News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software as a Service posted in April 2012
Amazon's 7 Cloud Promises: Hype Vs. Reality
Slideshows  |  4/30/2012  | 
Amazon says cloud computing is an indispensable enabler of seven important computing transformations. We hype-test the promises with a few reality checks.
5-Step IaaS Migration Plan
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
SMBs have saved big buying complex software on a subscription model. Here's how to determine if infrastructure services can pay off, too.
Salesforce.com's Benioff And Infor's Phillips: A Fireside Chat
Commentary  |  4/26/2012  | 
Two maverick executives discuss their recent partnership, the direction of enterprise software, and war stories from two decades in the software industry.
Converting Your Product To Cloud Service: Lessons Learned
News  |  4/25/2012  | 
Many technology suppliers don't understand the cloud and are slow to convert. Accenture says you should learn from the example of Salesforce.com and others.
Salesforce.com Government Cloud: What's Inside
News  |  4/25/2012  | 
Salesforce.com unveils government-focused suite of services, app marketplace, and small business partner program for customers in federal, state, and local agencies.
Box Updates API, Adds iPhone, iPad Partners
News  |  4/25/2012  | 
With streamlined API and account integration with partner apps, Box tries to boost developer ecosystem, strengthen position compared to new rival Google Drive.
Google Drive Shows 'Bring Your Own Cloud' Has Arrived
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
I'm using two consumer cloud services, one enterprise cloud service, and two conventional software packages to get you this column. Am I insane, or is this just how everyone works?
Google Drive Arrives, At Last
News  |  4/24/2012  | 
Google Drive will duel with the likes of Dropbox and Box for the right to be your file sharing service in the cloud.
Asteroid Mining Plan Revealed
News  |  4/24/2012  | 
Planetary Resources, a new company with backers including current and past Microsoft and Google execs, shared its strategy to create a new industry in mining asteroids.
Yammer Update Emphasizes Enterprise, Cloud Search
News  |  4/24/2012  | 
Enterprise social network expands search functionality to include activity feeds from applications, including those in the cloud, and adds premium groups for departmental signups.
Can Software Help Infosys Out Of Financial Rut?
Commentary  |  4/23/2012  | 
A digital marketing platform called BrandEdge is the Indian company's newest attempt to sell software, not just IT and BPO services. It's got its work cut out for it.
Adobe Serves Up Creative Cloud Buffet
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Blending cloud and desktop software offerings, Adobe makes the latest upgrade to its Creative Suite products available as an all-you-can-eat buffet, for a monthly fee.
Google Continues Product Purge
News  |  4/20/2012  | 
Google shutters Flu Vaccine Finder and Google Related, and ends Patent Search as a separate website, in ongoing trimming of services.
Workday Courts Mobile Users, Large Enterprises
News  |  4/19/2012  | 
Cloud-based ERP vendor adds HTML5 mobile support, upgrades financial, HR, and payroll features.
Marketo's Crowd Factory Deal Underscores Rise Of Social Marketing
Commentary  |  4/18/2012  | 
By helping companies reach customers through Facebook and Twitter as well as e-mail, banners, and keywords, Marketo plans to socialize marketing automation.
CloudStack Vs. OpenStack Debate Rages On
Commentary  |  4/18/2012  | 
Cloudscaling CTO Randy Bias jumps into fray, but does it really matter which private cloud open source code is the most "Amazon like"?
Scrybe Extends Social Desktop To Browsers, Smartphones
News  |  4/18/2012  | 
Scrybe's Convo (formerly Convofy) adds options while continuing to promote an Adobe Air interface to its enterprise social network.
Google Gmail Back After Limited Outage
News  |  4/17/2012  | 
Service disruption affected less than 2% of the 350 million Gmail users worldwide.
Casino Company Gambles On Gamification
News  |  4/17/2012  | 
National casino chain Boyd Gaming uses Gigya's gamification platform to keep players hooked on its loyalty program.
Kana Bolsters Customer Support With Social Tools
News  |  4/17/2012  | 
Online service specialist aims to help companies improve customer support by turning social listening and engagement into action.
With Rackspace Cloud, OpenStack Goes Primetime
News  |  4/16/2012  | 
Rackspace has announced OpenStack as the basis for its Rackspace Cloud service, plus rolled out new networking, monitoring, and database services.
IT Should Prepare For Cloud Startup Downpour
Commentary  |  4/16/2012  | 
Venture capitalists are voting for cloud startups in staggering numbers. Start developing a rigorous process now for picking enterprise IT cloud tools and vendors.
5 Tips For Negotiating Cloud Software SLAs
News  |  4/16/2012  | 
Custom cloud service level agreements aren't the norm, but can be done. Prepare to make a business case to the cloud provider with this expert advice.
