where he was the architect for Microsoft Transaction Server and SQL Service Broker. Until September, 2011, he was working on Cosmos, a distributed computation and storage system that provides back-end support for Bing. Pat recently relocated to San Francisco and joined* to work on multi-tenanted data and lots of cloud stuff. (*This talk was written before Pat joined and the architecture described is not identical to Salesforce's architecture.)

Yannis Ioannidis, University of Athens and "Athena" Research Center; SIGMOD
Yannis Ioannidis is currently a professor at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Athens as well as the President and General Director of the “Athena” Research and Innovation Center. His research interests include database and information systems, cloud computing, dataflow management and data analytics, scientific systems and medical informatics, personalization and social information systems, and digital libraries and repositories, topics on which he has published over 150 articles in leading journals and conferences and holds three patents. His work has been funded by government agencies and private industry (Europe, Greece, USA) through more than fifty research projects. He is an ACM & IEEE Fellow and a member of Academia Europaea, and has received several awards for his research and teaching work. He currently serves a four-year term as the ACM SIGMOD Chair (after four years of service as Vice-Chair) and a three-year term as a member of the Greek National Library Board of Directors.

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