News & Commentary
Content tagged with Cloud posted in August 2007
Study Slams Google's SaaS-Delivered Office Automation
Commentary  |  8/27/2007  | 
This article reports on a new Burton Group study warding larger enterprises away from Google's SaaS-delivered office automation solution: "'At just $50 a year per user, Google Apps Premier Edition (GAPE) hosted office productivity suite could be one of the cheapest mistakes a large business makes.' That's one of the conclusions of a study by the Burton Group, which said GAPE... lacks strong regulatory compliance features and poor administrative tools for user accounts.
IBM Employees Might Strike...In Second Life
Commentary  |  8/24/2007  | 
IBM, like other businesses, plunged into Second Life partly in search of a new profit stream. I bet it never considered employees would use Second Life to strike the company.
Gartner Sees $19.3 Billion SaaS Market by 2011
Commentary  |  8/21/2007  | 
As CIO Today reported last week, "The worldwide software-as-a-service (SaaS) market reached $6.3 billion in 2006 and is forecast to grow to $19.3 billion by year-end 2011, according to Gartner." However, all of the news is not good. As I've discussed many times here, the movement toward SaaS is problematic for many conventional enterprise software vendors.
Upcoming Second Life Discussions: Doing Business And Using Voice
Commentary  |  8/20/2007  | 
Don't miss our upcoming discussions in Second Life, where you can learn about the best ways to do business in the virtual world, and about using the new voice feature.

SaaS Tackles Enterprise Incentive Management
Commentary  |  8/16/2007  | 
In the world of Enterprise Incentive Management (EIM), SaaS seems to be a good idea. According to Jeffrey Saling, "SaaS suits EIM for three important reasons. EIM systems management is usually outside an organization's core competencies... Other advantages include the fact that EIM does not require on-site deployment because it operates effectively outside a corporation's walls. Also, to the business issues, EIM's purpose is positively impacting the bottom line.
Meet One Of The Top Companies Bringing Real-Life Businesses Into Second Life
Commentary  |  8/13/2007  | 
Join us in Second Life Tuesday for our Geek Meet with Infinite Vision Media, creators of some of the most popular areas and events in Second Life, which happen to be sponsored by big real-life companies: The Weather Channel's island, Suzanne Vega concert, and Kurt Vonnegut interviews.

Ensure Best-Possible Performance From SaaS
Commentary  |  8/6/2007  | 
Those who leverage enterprise applications have two major complaints. First, the apps are too complex and too difficult to use. Second, they perform poorly, which is what I'm focusing on here... Most SaaS-vendors rely on the traditional HTTP/HTML pump-and-pull architecture. Thus, we're really using well-designed, well-delivered Web sites when using SaaS applications, not true, dynamic native interfaces. So, what's a SaaS advocate to do? Here are a few tips:


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