Startups Use SaaS To Take On SharePoint
Microsoft's SharePoint is the T. rex of collaboration products: big, fiercely competitive, and standing atop the social computing food chain. But smaller, nimbler players are using SaaS to compete against the thundering giant.
SAP's Pain Equals CIO Gain?
In essential physical therapy, short-term pain might be unpleasant but it's also an indispensable prerequisite for long-term health. So yesterday when SAP's new CEO said that offering the company's core ERP products in a SaaS model will end up "hurting our margin, and hurting our stock," I hope he wasn't saying SAP will try to wait out -- or worse yet, try to ignore -- the inexorable forces of
'60 Minutes' Looks At 'Widow Penalty' In Immigration Law
Last night, 60 Minutes reported on a group of hundreds of American widows fighting a U.S. government effort to deport them from this country. These women (and a few men) are citizens of foreign countries who married American citizens, but their spouses died before their residency applications were completed. InformationWeek covered this story in June; one of the widow
Yieldex Wins Amazon Startup Contest
Yieldex, a one-year-old company with a product for forecasting online ad inventory, is the winner of Amazon Web Services' startup challenge. The prize: $50,000 in cash, $50,000 in AWS credits, and a potential investment from Amazon.
Will IT Management Go SaaS?
Forrester Research forecasts SaaS will take a modest bite out of the IT management market. The big surprise is the high level of interest from medium-sized and large enterprises.
IT's Next Headache: Cloud Chaos
It's easy to get started with cloud services, which is one of those mixed blessings that can get businesses into trouble. A few internal developers may sign up for cloud services, rogue business units do the same, usage grows, and before you know it, your company has plugged into multiple clouds without a coordinated plan. IT departments need to guard against the impending chaos.
5 Classes of Cloud Computing
The best way to look at cloud computing is to learn how to classify the clouds. Right now I see at least five classifications: storage-as-a-service, database-as-a-service, applications-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, integration-as-a-service, and security-as-a-service. Each category has its own path to maturation, with applications-as-a-service (or SaaS), leading the way. The next push will be...
Is It Adultery If The Sex Happens In Second Life?
Is cybersex adultery? That's a question faced by a U.K. couple, who divorced after she caught him having cybersex with another woman in Second Life. She called up the real-life lawyers and kicked the bum out. But is it really adultery if there's no physical contact? Is it cheating if the two people having relations never even see each other, or hear each others' voices?
IBM Turns To Cloud Management
Want a clue on what's next from IBM in cloud computing? Then take note that Dennis Quan, the guy behind IBM's cloud computing partnership with Google, recently moved into IBM Tivoli's development group. His new assignment tells a lot about the challenges IBM sees ahead.
Will The Cloud Hurt Storage Companies?
There have been a few articles written lately which claim cloud computing will hurt smaller storage companies like 3Par, Compellent, Xiotech, etc…. The theory being that there will have to be some industry consolidation. I disagree. Cloud computing should be a net gain for storage companies and here's why.
G.ho.st Twitters From Amazon Web Services
G.ho.st, a startup that has developed a "virtual computer," is integrating Twitter with its browser-based user environment. More than a dozen applications are available from G.ho.st, a unique company where Israelis and Palestinians work together writing Web 2.0 software.
EMC's New Global Cloud Storage Offering
Storage giant EMC today debuted its first cloud-optimized storage offering, called Atmos, that promises to help huge content distribution services, such as video and photo sharing sites, store petabytes of data across cloud storage environments around the world.
Outlook for SaaS Gets Cloudy
So Salesforce.com is moving from SaaS to cloud computing... So, What's the difference? And, where is this all going?... Once again we're playing buzzword bingo, but perhaps for good reasons... What will be interesting is the number of other SaaS companies that will follow Salesforce.com into the clouding computing space.
How To Buy A Laptop
Whether you are a road warrior, daily commuter, or media mogul, make sure that your next notebook is a good fit. We look at gear from Lenovo, eMachines, HP, Sony, and Acer.
The View From Firefox's Bleeding Edge
I don't normally live dangerously. I wear my seat belts and follow the labels on my prescription bottles with religious care. That said, stick an alpha or beta edition of an open source app in front of me, and I'm honor-bound to try it out -- within reason, of course.
Cloud Storm At Web 2.0
At the Web 2.0 Summit here in San Francisco, executives from Salesforce.com, Google, Adobe, and VMWare attempted to take the cloud discussion beyond the typical "compute-in-cloud" model, and into some uncomfortable and ambitious places.
Google Apps Inventor Rajen Sheth Unplugged Part II: Polishing Google Apps With Chrome?
Earlier this week, I published Part I of my recent interview with Rajen Sheth, who is known in the halls of Google as the inventor of Google Apps. Just the name Google Apps causes a bit of confusion. Many users of Google's browser-based word processor, spreadsheet, and presentations solutions think they are using Google Apps. Indeed, they are using Google's browser-based applications. B
Software Is Dead? Benioff Says He May Have Exaggerated Demise
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff made a splash with his announcements of ties to Facebook and Amazon's computing cloud at his company's Dreamforce user group meeting this week. "None of these announcements will produce discrete revenue," points out Steven Ashley, the Robert W. Baird investment bank analyst who shared my table at lunch. Then again, they don't necessarily need to.
Why Microsoft Will Prevail In The Cloud
Microsoft last week unveiled its cloud computing strategy, a plan that was met by some with skepticism and doubt. Yet, while it's true that Microsoft is behind Amazon and Google in offering on-demand Web services, it's a mistake to think Microsoft won't catch up. It will, and here's why.
Micrososoft's Cloud Ecosystem Czar: 'When Mashups Fail, Whose Throat Do You Choke?'
Whereas most cloud computing czars at most cloud solution providers are usually very gung ho about the cloud and mashups, Brandon Watson, Microsoft's director of Microsoft's Cloud Services Ecosystem, offers a bit more of a sobering look at today's state of affairs when it comes to using a variety of disparate Internet-based services to composite or mashup some business application.
The Cloud Computing Monopoly Debate
I've been following with interest a cloud computing debate that's been going on the past week or so between O'Reilly Media founder Tim O'Reilly and technology writer Nicholas Carr about the potential for a single company to achieve monopoly control of the world of cloud computing.
The Community Cloud
Could it be worthwhile for businesses to tie their virtualized data centers with one another to create a pooled set of resources that acts like some sort of community cloud? The logistics need working out, but it could be a new way to get more capacity without massive build-out while avoiding painful subscription fees.