News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software as a Service posted in June 2011
Telco Moves Into Cloud Services
News  |  6/30/2011  | 
Dimension Data, a unit of Japan's NTT, picks up operational expertise and a software stack by acquiring infrastructure as a service and managed hosting services provider OpSource.
LinkedIn Groups Widgets Headed For Apps, Sites
News  |  6/30/2011  | 
Groups API lets applications and websites connect to LinkedIn Groups industry discussion boards.
Office 365 To Get Skype Integration
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
Microsoft will tie Lync Online with the VoIP platform to make it easier for users of either service to communicate with each other.
Should Your Enterprise Buy Cloud Insurance?
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
IEEE's CIO suggests that FDIC-style insurance may be one way to allay fears among enterprises about the security risks involved with cloud computing.
Office 365: 5 Factors That Swayed One Enterprise
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
Hendrick Automotive chose Office 365 over Google Apps and other alternatives. The IT director explains why.
Office 365 Vs. Google Apps: Evaluating Email Security
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
What have the cloud suite rivals done to address enterprise email security and related concerns such as compliance?
Why One SMB Uses Google And Microsoft Apps
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
Model Metrics has some good reasons for keeping Microsoft Office licenses, even though it dumped hosted Exchange in favor of Gmail and it uses other Google Apps.
Office 365: Microsoft Pitches Cloud, Eyes Profit
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
CEO Ballmer talks up advantages for small and midsize companies at Office 365's launch--not the cloud threat to Microsoft's lucrative on-premises enterprise software.
Cloud Revenue: The Question Vendors Keep Dodging
Commentary  |  6/28/2011  | 
Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, and Google play coy when breaking down their cloud computing revenues. That reticence is no longer acceptable.
4 Reasons Google Apps Beats Office 365
News  |  6/27/2011  | 
Google makes its case for Google Apps as Microsoft Office 365 arrives.
Moving To Office 365 From BPOS: 7 Tips
News  |  6/27/2011  | 
If you're preparing to upgrade to Microsoft's cloud-based productivity suite, check out these seven tips for a smoother transition.
Office 365 Vs. Google Apps: Top 10 Enterprise Concerns
Slideshows  |  6/27/2011  | 
Is Microsoft Office 365 ready to rumble with the ease of use and lower cost of archrival Google Apps? Consider this point-by-point comparison for enterprises.
Apple iCloud MobileMe Transition Roadmap
News  |  6/24/2011  | 
Looking to quell user fears, Apple has provided a tidy little help page that outlines much of what will happen as MobileMe transitions to iCloud in the coming months.
Broadvision Tackles Customer-Facing Collaboration
News  |  6/24/2011  | 
Clearvale Social Customer Management option opens corporate communities to customers and partners.
Apple Gets Serious About iOS Data Protection
Commentary  |  6/23/2011  | 
Its iCloud service will be a one-stop content, document, application, and configuration synchronization service for mobile devices and PCs.
My Mistake: 10 CIOs Share Do-Over Worthy Moments
Slideshows  |  6/23/2011  | 
Leading CIOs share the decisions that they'd still like to take back. Check out their lessons learned from mistakes on costs, culture, career path, and more.
Can Video Game Firm Outplay Traditional VDI Options?
Commentary  |  6/23/2011  | 
Cloud video game company OnLive uses its high-speed network to jump into the market for virtual desktops. Here's why its technology looks compelling compared to traditional VDI.
Cloud Trust Improves Among Government IT Pros
News  |  6/23/2011  | 
Four times more government agencies are considering the cloud this year as compared to 2010, according to a new survey. Security tops their worry list.
Microsoft's New Cloud Chief Dismisses Sales Scare Talk
News  |  6/23/2011  | 
Satya Nadella, in his first public appearance since taking over for Microsoft's Bob Muglia, said that the cloud age equals a sales opportunity for Microsoft, not a threat.
Virtualization Pioneers Crosby, Pratt Tackle Cloud Security
News  |  6/22/2011  | 
Simon Crosby and Ian Pratt resigned from Citrix to found Bromium, a startup that will attack the problem of guaranteeing the security of executing code to protect "the cloud in your pocket."
Google Apps Script Gets Drag And Drop
News  |  6/22/2011  | 
Automating business processes in Google Apps becomes easier with the introduction of a script API interface design tool.
Wyoming Completes Google Apps Migration
News  |  6/22/2011  | 
Days prior to Microsoft's Office 365 launch, the first state government to drop its in-house software in favor of Google's cloud-computing offering announced that all 10,000 employees have made the move.
Will IBM Go 'All In' On Cloud Computing?
Commentary  |  6/22/2011  | 
IBM has spent more than a decade and tens of billions of dollars buying software. Don't bet on it delivering its smartest technologies on demand any time soon.
Tame Social Network Chaos To Unlock Business Capabilities
News  |  6/22/2011  | 
Meltwater Buzz Engage combines social CRM and social media monitoring to let businesses build social profiles of customers that interact with their products or brands.
6 Tips To Maximize SaaS Value
News  |  6/21/2011  | 
Host Analytics' CFO says the midmarket firm's software as a service overhaul is more about technology sophistication and using tools previously only available to the enterprise than cost cutting.
