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Competing with the Internet (Don't)

What we [Google] talk about when we talk about cloud computing

tl;dr version: Don't compete against the Internet or Why your ERP application was legacy the day it came online.

IT systems are typically slow to evolve. [Pre-packaged software] only receive major feature enhancements every 2-3 years, and in the meantime they have to endure the monthly patch cycle and painful system-wide upgrades… [Google] can deliver innovation quickly without IT admins needing to manage upgrades… [Google Apps] delivered more than 60 new features over the last year…

The era of delayed gratification is over – the Internet allows innovations to be delivered as a constant flow… This makes major upgrades a thing of the past…