From databases to mobile management, cloud service startups want to tackle classic enterprise problems. Check out these interesting options -- including a service to keep an eye on shadow IT.
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Show me the money
Everyone wants your money. Stripe wants to help them get it. That sounds like a great ransomware description, but Stripe has actually staked out a corner of the payment processing market, a corner it hopes will be quite busy and large. Stripe in some ways competes with Square and other mobile payment providers, but it wins its place on this list through its emphasis on easy integration with websites and apps. It's that integration, along with application hooks up and down the entire payment stack, that make Stripe much more than just another Square wannabe -- and a cloud startup to watch.
SaaS As Innovation Driver?Software as a service is the clear No. 1 way enterprises consume cloud. InformationWeek's SaaS Innovation Survey reveals three tips to get the most from SaaS: Make it a popularity contest. Have an escape plan. And remember that identity is the new perimeter.
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