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7 Cloud Service Startups To Watch

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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User Rank: Ninja
7/24/2014 | 5:42:37 PM
Learning online can still be social
Thanks for giving us a heads up on these companies. I particularly like Classle. Some people learn so much better when they have the opportunity to meet and talk with classmates, hear their questions and realize they are not te only ones not getting it. I checked it out and the classes I saw were extremely well priced as well.
User Rank: Apprentice
7/24/2014 | 7:54:28 PM
Re: Learning online can still be social
Very interesting choices. I have no doubt that both the enterprise-focused services and money-processing services industries are going to be huge. But payment processing is very problematic. Stores must subscribe to different services and develop separate processing applications for each one. Each service has different terms of use and different credit, reporting, and privacy policies -- not to mention that some, such as PayPal, are hardly impartial transaction brokers and may use their control of customers' money for political purposes. They also use the data they gather from customers to limit and manipulate customers' choices. Without standards and regulation, online money-processing services will remain complicated to choose, to implement, to use -- and to trust.

Standards and regulation are required to bring stability and predictability to what is a fairly chaotic market. Developing implementation standards will be relatively easy when the industry's customers get frustrated enough. But international regulations will be much harder to negotiate and will require years to establish.

Because of those issues, the industry will remain unpredictable for new entrants, and I wouldn't bet a dime that any particular company, other than the established industry giants, will do well or poorly.
User Rank: Moderator
7/25/2014 | 4:47:58 AM
Re: Learning online can still be social
These startups will enable more data and services for the cloud. Cloud has really made our interactions with mobile different. The real-time aspects also make a different bridging a closer relationship with cloud, real-time processing and analytics.
Curt Franklin
Curt Franklin,
User Rank: Strategist
7/25/2014 | 1:57:26 PM
Re: Learning online can still be social
@kstaron, the educational opportunities truly intrigue me, as well. While I don't believe that everyone must have a university degree in order to succeed I do believe that everyone needs to continue learning throughout their life. If a cloud-based system can help make that happen then it seems nothing but a good thing to me.
Jeff Jerome
Jeff Jerome,
User Rank: Ninja
7/28/2014 | 11:44:53 PM
Re: Learning online can still be social
Maybe I am simple and the app I like and is not on this list is "our groceries"  may not be a big revenue generator but it offers some convenience.
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