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Content tagged with Software as a Service posted in January 2014
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Amazon Posts 20% Revenue Growth, Stock Drops
News  |  1/31/2014  | 
Amazon.com and its Web Services unit grew in the fourth quarter of 2013 but not enough to please investors -- Amazon stock dropped 9.5%.
Microsoft CEO Search: 3 Things Satya Nadella Brings
News  |  1/31/2014  | 
Microsoft is set to name Nadella as its next CEO. Take a closer look at who he is and what he brings to the table.
Open Hardware Is Like Linux: True Or False?
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Examine this analogy closely. Open-source hardware and open-source software involve different processes with different levels of user participation.
FedRAMP Deadline Looms For Agencies, Cloud Providers
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Federal agencies have until June 5 to certify their cloud systems. Here's what will happen if they miss the deadline.
Dell's Android Dongle Dare
News  |  1/30/2014  | 
$129 Cloud Connect, a wireless network card, turns any modern display into a computer; use with Android apps, virtualized PC desktops, and Dell cloud services.
Facebook Paper: 3 Facts
News  |  1/30/2014  | 
Facebook will launch a standalone news reader app on Feb. 3. Here's what you need to know.
Microsoft's Open Compute Move: Just Good PR?
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
The disruptive power of Microsoft's Open Compute Group move has spurred debate. Let's talk image versus cold hard revenues.
IBM Kenexa Talent Suite Melds HR, Big Data
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
IBM's new Kenexa tool aims to help HR and business professionals with recruitment, training, and performance assessment.
Oracle's Hurd: A 'Once-In-A-Career Opportunity'
Commentary  |  1/29/2014  | 
President Mark Hurd explains Oracle's strategy on cloud, marketing, innovation, and those pesky startup rivals.
Microsoft Makes Azure Server Design Open-Source
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
Open-source hardware movement wins a surprise supporter. Microsoft joins Open Compute project, shares its server design ideas.
Chrome Apps Come To Android, iOS
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
Google software lets developers package Chrome Apps to run on Android and iOS devices as if they were native mobile apps. Move helps bridge the gap between web and native development.
Government Loosens Data Disclosure Gag
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Yahoo can now publish more of the details on user data that the government demands, but startups might suffer.
Apprenda 5.0 Eases Cloud Application Scaling
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
PaaS enables moving legacy Java and .Net applications to the cloud, brings slider interface to automatically scaling server instances as demand rises and falls.
Apple iPhone Record Sales Fail To Impress
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Apple sold 51 million iPhones last quarter, but investors expected sales to top 56 million.
Altiscale Launches Hadoop-As-A-Service
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Founded by big data pioneers from Yahoo and Google, startup unveils cloud-based offering built specifically for Hadoop users.
Microsoft Rebrands SkyDrive, Touts Xbox Acquisition
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Microsoft keeps consumer focus with purchase of Gears of War Xbox game and by renaming its cloud storage service "OneDrive."
NSA, British Spy Agency Collect Angry Birds Data
News  |  1/27/2014  | 
National Security Agency and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters have collected data from smartphone apps for years, says new report on documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
Google Mulls Boredom Meter
News  |  1/27/2014  | 
Google patent application describes ways computers can read people's body language to measure their interest in media.
Google Glass Aims For Games
News  |  1/27/2014  | 
Entertainment apps might be key to making Google's wearable Glass device socially acceptable.
Stop Harassing Google Employees
Commentary  |  1/25/2014  | 
The right to free speech isn't a license to threaten, harass, or intimidate.
SAP Preps Super Bowl 'Stats Zone'
News  |  1/25/2014  | 
NFL sponsor SAP is bringing a giant data-analysis expo to 'Super Bowl Boulevard' on New York's Times Square.
Microsoft's Strong Quarter: 5 Key Facts
News  |  1/24/2014  | 
Microsoft's enterprise sales are booming, but Surface is still no match for the iPad.
When The Open Cloud... Isn't
Commentary  |  1/24/2014  | 
Cloudscaling CEO Randy Bias argues that using public APIs and open-source code doesn't make your cloud service "open."
Workday Brings Consumer Web Experience To Enterprise Apps
News  |  1/23/2014  | 
Workday taps HTML5 to bring the look and feel of Google, Amazon, and LinkedIn to corporate apps on desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
Better Videoconferencing In The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/23/2014  | 
Former US Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan discusses why advanced HD desktop videoconferencing systems are a smart choice for enterprises, and offers 12 tips for using them effectively.
Motorola Lures iPhone Customers With Migrate
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
Motorola Mobility updates Android data migration app with ability to handle iPhone data.