Moxie Tightens Integration With Salesforce For Easier Mashups
News  |  4/16/2012  | 
Moxie's chat and email services services now will be available through the Salesforce AppExchange, while ServiceCloud users will be able to tap the Moxie knowledge base.
InterCall Partnership Boosts Blue Jeans' Videoconferencing
News  |  4/16/2012  | 
Phone conferencing giant InterCall will resell Blue Jeans' service as an easy way to set up impromptu video calls that bridge high-end equipment with consumer options like Skype.
4 Ways IT's Role Changing Faster Than Expected
Commentary  |  4/16/2012  | 
Analysts at the Corporate Executive Board say you'd better update your five-year plan, because a series of radical shifts around IT's value, ownership, and role are happening sooner than envisioned.
6 Ways To Run Windows On An iPad
News  |  4/13/2012  | 
Want full access to Windows-based business productivity tools, without giving up your iPad? Check out these six options.
Microsoft Wins Its Largest Cloud Rollout Yet
News  |  4/13/2012  | 
Microsoft beats out Google and IBM to provide online apps, services to 7.5 million students and professors in India's national technical education council.
IT Spending: Innovation Talk Vs. Survival Walk
Commentary  |  4/12/2012  | 
Today's IT spending figures reveal much maintenance work. Has innovation stalled because IT is playing catch up after a long winter of spending freezes and cuts?
Yammer Drums Up Tight Microsoft Office Integration
News  |  4/12/2012  | 
Purchase of OneDrum adds file sync and collaborative editing of Office documents with no need for plugins.
Citrix Buys Podio For Go-To Social Collaboration
News  |  4/11/2012  | 
Social startup Podio brings its tools for organizing projects, and work in general, to GoToMeeting company.
NASA's New Web Plans Stress Open Source, Cloud
News  |  4/11/2012  | 
NASA's entirely new Web architecture will lean heavily on cloud computing, open source tools, and social media.
IBM Unveils PureSystems Private Cloud Packages
News  |  4/11/2012  | 
IBM has long pitched systems that configure, manage, and heal themselves, but its new PureSystems integrated hardware and software offerings update that strategy for the cloud model.
SAP Launches Attack On Database, Mobile App Markets
News  |  4/11/2012  | 
Pricing the Hana in-memory database to sell and kicking in cash incentives for migrations, SAP vows it will become the fastest-growing database vendor.
Wavii: New Kind Of News Gatherer
News  |  4/10/2012  | 
Wavii, a new breed of aggregator, gives you news feeds culled from across the Web, from sources far beyond Google News. It also understands your interests and summarizes results.
Atlassian Streamlines Its Confluence Enterprise Wiki
News  |  4/10/2012  | 
Enterprise wiki software adds faster commenting and content discovery, playing a bit of catch-up with rivals.
Subscriptions Are First Step In Sage ERP And CRM Plan
News  |  4/10/2012  | 
With competitors like Epicor, Infor, and Microsoft on the move, Sage is making over its enterprise applications portfolio.
7 Ways IBM Will Make $7 Billion In Cloud
Commentary  |  4/9/2012  | 
Can IBM make people believe that it's committed to the cloud in the same manner as an Amazon or Rackspace? IBM's plans include much more than a place for Unix hardware.
HP, Dell Create Clouds For The Rest Of Us
Commentary  |  4/9/2012  | 
Dell's recent moves are about courting IT shops that need help moving legacy applications to a more modern model, while HP says it can build a better public IaaS cloud option.
Exo Goes Freemium With Social Intranet Portal
News  |  4/9/2012  | 
Cloud Workspaces promises a Yammer-like social collaboration service, free to get started with, but backed by mature Java portal technology.
3 Truths About Cloud Software SLAs
News  |  4/9/2012  | 
You're not imagining things. Unlike the rigorous SLAs of traditional enterprise IT services, today's cloud software SLAs don't offer much room for customization and tend to cover only the basics.
Q&A: IBM Global Business Services CTO Talks Cloud
News  |  4/6/2012  | 
IBM Fellow and Global Business Services CTO Kerrie Holley, who helped shape SOA, shares his thoughts on cloud trends, the future of IT, and more.
If Bono Loves Dropbox, Shouldn't You?
Commentary  |  4/5/2012  | 
'Bring your own cloud' is coming to an enterprise near you. It's time for CIOs to study their options.
Army Cloud Plans Include Containerized Data Centers
News  |  4/5/2012  | 
Army's $249.8 million cloud computing contract includes mobile cloud services and HP containerized data centers.
Evernote Prepares To Storm The Enterprise
News  |  4/3/2012  | 
In this video interview, Evernote CEO Phil Libin talks about the ubiquitous productivity application and platform and where his company is heading next.


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