Track: Birds of a Feather
Date: Wednesday, April 23
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
This BOF will provide a forum to discuss the economics of rich Internet
applications, or more generally the economics of software and services
focused on the user experience. For some time now, the industry has been
obsessed with servers, "infrastructure", databases, and other "big iron"
products, and has devalued the portion of the application which touches the
A few trends are at play here: first, the utter domination of client
software by Microsoft, to the point that there are few remaining ISVs
focused on this type of software; second, the de-skilling of the
engineers/designers who work on the front end of applications, associated
with the move from desktop applications to Web "pages", and third, the
correlated unwillingness of venture capitalists to back efforts that push
the envelope in these areas.
Given this context, how will rich Internet applications become a reality?
How will a quality user experience come to be sufficiently valued to take us
beyond the "˘lient-$erver" model?
Moderated by Oliver Steele, Chief Software Architect, Laszlo Systems and Henry Minsky, Software Architect, Laszlo Systems
Pizza and beverages will be provided.