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Content tagged with Software as a Service posted in May 2009
Adobe Releases Flash Platform Betas
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
The company is positioning Adobe Flash Builder 4, Adobe Flash Catalyst, and the open source Flex 4 framework as its answer to Microsoft's Silverlight software.
AT&T, Verizon Racing To Rollout 4G Wireless
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Super-high-speed LTE wireless infrastructure is expected to expand into mainstream networks in the next few years, analysts predict.
HP, Cast Iron Offering SaaS Integration Appliances
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
HP's resellers will offer appliances for handling integration between SaaS and on-site applications, which remains one of the biggest hardships of SaaS deployments.
Google Automates Apps With Scripting System
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
Search giant expects enterprise users to employ Google Apps Scripts for scheduling and procurement, transportation planning, and other business automation functions.
Univ. North Carolina, IBM Team Up For Research, Personalized Care
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
Integration with IBM's technologies is expected to improve treatment of patients with diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and cystic fibrosis.
Google Arms Developers With Free Phones, Web Tools
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
Google CEO Eric Schmidt heralds the maturation of the Internet application programming model as the fulfillment of a decades-old dream.
VMware Invests $20 Million In Terremark Cloud Services
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The virtualization giant will own 5% of Terremark, which produces cloud and managed IT services for large companies and government agencies.
Glide's Engage To Deliver Twitter-Style Micro-Blogging
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
Glide is a media-sharing, communications, productivity, and file-storage service that runs on Web browsers using Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows, and on dozens of mobile devices.
Google Riding 'Wave' To Redefine Collaboration
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
Structured like Gmail, the developer and end-user software interoperates with other Web services, such as IM, forums, wikis, and blogs.
SAP Braces For Change
News  |  5/26/2009  | 
New sole-CEO Leo Apotheker wants the enterprise-software powerhouse to be more responsive to customers.
NASA Launches 'Nebula' Compute Cloud
News  |  5/22/2009  | 
The space agency's open source cloud project could be used in support of space missions and a more open Web strategy.
Interop: Data Represents Big Cloud Challenge
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
Slow and inefficient Internet links, security concerns, and architectural problems in terms of processing are top of mind for one expert panel.
How Cloud Computing Jump-Started A State Agency
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
A new CIO, a shrinking budget, and a commitment to serving mobile employees pointed to the solution: cloud apps and a cluster of virtualized x86 servers.
Interop: IBM Predicts Data Center Expansion Via Containers
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
Big Blue is following Rackable, HP, and Sun, which have begun to sell shipping containers already preloaded with servers, networking, and other data center equipment.
U.S. Defense Dept. Information Systems CIO Opens Up On Shared IT
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
DISA CIO John Garing reveals much about how his team coordinates procurement, collaboration, and cloud computing within the often competing military branches.
California Agency Embraces Mobility, Cloud Computing
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
The state's Public Utilities Commission is using the Open Campus application to give employees wireless access as well as virtual desktops and diskless laptops to ensure data security.
Interop: SAP Sheds Light On Cloud Computing Plans
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
Execs point to future systems powered by SAP Business Suite and Business Objects along with SAP's CRM On-Demand and Business ByDesign.
Managed Services Model Helps Companies Weather Recession
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
CompTIA reports that managed services providers are holding profits longer and recovering sooner than traditional product and support sales companies.
Microsoft Opens My Phone For All
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
Similar to Apple's MobileMe, the free wireless data backup service lets Windows Mobile users store contacts, photos, videos, and text messages on a password-protected Web account.
Amazon Adds CloudWatch Monitoring, Other Services
News  |  5/18/2009  | 
The Amazon move follows an earlier offering by open source Web site management firm Hyperic.
Lombardi Upgrades SaaS-Based BPM Software
News  |  5/15/2009  | 
The new version of Blueprint borrows from online social networks with read-only views of process maps and diagrams that allow line of business employees, partners and customers to comment directly in threaded conversations with process authors.
Lombardi Upgrades SaaS-Based BPM Software
News  |  5/15/2009  | 
In the latest release of Blueprint, Lombardi adds read-only views of process maps and diagrams that allow line of business employees, partners and customers to comment directly in threaded conversations with process authors.
Japan Hopes IT Investment, Private Cloud Will Spur Economic Recovery
News  |  5/15/2009  | 
The Kasumigaseki Cloud is part of a larger government project that's expected to create 300,000 to 400,000 new jobs within three years.
Interop: Virtualization Ushers In Data Center Efficiencies
News  |  5/15/2009  | 
VMWare and Citrix will be joined at the conference by Ixia, VKernal, Vizioncore, and others to show how much the enterprise has to gain by adopting virtualization.
Google Makes It Easier To Migrate To Gmail
News  |  5/14/2009  | 
The tool is available in all newly created Gmail accounts and is being rolled out to older ones over the next few days.
Federal Government Considering Cloud Computing
News  |  5/14/2009  | 
The GSA's request about "infrastructure as a service" includes 45 questions that may already eliminate some vendors.
Google's Cloud Evangelism Converts Enterprise Customers
News  |  5/13/2009  | 
International auto parts supplier Valeo has agreed to deploy Google Apps across its 30,000-member workforce.
Beyond The Cloud: IBM Unveils 'Stream Computing'
News  |  5/13/2009  | 
Big Blue's System S can analyze and execute a stock trade in less time than it takes a hummingbird to flap its wings.
Interop Preview: Cloud Computing Takes Center Stage
News  |  5/13/2009  | 
Expert demos at Las Vegas conference will showcase why the cloud is relevant to the enterprise, May 17-21.
SAP CEO Seeking 'Clarity' With Customers
News  |  5/12/2009  | 
Leo Apotheker is intent on balancing the demand for lower prices and more value on one side, and shareholders anxious over declining profits and revenue on the other.
Government IT Spending To Increase 7% Next Year
News  |  5/12/2009  | 
Major government-wide IT initiatives planned include cloud computing, collaboration, and government transparency.
Federal Budget Lays Out Government Cloud Computing Plans
News  |  5/12/2009  | 
Despite up-front costs, the White House expects that rolling out government-wide common IT services will pay off in the long run.
SaaS Market Predicted To Grow By 22% This Year
News  |  5/11/2009  | 
SaaS adoption has become more widespread, as business and computing models have matured, improving security response time and service availability.
Interop Preview: Cloud Computing, ROI In Spotlight
News  |  5/11/2009  | 
Attendees of the Las Vegas conference, May 17-21, will learn how cloud computing and social networking can give a lift to return on investment.
Microsoft Offers Cloud-Based Public Data Hosting With Azure
News  |  5/7/2009  | 
The Open Government Data Initiative aims to help government agencies host public data on Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud computing platform.
Mozilla Weaves Its Firefox Cloud
News  |  5/7/2009  | 
Weave aims to transform Firefox from a Web page presentation tool into a platform for cloud-based services.
Micro Focus Spending $155 Million For Borland, Compuware Tools
News  |  5/6/2009  | 
Over the last three years, Micro Focus has been expanding its portfolio with application testing and quality management tools, making five related acquisitions since 2006.
Vizioncore Lets Virtual Machine Users Provision Themselves
News  |  5/5/2009  | 
VControl could speed IT operations by allowing end users to configure and initiate their VM of choice without requiring assistance from IT managers.
Oracle Gives Customers A Break On Maintenance Fees
News  |  5/4/2009  | 
The change buys customers another year of standard fees on aging software products before increasing to extended-support rates. But is Oracle doing enough?
Microsoft Contest Looks To Entice Azure Developers
News  |  5/4/2009  | 
Windows Azure is expected to pit Microsoft against competitors like Google and Amazon.

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