News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software as a Service posted in October 2008
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Salesforce.com Plans Hosted Web Site Service
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Force.com Sites, to be announced at Salesforce.com's Dreamforce conference Monday, is an aggressive effort to move beyond its roots in on-demand sales force automation software.
Google's Gmail Gets SMS Messaging
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Google's implementation of computer-to-phone SMS includes a particularly helpful feature since it assigns the Gmail sender a persistent pseudo-phone number.
Down To Business: Microsoft, Industry Still Hang In The Cloud Ether
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Many customers still don't understand what "the cloud" is. Vendors don't help when they use the term to describe just about any product--or planned product--delivered from or touching a data center.
Microsoft Stakes Its Place In The Cloud
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Microsoft lays out concrete plans for cloud computing, but this vision doesn't come with a delivery date.
Google Defends Gmail Uptime, Bolsters Google Apps
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Google extends its premiere edition SLA to other products to disperse any cloud hanging over its cloud computing capabilities.
Radus Unveils Glossy Personal Media Hub
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The startup aims to provide a consistent user experience for online media consumption, whether that involves reading news feeds, sharing content, blogging, or watching videos.
Apple Updates MobileMe
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The company's wireless syncing service has been getting upgrades to improve mail, calendar, contacts, and overall performance, Apple said.
Informatica To Offer Salesforce.com Integration Service
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Informatica's Web-based service, to be announced at the Dreamforce conference next week, will let companies synchronize data between Salesforce CRM and onsite applications.
GE Will Use SaaS To Manage 500,000 Suppliers
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The electronic firm's partnership with Aravo's Web-based software service is the latest example of how even the largest of companies are getting comfortable with SaaS.
Cloud Computing Tools For Managing Amazon, Google Services
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Getting the most out of Amazon's Web Services or Google's App Engine requires the right tools. We run down the benefits of Elastra, Coghead, Heroku, Enomaly, and Hyperic CloudStatus.
SAP Global Operations CEO Cites Steep Drop In Customer Buying
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
SAP will boost sales with new software packages to help businesses weather the tough economy, McDermott said, while predicting Oracle's "Frankenstein operation" will scare off software buyers.
Google Continues Mad Scientist Act With Labs For Google Apps
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
In keeping with its preference for rapid-fire releases, Google unveiled a set of experimental features to encourage third-party developers to create enhancements for its productivity suite.
Microsoft Office 14 To Include Web Apps
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
The software maker has yet to set a release date, but industry watchers say the online suite could be available next year.
Yahoo Introduces Social Developer Platform
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
Over the coming months, Yahoo expects newly developed social applications to make the experience of using Yahoo more like Facebook or MySpace.
Microsoft Office Headed To The Web
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
Microsoft plans to introduce online versions of its most popular desktop applications.
Google's Gmail Gets Gadgets
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
In October alone, Gmail gained emoticons for messages, Gmail for mobile version 2.0, canned responses, contact manager improvements, advanced IMAP controls, and Mail Goggles.
Yahoo's Zimbra Mail Emerges As Hosted Service
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
Zimbra, which already runs 20 million mailboxes, is looking to expand in educational institutions, through an advertising-supported e-mail option or as a paid-for service.
Microsoft's Cloud OS Compelling, But Questions Remain
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
On top of Windows Azure, Microsoft will additionally build a series of its own applications and services developers and customers will be able to take advantage of.
Microsoft Unveils Windows Azure Cloud OS
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
The effort is an early salvo in Microsoft's campaign to lessen its dependence on desktop software.
Yahoo Plans Y!OS Developer Release Next Week
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
In the coming months, the open software platform is expected to reach Yahoo's home page and Yahoo Mail, enabling functions and applications that utilize social profile data.
Time Warner Cable's Road Runner Rolls Out TransMedia's Glide
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
Similar to Google Apps, Glide is a media-sharing, communications, productivity, and file-storage service that runs on compatible Web browsers using Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows.
IBM Offers Free Cloud Computing To North Carolina Students
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
The program is an expansion of IBM's Virtual Computing Lab, a 2-year-old, on-demand computing platform powered by donated IBM BladeCenter servers and software.
Can Microsoft Innovate In A Web-Centric World?
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
For all its dominance, the company needs to find a way to prove to the public that it is indeed a masterful game-changer and part of that may come from shifting the way it invents itself.
Amazon.com Offers App Hosting On Windows Server
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
The offering is the latest in Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud service, which launched out of beta Thursday.
SaaS Revenue Growing, Market Set To Double By 2012
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Driving the growth in SaaS deployments is businesses' desire to reduce their IT capital expenditure budget and to rapidly implement software that supports a specific business need, Gartner said.
Amazon Reports Strong Growth, Buys Gaming Company
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
The company reported $4.26 billion in revenue, an increase of 31% but just shy of forecasts that the company would bring in $4.48 in revenue.
