At first glance, I don't like it. I have enough concerns regarding whether
my own computers are up without adding layers of potential problems during
time critical applications. I have a cable modem service, but even then it
is not as fast as working off-line.
----- Original Message -----
From: Dennis S. Wish <dennis.wish(--nospam--at)gte.net>
To: SEAINT Listservice <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Sunday, May 07, 2000 2:45 PM
Subject: ASP - Application Service Providers - how will engineers receive
> I receive InfoWorld weekly and the reporting, along with fast Internet
> connectivity, has been in the strong support for Application Service
> Providers or ASP's. I see some of this coming to the engineering
> and would like to know how other professionals feel about type of service.
> Instead of purchasing a license for software why is installed on your
> machine, you purchase a license to use the software which remains on the
> developers server. You run your design, CAD, accounting, and office
> directly from the developer via the Internet. Of course this requires a
> Internet Connection, but DSL and Cable service is growing at a phenomenal
> rate and monthly rates are making it very attractive. I recently installed
> DSL service and can't understand why I waited so long. It is impressive.
> However, I have a concern about paying for time on a developers server to
> use software than I can't take with me on a laptop or use if I decide to
> disconnect myself from the Internet. The articles I read demand that
> security and redundancy services (in case the server fails) be in place
> before it is being used, but the trend is such that ASP's are moving ahead
> regardless of the public opinion. The driving force is reduced cost of the
> physical media distribution, reduction of piracy (copying or stealing
> The recent passage of the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act
> (UCITA). For those of you unfamiliar with this act, it gives the software
> developer almost complete control over the use of their software. If they
> feel that the user is abusing the software, they can literally disable
> software. So far several states have supported UCITA including Maryland,
> I believe, Arkansas. For those interested in the topic I would refer you
> Ed Fosters column in Infoworld at wwww.infoworld.com. He does an excellent
> job of presenting the problems with this law and how it can be used to
> protect the vendor but does nothing to improve the quality of the software
> that is licensed to the public.
> With that said, UCITA will give the developer greater control over the end
> user - especially if the application needs to be run off the developers
> server. If the output is proprietary and you decide not to continue with
> developer of software over another, you may not be able to make changes to
> design that you designed last year.
> There are many issues here which should be discussed and I am interested
> any comments as how this might be received in your firms.
> Dennis S. Wish, PE
> Structural Engineering Consultant
> (208) 361-5447 E-Fax