Profile of Mary Hayes Weier
News & Commentary Posts: 631
Articles by Mary Hayes Weier
posted in September 2009
FinancialForce.com, a startup providing financial and accounting software as a service, is getting a minority investment and on-campus office space from Salesforce.com.
Workday, an important SaaS company to watch, has hired the former CEO of PolyServe, later acquired by Hewlett-Packard, as its new president. Yet this isn't a case of a startup hiring an experienced exec to shop it around. As Workday's Aneel Bhusri recently told me, "Dave Duffield and I largely control the company, and we did not start Workday to sell it."
The app, which provides access to NetSuite's on-demand enterprise-resourcing planning and CRM suite, is another example of business SaaS going mobile.
Oracle, it seems, is trying to hammer out a strategy to more heavily embrace the most radical faction of the SaaS movement, one that completely upends the traditional software vendor profit model: Subscription-based pricing. If what Oracle said Tuesday in a Web event is true, this could be a huge shift for the software giant.
Mid-market software-as-a-service will include the option of subscription-based pricing, the software company said.
The software giant wants to pick up divisional business from large companies standardized on Oracle or SAP ERP.
Venture capital funding is at a historic low, yet at least eight software startups announced VC funding in the past two weeks for a total of more than $60 million. Their products are all very different, but they have one thing in common: they're delivered in a software-as-a-service model.
SAS Institute CEO Jim Goodnight talks cloud computing, education, and software industry consolidation with InformationWeek.
Werner Vogels says EC2 customers should talk with software vendors about licensing -- something Amazon itself is already doing.
IT executives at the InformationWeek 500 conference tell about innovative uses for RFID and touchscreen technology.
New strategies by SuccessFactors and Taleo show how SaaS vendors plan to maintain strong growth.
Cloud computing-based customer relationship management software is particularly suitable for integrating with social networking sites.
There's been plenty of blogging, twittering, and general hand-wringing about Google's Gmail outage Tuesday. But rather than extend this into yet another philosophical discussion about the viability of cloud computing, let's keep this in mind: Businesses who've signed on for Gmail don't expect perfection. In fact, both Google and Microsoft only agree to 99.9% uptime for their online email offerings.
Enterprises using Gmail don't expect 100 percent uptime, but they do expect communication and transparency regarding outages.
Apparently the third-party software maintenance firm known as Rimini Street, which Oracle and SAP have claimed is no threat to their businesses, is indeed a threat. Oracle has filed court documents requesting Rimini Street to produce information about its business, which it says could be a "carbon copy" of TomorrowNow, the company at the center of Oracle's lawsuit against SAP.
The IT outsourcing company has teamed with Oracle to offer a platform service that software companies can use to join the SaaS industry.