"As a Service" is a moniker tagged against a huge number of approaches. Often it demonstrates a complete marketing and intelligence fail and regularly it just means a different sort of licensing model."As a Service" tends to mean utility pricing and the best "As a Service" offers have worked out both what their service is and what its utility is. Salesforce.com have a CRM/Sales Support service
If you're paying close attention, you already know this, but it's still worth pointing out that Microsoft has changed various aspects of what was called the Azure Services Platform. It's now known as the Windows Azure platform, and some pieces have been deleted, such as the Workflow part of .NET Services. For a current description, take a look at the updated version of my paper Introducing the Windows Azure Platform (formerly called Introducing the Azure Services Platform).
I'm spending most of the next couple of months on a Microsoft-sponsored speaking tour focused on the Windows Azure platform. The US cities and dates are:
While the number of implementation resources available for AIA – Metalink notes, white papers, best practice documents, tips and tricks, tools, templates etc. – are all extremely helpful in implementations, the challenge has been in actually finding this information. Based on popular request, we have put together all these resources on a single page, now available on the Oracle Wiki. Please visit this page for all your implementation needs, and leave a feedback if you find it useful, as well as if you find any information missing that would be helpful if linked to that page.
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