• SAM SIG: Software as a Service Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 06:30PM to 09:00PM
    Cubberley Community Center
    4000 Middlefield Rd., RM H-1
    Palo Alto, CA
    Software Architecture and Platform

SAM SIG: Software as a Service



  • The Monthly Meeting of the SAM SIG


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    Presentation Overview

    There has been a recent trend in our industry away from selling software using a product model, to selling software using a service model -- an example of which would be SalesForce.com. In this new model, the company developing the software also hosts it on a web site that is accessible to their customers. Because of the early and ongoing revenue stream, this model is achieving significant popularity in the venture community, which has a trickle-down effect into many startups. However, developing and deploying software using this new model has some very significant differences from the product model. In this talk, Stephen McHenry will explore what those differences are and how they affect the system architecture, with parallel or downstream consequences on software process, quality assurance, and release engineering.


    About the Presenter

    Stephen McHenry

    Stephen McHenry’s focus for over 20 years has been the successful development of innovative software products and services that deliver solutions to real-world problems. In his most recent position, Mr. McHenry was responsible for developing Netflix’s service delivery architecture for distributing tens of thousands of movies to millions of customers over their broadband connection.

    His current technical focus is the development of massively-scalable distributed systems.

    He is expert in a number of technologies including distributed object technologies, web services, numerous Internet protocols, and computer/network security, and has extensive experience in both senior engineering management and chief technology positions.

    His technical background includes the architecture and design of numerous systems: Internet/e-commerce, enterprise applications (content distribution, supply chain management, customer relationship management), high-technology applications (configuration management, CAD/CAM/CAE, telecommunications, air traffic control), relational databases, embedded systems, compilers, and operating systems. In addition to Netflix, he has architected systems for DEC, 3Com, Sun Microsystems, IBM, and many others.

    He holds a dual B.S. in Geology/Physics from Chapman University and an M.S. in Computer Science from University of California, Irvine.


    Event Logistics


    Cubberley Community Center

    4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1

    Palo Alto, CA


    6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration/Networking/Refreshments/Pizza

    7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Presentations



    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members

    No charge for SDForum members

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