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Content tagged with Software as a Service posted in June 2008
Ride the Next Wave of Flexible 'BI Workspaces'
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Forrester Research says SaaS and in-memory options will let power users and analysts gain insight without IT bottlenecks. Embrace the trend, but beware the costs and risks.
Cast Iron Offers Integration Appliance For NetSuite
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
NetSuite is the latest software-as-a-service vendor supported by Cast Iron integration appliances, which are billed as supporting application integration through configuration rather than coding.
VMware To Microsoft: 'Not That Much Has Changed'
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Despite the hoopla about Microsoft's upcoming release, executive John Gilmartin says Hyper-V is six to seven years behind VMware's technology curve.
Cloud9 Analytics Brings Forecasting to Users
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
Data warehouse in the cloud gains forecasting app, Excel-based visual report builder.
Moving To The Cloud, Businesses Encounter Turbulence
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
A "thought shift" is required before big business will shift core business databases to the cloud, said a Google software engineer.
IBM Opens Cloud Computing Centers In China, South Africa
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
The centers will be used to deliver applications and other IT services to customers over the Internet.
Endeavors Offers Free Desktop Application Virtualization
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
Endeavors Technologies' free Application Jukebox Lite will compete with products such as Citrix Systems' XenApp and VMware's ThinApp.
Oracle Forms Health And Sciences Business Unit
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
While the company's focus on health care and life sciences isn't new, Oracle clearly sees growth opportunities in the sector.
Hyperic To Monitor's Cloud Computing Availability
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
Hyperic launched a Web site that reports on the availability of's cloud computing services, such as Elastic Compute Cloud and Simple Storage Service.
Microsoft, AT&T, Covisint Partner On Health Data Exchange
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
The agreement lets consumers who use Microsoft's HealthVault share their health data with their doctors.
Google, Salesforce Expand Integration Of Cloud Computing Platforms
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
The Toolkit for Google Data APIs merges content from Google services with's database, logic, and workflow capabilities.
Google Fixes Outage-Causing Flaw In App-Hosting Platform
News  |  6/19/2008  | 
The search engine also introduced paid service plans for its Web site Optimizer, an online tool for testing a site's content for its effectiveness in reaching visitors.
Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Nears Release
News  |  6/19/2008  | 
The former SoftGrid software streams an application from a server in an organization's data center to a local PC as pieces of the application are needed.
HP, VMware Link Arms To Manage Virtual, Physical Resources
News  |  6/18/2008  | 
In the past, HP has linked its systems management software to VMware's through an external interface.
Google Suffers Outage On App-Hosting Platform
News  |  6/18/2008  | 
The Google App Engine outage was the result of a flaw in Google's data-store servers and was trigged by a particular class of queries, engineers said.
NetSuite Adds SaaS Applications For Light Manufacturers
News  |  6/15/2008  | 
The vertical suite includes functionality for assembly, work order and bill of materials. The new services are aimed at midsize companies.
Coming To The iPhone: Enterprise Apps
News  |  6/13/2008  | 
Analysts say the latest iPhone has the security and speed businesses seek in a smartphone, and the enterprise applications they depend on aren't far behind.
Down To Business: Customers Fire A Few Shots At Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  6/12/2008  | 
Security, regulatory compliance, and long-term vendor commitment are among the chief concerns.
IBM Rules Middleware, While Oracle + BEA = Distant No. 2
News  |  6/12/2008  | 
Business process management software, portals, business-to-business software, and enterprise service buses are being added to application servers in the middleware category.
VMware Dives Into Specialized, Desktop App Virtualization
News  |  6/11/2008  | 
In ThinApp 4, Application Link and Application Synch let customers run multiple versions of any application on any Windows operating system.
Enterprise 2.0: Sony, CIA, Pfizer Strategize On Boosting Enterprise 2.0 Adoption
News  |  6/11/2008  | 
The panel of enterprise 2.0 enthusiasts tried to explain why the nascent technology of wikis, e-mails, blogs, and forums hasn't taken large organizations by storm.
Terremark Launches Utility Computing Service For Enterprises
News  |  6/11/2008  | 
Based on the Infinistructure virtualized utility platform, the company is billing the compute cycles and storage as a lump sum at the beginning of a multi-month contract.
Enterprise 2.0: Google, Amazon, Salesforce Push 'Cloud' Vision
News  |  6/10/2008  | 
Vendors at the Enterprise 2.0 conference tried to convince a group of seasoned IT pros that they should put all their data in the so-called cloud and leave it to outsiders to manage.
Enterprise 2.0: Oracle Pushes 'Social CRM' Services
News  |  6/10/2008  | 
The software services, to be previewed at the Enterprise 2.0 conference, are Oracle's first significant plunge into subscription-based SaaS.
Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente Launch E-Health Record Pilot
News  |  6/9/2008  | 
The program will test the exchange of patient health data from Kaiser Permanente's My Health Manager e-health record system to Microsoft's HealthVault platform.
Q&A: Amazon on Enterprise Computing in the Cloud
News  |  6/9/2008  | 
Speaking at this week's Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston, Amazon's Adam Selipsky says enterprises are already embracing the agility and economies of scale of cloud computing.
Panorama Launches Online BI Service
News  |  6/8/2008  | 
PowerApps is a Web-based hosted online analytical processing (OLAP) platform that offers application programming interfaces to create scorecards, dashboards, and reports from within Google Apps.
Adaptive Focuses On Collaboration In Upgrade Of Financial Planning Service
News  |  6/5/2008  | 
Adaptive Planning 5.0 offers what the company calls "connected intelligence," which is the ability to tap into the pool of knowledge among employees within an organization or among outside financial professionals.
Informatica Tackles Real-Time, On-Demand and Cross-Enterprise Integration
News  |  6/4/2008  | 
Platform upgrade addresses emerging latency, data-quality and identify management demands, incorporating technologies from two recent acquisitions.
IBM To Push SuccessFactors' SaaS Into Large Businesses
News  |  6/4/2008  | 
The deal shows how IT service vendors are finding ways to participate in SaaS's momentum.
NetSuite Looks Beyond ERP With $26 Million OpenAir Acquisition
News  |  6/4/2008  | 
OpenAir's SaaS offerings for project and time management might make more sense to companies than NetSuite's own ERP SaaS.
Credit Suisse Spins Off Homegrown Virtual Machine Management Firm
News  |  6/2/2008  | 
After trying all sorts of other vendors, the financial services firm built DynamicOps so well; it's decided to offer it as a standalone product.

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