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Content tagged with Software as a Service posted in September 2008
Will Open Source Breathe New Life Into Health Care Cost Savings?
News  |  9/26/2008
A California bill calls for interoperable records and a full, hospital-running health care IT system that's open source. That's music to provider Medsphere, which backs OpenVista.
PG&E Finds Middle Path Between Oracle, SAP Products
News  |  9/26/2008
When it came to business process management, the power company needed a bridge between its reliance on Oracle databases and SAP applications.
Global IPTV: $19 Billion Market By 2012
News  |  9/25/2008
Driving the increase is growing consumer demand for video, as well as the entry of new content providers such as YouTube and Joost, according to a new Gartner survey.
Oracle Unveils New Products, Then Drifts Into The Cloud
News  |  9/25/2008
Deal with Amazon means customers can subscribe to Oracle databases as a service.
Oracle Teams With HP On Database Hardware
News  |  9/25/2008
Oracle in tandem with HP is bringing out its first hardware product, a database machine, which Oracle CEO Larry Ellison says is suitable for high end, high performance data warehouses.
Oracle, Intel To Accelerate Cloud Computing
News  |  9/24/2008
The companies are looking to connect private clouds to those of partners or third-party companies offering storage, server capacity, middleware, and other services.
Oracle Extends WebLogic Application Server To Run On Grid
News  |  9/22/2008
As part of its Fusion line of middleware, Oracle will try to make it easier to develop applications for such grids by adding new capabilities to its JDeveloper toolset.
IT Managers Fear They Aren't Prepared To Operate VM Environments
News  |  9/22/2008
Some 48% of survey respondents said their chief challenge in Tier 1 production environments is to isolate problems of root cause within virtualized systems.
Oracle To Sync With Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud
News  |  9/22/2008
Oracle's overall cloud plans include investing $3 billion on integration this year across 20,000 developers with access to 30,000 servers.
Microsoft Opens $550 Million Data Center In San Antonio
News  |  9/22/2008
The data center is one of a network of massive facilities being built to support Microsoft's push to offer cloud services.
Web 2.0 Expo: Zoho To Launch App Store, Support For Offline E-Mail
News  |  9/19/2008
Developers will keep 100% of revenue from app sales, while Zoho will make its money by charging users to host large instantiations of the apps.
Interop: Cloud Computing Faces Many Management Challenges
News  |  9/19/2008
One of the main things many cloud computing vendors lack today is a sense of visibility into the infrastructure running the cloud, say a sampling of Interop attendees.
Sony Launches PlayStation Life Service
News  |  9/18/2008
The launch reflects the company's strategy of making the PlayStation 3 more than just a console for gamers.
Citrix XenServer 5.0 Upgrades For High Availability, Cloud Computing
News  |  9/18/2008
The latest version contains 130 new features for high availability, performance, and ease of use, including disaster-recovery features for a failed virtual machine.
Interop: Oracle Predicts Cloud Confusion To Continue
News  |  9/17/2008
In a young market, there is also confusion being sown by companies that aren't committing entirely to Internet-based computing, including Microsoft, an Oracle exec suggests.
Interop: IBM Opens Social Software Research Center
News  |  9/17/2008
Big Blue is developing new technologies to support better workplace collaboration and communication.
VMware Launches Fusion For Mac, Virtual Client Initiative
News  |  9/16/2008
The software aims to help workers access their desktop environment running remotely in the data center or locally on a desktop or laptop.
IW500: Merrill Lynch, KeyBank Execs Keen On 'Visualization' Software
News  |  9/16/2008
Both banks use software from iRise, which reduced the average time it takes financial advisers to open a new client account from 32 minutes to six minutes.
Interop: Capitalizing On Web 2.0 With Wikis, Social Networking
News  |  9/16/2008
New online tools make it easier for conference attendees in N.Y. to exchange ideas and opinions about IT issues and the conference itself.
Tech Spending Will Be Weaker In 2009 Than Predicted
News  |  9/16/2008
The good news is that tech spending will be better than expected this year. The bad news is that next year things will be worse, said Forrester Research.
Amazon's IMDb Now Showing Free Movies
News  |  9/16/2008
The site has begun showing more than 6,000 feature films and television shows submitted by CBS,, Sony Pictures Television, and more than 500 independent filmmakers.
IW500: Harrah's Places Its Bet On IT
News  |  9/16/2008
The $10.8 billion resort and gaming company outlines ways to grow by providing new services, during a discussion at the InformationWeek 500 Conference.
VMware Unveils Infrastructure Software For Cloud Computing
News  |  9/16/2008
The Virtual Datacenter Operating System shifts the center of server computing from individual operating systems to infrastructure software that spans many distributed servers.
Cloud Computing Adoption Grows Despite Concerns
News  |  9/15/2008
Online-powered storage and applications were generally favored by nearly 77% of people between the ages of 18 and 29, according to a new Pew Internet survey sample.
