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Content tagged with Software as a Service posted in November 2008
Making Microsoft Office Apps Into SOA Services
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Tibco and OpenSpan are teaming up to combine functions from Office applications into a new composite that helps automate the business process.
LinkedIn Intros Streamlined Search Engine
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Search results on the social networking site can now be refined by several categories, including name, company, school, and language.
IBM Launches Cloud Computing Services
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Big Blue is introducing new products aimed at helping customers move apps to the Web.
Microsoft's Virtualization Chief: Watch For Us In The Cloud
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Microsoft is positioning its Hyper-V hypervisor and Virtual Machine Manager component of Microsoft's System Center for on premises and in the cloud support.
HP Laptops, Services Boost Quarterly Revenue
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Dell, on the other hand, recently reported a 3% drop in revenue for the same period to $15.16 billion, while its profits fell 5% to $727 million.
SAP CEO: SaaS Hurts Our Profits
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
The company has readied version 2.0 of Business ByDesign, but a broad-market push is too costly for SAP, incoming chief executive Leo Apotheker said.
Harrah's Bets Big On Cloud
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
The casino operator is moving revenue generating apps, like room reservations, to the Internet.
Google To Seek Pre-Installation Of Chrome On PCs
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
If successful, such a strategy could help the company boost use of the browser, which currently stands at less than 1% of Web users.
Google Crowdsources YouTube Support
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
YouTube is looking for users willing to make a video to explain topics such as Editing my video, Customizing channels, and Transferring from camera to computer.
Google's Lively Set To Die In December
News  |  11/20/2008  | 
The 3-D interactive chat environment will join the list of Google misfires when it closes, less than six months after launch.
Wyse Revamps Thin Client OS For Collaborative Computing
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
Version 6.3 connects to Microsoft Terminal Services 2008 and supports Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol with 32-bit color and font smoothing.
Adobe Flash Hits Home Run With MLB
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
During the 2008 season, the site presented video in standard-definition TV quality at 1.2 Mbps in 16-by-9 widescreen format.
10 Great iPhone Apps For Your Business
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
iPhone-loving business professionals can tap into corporate e-mail systems, customer contact lists, and accounting systems with these downloads from the iTunes App Store.
Making the Business Case for Mashups
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
Once a boutique pursuit for geeks, mashups are entering the enterprise application development mainstream.
CA To Overhaul Big Iron With Mainframe 2.0
News  |  11/19/2008  | 
The management company claims mainframes can represent only half the cost of distributed client-server architecture for light workloads.
Yahoo CEO Casts Departure In Positive Light, Lists Successes
News  |  11/18/2008  | 
Jerry Yang praises the company's tangible progress, despite a tough external environment, and says he'll "always bleed purple."
Red Hat CEO Whitehurst Talks About Slowdown, Virtualization, Linux
News  |  11/18/2008  | 
In an exclusive interview, Red Hat's Jim Whitehurst opens up about the open source software firm's short-term prospects in troubled times and longer-term opportunities for growth.
Capgemini Sharpens Cloud Consulting With Amazon Deal
News  |  11/18/2008  | 
The company also launched a new group, the Cloud Computing Center of Excellence, that will help businesses evaluate and implement cloud services and offer cloud consulting.
Hurtful Google Docs Study Tied To Ex-Microsoft Employees
News  |  11/17/2008  | 
The ClickStream report suggests that a mere 1% of U.S. adult Internet users used Google Docs, while Microsoft Office is in use by more than 50% of adult U.S. Internet users.
Adobe Positions Flash For Multiple Devices
News  |  11/17/2008  | 
Adobe sees its technology as the interface layer that can take content and format it for use on screens of all sizes.
Microsoft Releases SharePoint, Exchange As A Service
News  |  11/17/2008  | 
More than 7,000 companies and organizations signed up to participate in the multitenant beta for Exchange Online and SharePoint Online.
CA Unveils Cloud Management Strategy, SaaS Unit
News  |  11/17/2008  | 
CA unveiled Monday a cloud computing strategy that includes management as a service and management of third party cloud computing environments such as Amazon's EC2.
Open Source BI Fights For Its Share
News  |  11/14/2008  | 
With growing capabilities in a strong segment, vendors are looking past developer markets to business end users.
VoiceCon Review: IT, Communications Can Help Weather Economic Storm
News  |  11/13/2008  | 
Unified communications, Microsoft, videoconferencing, cost savings, and the slowing economy dominated industry leaders' conversations in San Francisco this week.
Microsoft Offers 0% Financing On Business Software Purchases
News  |  11/13/2008  | 
Zero-percent financing could become a popular incentive from software companies looking to make sales during a tough economy.