NetSuite Offers Big Discount To Salesforce.com Customers
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Under the deal, Salesforce.com customers would swap their current software-as-a-service automation product for NetSuite's customer relationship management service called CRM+.
Google's Gmail Adds 'Canned Responses'
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Along with "Suggested Contacts," the search engine's auto-reply feature was driven by user requests.
Microsoft To Unveil Windows 7, Cloud Computing Efforts Next Week
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
PDC is Microsoft's foremost conference, occurring only semiannually whenever Microsoft has a series of big announcements to make, like the next version of Windows or the birth of .Net.
Yahoo Shares Rise On Cost-Cutting Plan
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Investors give CEO Jerry Yang's plan to reduce spending by $400 million a thumbs up.
Rackspace Buys Two Cloud Computing Firms For $11.5 Million
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
The hosted computing services company acquires Slicehost and Jungle Disk to compete head-on with Amazon Web Services.
Google Analytics Adds Enterprise Features
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Among the upgrades is an integration of Google Analytics with AdSense, Google's advertising network for Web publishers.
IBM Releases SAAS Version Of Lotus Notes Domino
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
By combining both a software element and a service, IBM is taking another page from Microsoft's "software plus services" strategy.
VMware Revenues Show Strength, Despite Downturn
News  |  10/21/2008  | 
CEO Paul Maritz expects to bring out the VMware View 3.0 desktop virtualization management system in the fourth quarter, with "significant deliveries expected through 2009."
Microsoft Releases Virtualization Tools, Sees Gains Against VMware
News  |  10/21/2008  | 
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 works with Microsoft's other management tools and costs about one-third what VMware's VirtualCenter does.
Google Android Adds Microsoft Exchange Support
News  |  10/20/2008  | 
Developers have created an application that will enable Android users to connect with Exchange servers and load contacts onto their phones.
Google Gmail Outage Brings Out Cloud Computing Naysayers
News  |  10/17/2008  | 
Because the outage appears to have lasted more than 24 hours for some, affected paying Gmail customers appear to be owed service credits, as per the terms of the Gmail SLA.
TC3 Processes Millions Of Health-Care Claims In The Cloud
News  |  10/17/2008  | 
The company explains how it uses Amazon's EC2 cloud product to help insurance companies detect fraud.
Cast Iron Offers SaaS Integration
News  |  10/17/2008  | 
The Cast Iron Cloud would be particularly useful to a mid-size or small company using, for example, NetSuite for their financial application and Salesforce.com for customer relationship management,
Chemical Manufacturer BASF Finds Big Gains In Virtualized Apps
News  |  10/16/2008  | 
The big German chemicals company found application performance was slowed at the desktop, but a number of other advantages offset that effect.
Google Shares Rise On Strong 3Q Performance
News  |  10/16/2008  | 
Co-founder Sergey Brin said Google should benefit from the tough times as the company now indexes as much information every four hours as is contained in the Library of Congress.
Novell To Buy Managed Objects, Expand Data Center Offerings
News  |  10/16/2008  | 
Managed Objects produces such software products as Application Impact Management, which gathers application operational data together into a management dashboard.
Cloud Summit: SAP Sees Bright Future In Cloud Computing
News  |  10/15/2008  | 
Cloud computing is coming more quickly to smaller organizations, largely because it is financially compelling, a panel of industry CTOs and insiders agreed.
Cloud Summit: Trend Micro Warns About Security Hazards
News  |  10/14/2008  | 
The company's Smart Protection Network represents an attempt to counter the vast computational capacity of cybercriminals and their botnets.
Cloud Summit: Cloud Computing Is Real
News  |  10/14/2008  | 
HP is betting big on cloud computing as its $12 billion purchase of EDS shows that the company is serious about infrastructure as a service.
IBM Expands R&D In China
News  |  10/14/2008  | 
The new facility will focus primarily on information analytics, Web-delivered service computing, cloud computing, and stream computing.
Google Gmail, Other Apps, Vulnerable To Attack
News  |  10/10/2008  | 
Security researchers alert the company to a bug that could let hackers use Google Maps to infiltrate Google, Google Mail, or Google Apps accounts.
U.S. Navy Intranet Realizes Big Savings Through Virtualization
News  |  10/10/2008  | 
EDS has helped the military in consolidating 1,200 x86 servers down to 200, each hosting multiple VMware ESX virtual machines.
Symantec Offers $695 Million For MessageLabs' SaaS Business
News  |  10/8/2008  | 
Such a combination would bring together MessageLabs' online e-mail and e-mail storage, IM, and Web filtering services with Symantec's online backup, storage, and remote access products.
CA Embraces Virtualization As Future Of Data Center Management
News  |  10/7/2008  | 
CA Data Center Automation Manager is one of 10 new automation products launched this week, but it's the one that most reflects where data center automation may be headed.
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