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Looking for Sanity in SaaS Contracts (Part 2 of 5)

I will be referring some to an article that showed up in the ACC Docket for December 2011 entitled “Legal Considerations in Migrating to the Cloud” by H. Ward Classen and Walter S. DelaCruz. I actually respect Mr. Classen’s work in software licensing as he literally wrote a book on the matter, but I have to say: I have problems with this article. It’s more balanced than the other stuff I’ve seen floating around (I won’t call out those attorneys), but I was expecting more of a middle ground consensus.

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Looking for Sanity in SaaS Contracts (Part 1 of 5)

I’ve been doing a lot of negotiation around technology licensing, software development, software consulting, and other such agreements for some years. With the push for companies to embrace “cloud computing” and SaaS services, there has also been a proliferation of blog posts and articles written by so-called experts on the SaaS and cloud industries with a lot of strong cautionary language and telling executives and in-house counsel to be wary, seek maximum protection from your vendors, and negotiate without backing down.

I see a number of problems with this approach, and it’s gotten to the point where I felt the need to do a multi-part blog post about what I am seeing because I view the trends as disturbing. SaaS contract negotiations have become as hotly contested as enterprise software negotiations when they simply ought not be. So why have SaaS and cloud negotiations gotten uglier?

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Book review: Kosher Chinese. A Fun Read.

Disclaimer: I received a free review copy of Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching, and Eating with China’s Other Billion from the publisher.

Kosher Chinese is a quick read, pretty entertaining, and for those of you who don’t know much about Chinese culture and China, may be somewhat shocking. (some of the stereotypical comments they make about Americans, Christians, eating pork, etc.) But it’s a very interesting view at what is quickly apparent to many who are in China: the Chinese perspective on life not all that different from post-modern culture where people construct all sorts of meaning for themselves. And it’s a mixture of capitalism, the Party, traditional Chinese values, and whatever else people can grab a hold onto. (Actually very American-like if you ask me)

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A bit about me

Thomas Chow is a seasoned executive with 20 years of experience in technology, legal services, and startup companies. A former China law and business blogger, he is currently General Counsel & Secretary at PubMatic, a digital advertising platform providing automation technology for publishers and programmatic tools for media buyers.  He still enjoys a good chat about all things Chinese.

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