I've just read an article in eWeek about lean software development, which is an approach to building software that promotes simplicity and minimizes resource usage.

In fact the term is a translation of lean manufacturing principles and practices to the software development domain. Adapted from the Toyota Production System, a pro-lean subculture is emerging from within the Agile community.

The term Lean Software Development originated in a book by the same name, written by Mary and Tom Poppendieck The book presents the traditional Lean principles in a modified form, as well as a set of 22 tools and compares the tools to agile practices.

But what's most interesting from this article is Rymer's predictions. First prediction was, "Lean software specialists will thrive." The second was, "SAP's platform influence will shrink." Third was, "Microsoft will beat IBM and Oracle to PAAS ... I think Microsoft is being much more aggressive in developing this new cloud-based model than IBM and Oracle." What about that?!

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