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    Ok, we have to clear this up rightnow! "On premise" MAKES NO SENSE!

    Bob Balaban  August 29 2009 09:05:12 AM
    Greetings, geeks!

    I've seen it, you've seen, we all have, especially in the literature around cloud computing: "On-premise" vs. "in the cloud". The discussion around LotusLive is full of this, though IBM is not the only offender. It's making me crazy, so let's clear this up right now, ok?

    Note to IBM and all marketing people (and managers, and executives who give presentations or interviews about this stuff): "On premise" makes NO SENSE! The correct word is PREMISES!!

    Don't believe me? Lets go to the dictionary:

    prem⋅ise  /Pronunciation [prem-is]: Logic. a proposition supporting or helping to support a conclusion.
    Law. a. a basis, stated or assumed, on which reasoning proceeds.
         b. an earlier statement in a document.
         c. (in a bill in equity) the statement of facts upon which the complaint is based.

    etc. (there's a verb form, too).

         premises, a. a tract of land including its buildings.
         b. a building together with its grounds or other appurtenances.
         c. the property forming the subject of a conveyance or bequest.

    So, clearly, the term for "I have computers of my own right here in the building" is "on-premises", NOT "on-premise", since you can't have computers hosted in a logical proposition. You can, of course (and often do) have computers maintained in a building.

    In the movies, does the sherrif ever roll up to someone's house and order them to "vacate the premise"?? NO! That would be funny, perhaps, especially if the house in question were on the campus of a law school, but such an order would not be cause for people to move out. "Vacate the premises", on the other hand....yer outta there.

    Ok? Can we all try to get this right now? Thanks!

    Geek ya later!

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