Vodafone Sees Euro 1 Billion In Cost Cuts
News  |  11/12/2008  | 
However, CEO Vittorio Colao said his company is still pursuing growth opportunities in total communications specifically mobile data, enterprise and broadband.
Hyperic To Monitor Amazon Cloud From The Inside
News  |  11/12/2008  | 
The software will be installed as an Amazon Machine Image, a virtual machine file format based on Xen, and made available on Amazon's DevPay service.
Oracle Offers Web 2.0 'Gadgets' For Siebel, On Demand CRM
News  |  11/12/2008  | 
Oracle also said Siebel 8.1.1 will be the second major upgrade to Siebel's flagship CRM software since it was acquired more than two years ago.
IBM CEO Touts Smart Systems, Efficient Infrastructure
News  |  11/11/2008  | 
Supply chain inefficiencies cost the consumer products and retail industries an estimated $40 billion annually, or 3.5% of sales, IBM's Sam Palmisano pointed out.
SAP Taps Former Oracle Exec Wookey To Head SaaS For Large Companies
News  |  11/11/2008  | 
Henning Kagermann indicated SAP's SaaS for large companies will look more like Microsoft's "software plus services" approach than's "no software" tactic.
HP To Sell NetSuite's Online Business Apps To SMBs
News  |  11/11/2008  | 
Under the deal, customers would swap their software-as-a-service vendor's sales force automation product for NetSuite's customer relationship management service called CRM+.
Boomi Offers Online Integration Service To ISVs
News  |  11/10/2008  | 
Called AtomSphere, the "platform-as-a-service" offering allows ISVs to productize and embed integration services within their applications.
Web 2.0 Summit: HP, Cisco Chime In On Cloud Strategies
News  |  11/7/2008  | 
While some companies like Amazon have characterized cloud infrastructure as a low-margin business, HP sees infrastructure-as-a-service as "a big opportunity."
Web 2.0 Summit: Cloud Computing Smackdown
News  |  11/6/2008  | 
Microsoft competitors Marc Benioff of Salesforce and Dave Girouard of Google sound off on Microsoft's Azure venture into the cloud.
Salesforce Ascends Beyond SaaS Into Cloud Computing
News  |  11/6/2008  | 
Salesforce will let customers build and run applications on its platform, customize their applications, and tap into other Web-based services.
Web 2.0 Summit: Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang Open To Microsoft Sale
News  |  11/6/2008  | 
The co-founder also acknowledged Google's announcement that it would not pursue its advertising partnership with Yahoo.
IBM Unveils Mac Support, Roadmap For Lotus Symphony
News  |  11/5/2008  | 
The 2009 version calls for 60 new features that included developing the software entirely on version 1.2 of the OpenDocument format and OpenOffice 3.0 code base.
Obama Election Ushering In First Internet Presidency
News  |  11/5/2008  | 
Pioneering use of Web 2.0 and social networking technologies by the president-elect's campaign has seemingly transformed politics, and could influence government as well.
Game Developers' Top Tools And Resources
News  |  11/5/2008  | 
Newbie game developers are finding invaluable tips and tools on Kongregate, Addicting Games, Flash Game License, Gamasutra and other Web sites.
Microsoft BizSpark: Free Software For Startups
News  |  11/5/2008  | 
Redmond hopes the program will seed Silicon Valley with lots of future customers.
Dreamforce: Salesforce Tools Emerge From Its Own Cloud
News  |  11/4/2008  | 
CEO Marc Benioff asserts his customers in effect are tapping into a cloud when they run their Salesforce applications from two U.S. data centers over the Internet.
Firefox 'Porn Mode' Private Browsing Arrives
News  |  11/4/2008  | 
Firefox's version of the feature will be available to the general public in Firefox 3.1 Beta 2, which should be released soon.
Web 2.0 Summit Looks Beyond The Web
News  |  11/4/2008  | 
Anticipating a future U.S. energy policy more focused on alternatives to oil, the Web 2.0 Summit also will feature discussions with green tech leaders, among others.
Salesforce 2.0 Adds Voice, IM With Ribbit
News  |  11/4/2008  | 
The CRM software add-on provides voice mail transcriptions and integration of Google Talk and Skype.
Photo Gallery: Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference
News  |  11/3/2008  | 
Get a glimpse of the conference where Microsoft allowed an early look at Windows 7, at its first Web-based Office applications, and at its new Azure platform for cloud computing.
SaaS-Based BI Vendor Offers State-by-State Election Dashboard
News  |  11/3/2008  | 
Comparing past election results to Census data, Birst business intelligence environment looks inside state voting patterns.

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