Panorama Adds Flash UI To Online Analytics
News  |  9/15/2008
Panorama's latest technology uses Adobe Systems' Flash to add animation and graphics to the user interface to guide users through each step of the data analysis operations.
T-Mobile's App Store Coming, Won't Include Android
News  |  9/12/2008
While the new store presents many opportunities for developers and customers, it will be more restrictive than similar offerings from Google and Apple.
Spore Players Revolt Over DRM Install Limit
News  |  9/10/2008
Electronic Arts says it's unfazed by's users, claiming the protection is necessary to prevent people from copying its game and distributing it online. To Replace Freddie Mac On S&P 500
News  |  9/10/2008
The selection of shows recognition of cloud computing, says CEO Marc Benioff.
Google Offers Web Searchers, Chrome Users More Privacy
News  |  9/9/2008
The previous 18-month retention policy has been whittled down to address regulatory concerns.
Sparxent Startup Seeks Super VAR Status
News  |  9/9/2008
The IT firm aims itself at the middle tier of the market with an aggressive acquisition schedule including NetworkD and Arbyte.
Stealthy BlueStripe Concentrates On Managing Apps In VMs
News  |  9/8/2008
The company's FactFinder product will initially work with applications in virtual machines generated by VMware's ESX Server and with Citrix Systems XenServer.
CA, IBM Demo Interoperable Configuration Management Databases
News  |  9/8/2008
In integrating the systems, CA and IBM used open-source software from the Eclipse COSMOS project.
Joost Drops Video Desktop Client, Concentrates On Browser
News  |  9/8/2008
The company has attracted much attention because its founders -- Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom -- pioneered much of the P2P universe.
Microsoft Ships Update For Dynamics CRM Online
News  |  9/8/2008
The service pack gives users new tools for measuring ROI on Web marketing campaigns and key word purchases.
Special Report: Business Intelligence Gets Smart
News  |  9/5/2008
From desktop integration and BI services to smart applications and SaaS offerings, here are the trends top companies are incorporating in their BI initiatives, and what you can learn from them.
EA's 'Spore' Set For Earthwide Launch
News  |  9/5/2008
The game is expected to open up a new revenue stream built on millions of micro-transactions from players buying virtual clothes and accessories for their creatures.
SaaS Vendors Declare Support For Google Chrome
News  |  9/5/2008
IT shops should be cautious about any immediate claims of Google Chrome support, considering the recent availability and immaturity of the browser.
With Chrome, Google's Not Fighting The Last Browser War
News  |  9/4/2008
It's trying to shift the focus to running Web applications, not viewing pages
Interop New York: The Ultimate A-To- Z Guide
News  |  9/4/2008
Interop New York, the East Coast's largest business technology conference and exhibition, runs September 15 through 19th at the Jacob K Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan. Here's an alphabetical guide to key events, activities and entertainment inside and outside the show.
Google Fixes Chrome's End User Terms Of Service
News  |  9/4/2008
The old Terms of Service agreement was seen by many in the Internet community as Google being evil by asserting ownership over its users' work.
Google Chrome Will Challenge Some SaaS Providers
News  |  9/4/2008
Google Chrome could help, DemandTec, and other SaaS vendors evolve their offerings, but it also presents problems.
Google Chrome Faces Long Road To Enterprise Adoption
News  |  9/3/2008
IT admins want to be aware of Chrome because it could infiltrate companies the way instant messaging did, through users determined to use the software they like, without IT approval.
Google Chrome Swallows Pop-Up Ads, Advertisers Still Get Billed
News  |  9/3/2008
The browser actually loads pop-up ads even though they won't be seen unless users choose to maximize the pop-up ad windows that Chrome has minimized.
Insurer Says Technology Acquisition To Transform Patient Care
News  |  9/3/2008
Health Care Service hopes patients will have better outcomes and its costs will be reduced with its purchase of disease management software maker MEDecision.
Appirio Tackles Custom Cloud App Development, Sync
News  |  9/3/2008
Appirio is taking aim at companies ready to migrate systems to the cloud but unsure how to do so with a new suite consulting and custom development services.
Microsoft Jumps On Virtualization Launch Event With 'App-V' Release
News  |  9/3/2008
Fending off rivals VMware and Citrix, Microsoft is opening up a number of new licensing schemes for client virtualization, including offering App-V to the hosting community. Touts Haagen-Dazs As Cloud Customer
News  |  9/2/2008
The ice cream company is using to support its franchised shops in mega malls, Las Vegas casinos, and Disney properties.
Microsoft Preps Mobile App Store
News  |  9/2/2008
Job postings indicate the company will launch a mobile application store, dubbed Skymarket, with the launch of Windows Mobile 7.
Google Introduces A Browser Called Chrome
News  |  9/2/2008
As an alternative to Microsoft IE and Firefox, Chrome can have multiple Web applications open in different browser tabs without cross-application security risks, Google says.

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