IBM Plans Layoffs, New Investments
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
IBM says it will "rebalance" its workforce in 2014 after a steep slide in hardware sales, but also invest in cloud, mobile, analytics, big data, and security to fire up growth.
Social Security Administration To Build Private Cloud
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
SSA issues request for information seeking software that would help automate the agency's IT processes and create a self-service portal.
'Password' No Longer Worst Password
News  |  1/21/2014  | 
The security firm SplashData publishes its list of the 25 worst passwords of 2013.
GE Acquires API Healthcare For Staff Schedule Optimization
News  |  1/21/2014  | 
Top-ranked software for nurse scheduling will expand GE's hospital operations management portfolio.
SAP Doubles Down On Cloud Computing
News  |  1/21/2014  | 
SAP accelerates its transition to cloud services, raising subscription revenue forecasts and rolling back profit expectations as it invests in cloud growth.
Software Contracts 101: What To Look For
Commentary  |  1/21/2014  | 
Before signing on the dotted line, evaluate these contract provisions. First of a two-part series.
2014 IT Budget Survey
Steal Our Slides  |  1/20/2014  | 
Is the IT budget moving out of IT’s control? Maybe -- 37% of respondents say the rate of outside spending is on the rise, up from 22% last year. Just 21% of CIOs retain full spending authority. What is in our control: How we respond.
Can Windows Tablets Break Out In 2014?
Commentary  |  1/18/2014  | 
One lesson to date: While Apple can still command top dollar, Windows tablets only become widely desirable when they drop to Android-level pricing.
Intel Desperately Seeking Mobile Momentum
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
Posting mixed earnings, Intel tries to catch up in mobile while getting ahead in wearable tech and the Internet of Things.
16 Stupid Tech Job Interview Questions: Show Your Snark
Commentary  |  1/17/2014  | 
Glassdoor characterizes these actual job interview questions as "oddball." We give these questions the answers they deserve.
Microsoft Researchers Seek Performance-Based Cloud Pricing Patent
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
Cloud pricing scheme based on performance levels, instead of units of time, would be interesting play against rivals such as Amazon Web Services.
IBM Bets Big On Global Datacenter Network
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
IBM will spend $1.2 billion and build out 40 SoftLayer-based datacenters to deliver enterprise cloud services. Locales range from China to Mexico.
5 Big Business Intelligence Trends For 2014
Commentary  |  1/17/2014  | 
Visual data discovery, cloud computing, and mobile lead the BI trends to watch in 2014. Take a closer look.
When Analytics Meets Receivables
Commentary  |  1/16/2014  | 
TermSync uses data analytics to help small and midsized businesses better understand how and when they're being paid.
Microsoft CEO Search: Ericsson's Vestberg A Contender
News  |  1/16/2014  | 
As Microsoft works to replace Steve Ballmer, Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg reportedly lands on the short list.
Oracle Adds Cloud Adapter For Salesforce.com
News  |  1/16/2014  | 
Oracle joins the cloud-integration party late, but says its wizard-driven SOA Suite will appeal where on-premises apps prevail.
IBM Stuffs Flash Into Next-Generation Servers
News  |  1/16/2014  | 
IBM moves flash storage inside the box -- 12.8 TB of it -- to work alongside RAM and cut data movement latencies.
Apple Settles FTC In-App Purchasing Complaint
News  |  1/15/2014  | 
Agreement calls for $32.5 million in refunds for in-app purchases made without parents' OK.
PaaS Is Dead. Long Live PaaS
Commentary  |  1/15/2014  | 
Platform-as-a-service is not dead -- Red Hat exec Krishnan Subramanian says it has evolved to a higher state.
Top 10 Retail CIO Priorities For 2014
Slideshows  |  1/15/2014  | 
NRF Big Show 2014 serves up a wealth of advice for retail tech leaders looking to embrace digital commerce, adopt a mobile-first strategy, and take advantage of big data.
Is The Cloud Platform Battle Over?
Commentary  |  1/15/2014  | 
Iaas and PaaS platform distinctions will soon become irrelevant, as OpenStack's Solum project shows.
FCC Net Neutrality Rules Rejected
News  |  1/14/2014  | 
FCC must draft new rules or rely on the intervention of lawmakers if it's to regulate Internet broadband service providers.
Rackspace Names Taylor Rhodes President
News  |  1/14/2014  | 
Former chief customer officer aims to shake off investor doubts about Rackspace's cloud service fortunes.
Mozilla's Eich: Trust Us, We're Open
News  |  1/14/2014  | 
Firefox is trustworthy because its source code can be verified, says CTO Brendan Eich.
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