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Content tagged with Software as a Service posted in December 2010
California Agencies Favor Microsoft For Email
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
About two out of three state mailboxes will be migrated to Microsoft-hosted email, rather than a competing state system.
NIIT Technologies Acquires EHR Platform
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Indian IT firm will enter the U.S. healthcare market with the Preferr hosted electronic health records and referral management software.
NATO Taps IBM To Build Private Cloud
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization will test using the cloud to consolidate and modernize its IT resources.
Practical Analysis: Choosing SaaS Apps Is IT's Work
News  |  12/16/2010  | 
LOB partners tend to fall in love with an app’s interface and functionality, but they don’t know enough about things like integration and user authentication.
SAP Goes On Demand
Commentary  |  12/14/2010  | 
The prospects for the company's technology and multi-front, hybrid strategy look good. Now it's a matter of market execution.
Amazon EC2 Achieves Payment Industry Certification
News  |  12/13/2010  | 
Level 1 Payment Card Industry-compliant transaction processing systems can now be hosted by Amazon Web Services.
Where's Government Data In The Cloud?
Commentary  |  12/10/2010  | 
Amid the Obama administration's 'cloud first' strategy, federal agencies face the prospect of seeing their data go offshore. There's a lesson to be learned from WikiLeaks.
Foursquare Unwraps API Version 2 Beta
News  |  12/10/2010  | 
Latest iteration uses OAuth2, not XML, to improve server responsiveness.
Xbox, Black Ops Top U.S. Gaming Market
News  |  12/10/2010  | 
Kinect system and Activision's team-based shooter drive videogame sales to new heights in November.
EA Releases Pogo For iPhone
News  |  12/9/2010  | 
The advertising-supported Pogo Games App escalates the mobile gaming competition between Electonic Arts and rival Zynga.
SAP Cloud Platform, App Store Set For 2011
Commentary  |  12/9/2010  | 
On-demand portfolio will also gain line-of-business extension applications and Business ByDesign For Subsidiaries.
IBM Workers Could Lose Outsourcing Protection
News  |  12/9/2010  | 
Many ex-IBMers are counting on a federal program to make it through tough times—but trade adjustment benefits for tech services workers are set to expire.
Salesforce To Acquire Ruby App Hosting Service Heroku
News  |  12/9/2010  | 
Ruby applications currently run in Amazon's EC2 cloud, but one day may move to
Bluetooth, iOS Enable Digital Camera Remote Control
News  |  12/9/2010  | 
The blueSLR device allows an Apple iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch to control Nikon DSLR cameras from up to 300 feet away.
Google Resurrecting Offline Access To Docs
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
Google promised that offline access to Docs will return in 2011. It also added useful new features to Gmail that are available today.
Google Chrome OS Hardware Vanishes In The Cloud
News  |  12/8/2010  | 
The computer upgrade cycle could slow significantly as Chrome OS netbooks proliferate, at least in the lower end of the market.
OpenLogic Exchange Expands Open Source Compliance
News  |  12/8/2010  | 
The OLEX software as a service now includes alert options, as well as automatic delta and command line scanning.
Windows 7 Slates Won't Be Home For Christmas
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
Microsoft’s failure to get consumer-friendly tablets in stores for the holiday season could result in a frosty year-end quarter for the software maker.
What's Next And What's Missing From SAP
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
Influencer Summit offers window on what's coming in mobility, analytics and in-memory functionality. But is the social networking strategy missing in action?
USDA Taps Microsoft Cloud For 120,000 Workers
News  |  12/8/2010  | 
As part of its IT modernization strategy, the federal agency has turned to Microsoft and Dell to provide e-mail and other online applications across its operations.
10 Steps To Mobile Worker Support
News  |  12/7/2010  | 
Today, millions of workers never set foot in offices, and the ability to work from anywhere is a powerful recruiting tool. Fortunately, supporting roving employees is easier than ever. Here's how.
Google Adds Bidirectional Communications In App Engine SDK
News  |  12/7/2010  | 
Version 1.4.0 of the software development kit automates interactions between web servers and JavaScript in browsers, expanding what can run on the application hosting service.
10 Steps To Mobile Worker Support
News  |  12/7/2010  | 
Today, millions of workers never set foot in offices, and the ability to work from anywhere is a powerful recruiting tool. Fortunately, supporting roving employees is easier than ever. Here's how.
Benioff Announces, Issues Oracle Rejoinder
News  |  12/7/2010  |'s CEO dismissed the "old status quo players" who spread fear and doubt about the cloud at the Dreamforce user group event in San Francisco.
Wolfe's Den: Cisco Seeks To Rule The Cloud
Commentary  |  12/7/2010  | 
The networking behemoth intends to automate cloud deployment, as spotlighted via its just-announced partnership with BMC. We chat with Lew Tucker, Cisco's chief technology officer of cloud computing, who talks about cloud-o-nomics, interoperability standards and how Cisco aims to be the go-to supplier of equipment to cloud providers.
Microsoft Rebates Oracle, Salesforce Customers To Switch CRM
News  |  12/7/2010  | 
Up to $200 per seat offered to lure rivals' customers into making the switch to Microsoft Dynamics Customer Relationship Management Online. Branches Into Database As A Service
Commentary  |  12/6/2010  | will offer the same software that serves Salesforce's customer relationship management applications, but will companies buy into a multi-tenant database?
SAP StreamWork Lands In Google Apps Marketplace
News  |  12/6/2010  | 
Google Apps users can now try a collaborative decision-making application from SAP that includes technology from Google Wave.
Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure Passes FISMA Test
News  |  12/6/2010  | 
Achieving key Federal Information Security Management Act approval paves the way for the vendor to grab a larger share of the government market.
Amazon Says Wikileaks Plug Pulled Over SLA Violation
Commentary  |  12/3/2010  | 
Amazon says it halted operations of WikiLeaks servers in its EC2 cloud data center due to Wikileaks' breach of its service level agreement, including violations of the provision that it hold all rights to posted content.
Apple Bans Demos, Betas From Mac App Store
News  |  12/3/2010  | 
Unlike the iTunes App Store, where trial versions, betas and demo software are ubiquitous, only fully functional, retail versions of apps will be allowed in the planned Mac App Store.
Why Did Amazon Web Services Shut Down WikiLeaks?
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
If the real reason is the impact denial of service attacks had on other customers' EC2 service, what does that mean for less controversial cloud users hit by hackers?
APM Vs. The Cloud
News  |  12/2/2010  | 
IT must rethink its approach to managing the performance of cloud applications.
Gowalla Syncs With Foursquare, Facebook Places
News  |  12/2/2010  | 
Version 3 of the location-based service is available for iPhone, will launch Android and iPad iterations in January.
Microsoft Calls Google Gmail 'Deficient'
News  |  12/2/2010  | 
Redmond slams rival's e-mail offering after GSA rejects Outlook in favor of Google's cloud-based service.
General Services Administration Picks Google For Email
News  |  12/1/2010  | 
The first major federal agency to move its email to the cloud agency-wide offers the latest evidence of the emerging cloud email market.
HP Ditches Windows Home Server
News  |  12/1/2010  | 
Microsoft-based MediaSmart systems will give way to new line of products powered by Palm group's WebOS technology.
Cisco To Acquire Network Management Software Provider LineSider
News  |  12/1/2010  | 
Deal will boost Cisco's business in building and deploying secure cloud computing infrastructures.

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