'Engineering Cloud' Promises To Modernize Manufacturing
News  |  6/21/2011  | 
Fujitsu's specialized cloud computing platform combines on-demand computer-aided design and analytics software with a thin-client environment to offer manufacturers additional product design and production power at an economical entry cost.
4 Reasons Cloud Computing Isn't Overhyped
News  |  6/20/2011  | 
CIO of Schumacher Group, a midmarket physician management firm, says that as much as 85% of the company's processes are now cloud-based. Here’s why, and his advice on how to make the shift to cloud-based infrastructure.
DoubleDutch Checks In Business Activities
News  |  6/20/2011  | 
Foursquare-like service extends HYVE social mobile platform to sales and field service staff and promotes checking in on business, not just from locations.
Cloud Bill Shock: New SMB Service Fights Back
News  |  6/20/2011  | 
UptimeCloud aims to help users turn cloud savings hype into reality with real-time cost monitoring, analysis, and prediction tools.
How Cloud Can Improve Medical Image Sharing
News  |  6/20/2011  | 
One Texas health system transfers thousands of diagnostic-quality images to caregivers daily, using a secure, high-speed system that meets HIPAA requirements.
LongJump Cloud Platform Gets Mobile, Social
News  |  6/17/2011  | 
The cloud-based database and application creation tools are getting a mobile client and social feeds.
Feisty Ballmer Talks Cloud, Office 365, And Big Data
News  |  6/17/2011  | 
In this Q&A, Microsoft's CEO pushes back, but also provides new insights into the company's cloud computing business, its hardware strategy, and his customers' next big bet.
Cloud Computing Confuses Consumers
News  |  6/15/2011  | 
Though consumers have been using the 'cloud' longer than most businesses, many have embraced cloud computing without even knowing it.
Practical Analysis: The Great Myth Of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  6/15/2011  | 
The tools are viable and the payoff is real, but it's not happening because hardly anyone has the time or money to do it.
How Google Instant Pages Improves Search
News  |  6/15/2011  | 
Say goodbye to I'm Feeling Lucky and say hello to I'm Feeling Confident: Google's new search trick takes educated guessing to another level. Just beware a few potential problems.
FuzeBox Links High-End Videoconferencing To iPads, PCs
News  |  6/15/2011  | 
Adding flexibility for online meetings and videoconferences, Fuze gateway connects high-end telepresence systems to iPads, Android tablets, PCs, and Macs.
12 Brawny Business Intelligence Products For SMBs
Slideshows  |  6/13/2011  | 
Business intelligence isn't just for the big boys anymore. Check out our short list of star SMB options, from easy-to-deploy SaaS choices to affordable versions of the biggest BI suites.
From Ocean to Cloud: NOAA Goes Google Apps
News  |  6/9/2011  | 
The climate and weather agency joins a growing list of its federal government peers moving to cloud-based email and collaboration.
IBM Offers Students Free Cloud For Application Development
News  |  6/8/2011  | 
JazzHub offers tools to help developers understand how to collaborate to build apps for the smart products and devices that are driving new levels of software design complexity.
Federal CIOs Report Progress On IT Reform
News  |  6/7/2011  | 
Cloud computing has been used to save money, improve uptime, and boost collaboration at the Department of Interior, Army Corps of Engineers, and Office of Personnel Management.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs Introduces iCloud
News  |  6/6/2011  | 
The cloud-based service offers nine applications, including iTunes, Mail, Calendar, and Contacts free with a fee-based storage option.
Apple WWDC: Lion OS Roars In At Just $29
News  |  6/6/2011  | 
Apple takes a direct job at Microsoft with this pricing on the next version of Max OSX, available next month only through the Mac App store. And with full-screen apps, Apple also swings at Google's Chrome OS.
Apple WWDC: Will Jobs Answer Big iCloud Questions?
News  |  6/3/2011  | 
Steve Jobs is expected to reveal a disruptive new cloud service and updates to two operating systems, Mac OS X 10.7, known as Lion, and iOS 5. The Apple CEO’s faithful await answers on some important unanswered details about each--and will expect one more thing.
White House Details Federal IT Reform
News  |  6/3/2011  | 
Government website lists the systems agencies plan to move to the cloud and targets for data center consolidation.
SMBs Want Vendors To Expand IT Services
News  |  6/3/2011  | 
Third-party IT providers aren't meeting SMBs' preference for single-source mobile, cloud, and managed services, according to Techaisle survey.
Private Clouds? Business Execs Miss The Point
Commentary  |  6/2/2011  | 
Business executives are more interested in building private clouds than taking advantage of the benefits of public clouds, according to an Avanade survey.
Public Sector Slow To Adopt Cloud Computing
News  |  6/2/2011  | 
Compared to the private sector, government customers are still evaluating using clouds more than actively adopting them, according to a new study by Red Shift Research.
Department Of Labor Considers Cloud Email
News  |  6/2/2011  | 
Microsoft Exchange-based system may be retired for Web-based email and collaboration.
NYSE Euronext Builds Capital Markets Cloud
News  |  6/1/2011  | 
Stock exchange hopes to lure trading firms onto new on-demand computing platform.


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