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On-demand software news, reviews, and tips, covering Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) topics, including Google Apps, Office 365, Salesforce.com, and other hosted software and services.
  • Simple online database collaboration

    Posted March 18, 2010 - 4:56 pm

    A number of providers have stepped up with tools to make spreadsheet sharing a lot easier than sending attachments. Here's how they stack up.
  • Moving to the cloud: Big savings, but plan ahead

    Posted March 18, 2010 - 2:42 pm

    Some might say that San Diego-based Amylin Pharmaceuticals was pushed into the cloud. The 23-year-old company's data center had been running at 100% capacity and IT executives feared inevitable performance problems, but the company was reluctant to build another site due to the poor economic climate.
  • Delphi Capital Management Opts for Cloud Storage

    Posted March 18, 2010 - 2:01 pm

    Phil Mentesana, chief technology officer at Delphi Capital Management, knew that backing up critical data to tapes and schlepping them offsite for safe storage wasn't exactly a smart plan.
  • Online Taxes: Three Ways to Stay Out of Trouble

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:52 pm

    The Internet can simplify doing your taxes -- but can't replace good judgment. Here's a look at your main online tax software choices and key issues to keep in mind, from import gotchas to professional consults.
  • SaaS ERP Has Buzz, But Who Are the Real Players?

    Posted March 11, 2010 - 5:01 pm

    An Aberdeen Group report lists the nine SaaS vendors that offer actual ERP software and services -- not just a bunch of cloudy marketing hype.
  • Cloud vs. in-house: Where to run that data center app?

    Posted March 1, 2010 - 2:18 pm

    One of the biggest decisions IT managers have to make is how and where to run data center applications. Fortunately, there are multiple choices that lower costs and increase business agility, including server virtualization, internal clouds, public clouds and external private clouds.
  • Cloud, Virtualization: Wasting IT Resources

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 2:11 pm

    Major virtual computing vendors underestimate the simplicity and efficiency end users need from cloud and virtual services. Some companies are adopting products from relatively obscure third-party companies in order to keep resources from being wasted and keep costs down.
  • Tap the wisdom of employees -- and boost the bottom line

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 12:11 pm

    When it comes to solving pressing business problems, the conventional wisdom is that two heads are better than one. With the advent of collective-intelligence tools, enterprises are realizing that thousands of heads are even better still.
  • Cloud servers help hospital with digital records

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 1:50 pm

    With a cloud infrastructure, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's electronic health records and practice management system makes it easier to ship medical records from one office to another.
  • Cloud computing tutorial

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 4:11 pm

    Cloud computing is making its way into businesses everywhere. But if you still don't know your public cloud from your SaaS, don't worry. This essential cloud computing guide will help you sort it all out.
  • Private Cloud Deployments: Top 8 Planning Requirements

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 3:29 pm

    A private cloud arrangement can help your IT staff reinvent how they think about management. Consider these eight key requirements for a successful private cloud deployment, says CA's Stephen Elliot.
  • CIOs Clamor for Usage-Based Pricing

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 5:41 pm

    Enterprise software vendors that don't change their licensing schemes risk losing customers to software-as-a-service alternatives, IDC says.
  • SaaS BI will be big in 2010

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 7:40 am

    Mounting evidence suggests that in 2010, the hottest segment in BI (business intelligence) software will revolve around offerings delivered from the cloud, thanks to increased product sophistication, strained IT budgets and other factors.
  • Cloud, Virtualization Gurus: What Title Is Right?

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    What do you call cloud computing and virtualization experts? Job titles for IT people with these hot skill sets remain in flux, making it harder for specialists and employers to hook up, recruiters say.
  • Google's Chrome OS: Tomorrow's Desktop Today?

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 2:16 pm

    Is Chrome OS worth bothering with now? If you're an end-user, the answer isn't just no, it's "Heck no!" But, it offers a glimpse into a future where 90% of your computing is done on a nearly always connected netbook.
  • Software developers gladly hop on the cloud bandwagon

    Posted January 19, 2010 - 7:40 am

    Where cloud delivery makes sense, developers find they need to make few significant adjustments in app dev methods
  • Cloud Software Vendors See Stocks Hit Stratosphere

    Posted January 12, 2010 - 11:40 am

    SaaS companies have ridden the cloud applications trend to huge stock gains since December 2008. Who's in the most money?
  • New Year's Resolutions at Work: Broken All-Too-Soon

    Posted January 8, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    Already behind on your New Year's resolutions with regards to work: Haven't asked for that raise yet? Still reading Maxim, not The Economist? We completely understand.
  • 2010 tech forecasts: What the accurate analysts predict

    Posted January 5, 2010 - 7:40 am

    New-year predictions are often iffy, but these firms were pretty accurate in their 2009 calls. Will they be right again?
  • Forecast 2010: Cloud computing: Love it or hate it?

    Posted December 29, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    It seems that IT leaders are warming up to cloud computing, with its promise of elasticity, utility-based billing, multiple storage locations, and the ability to pull data directly from storage devices. In fact, cloud computing ranked second (behind virtualization) as the technology most beta-tested in 2009, according to Computerworld's 2010 Forecast survey of more than 300 IT executives.
  • Has Microsoft redeemed itself?

    Posted December 24, 2009 - 7:40 am

    Windows 7, the 2010 server series, and more have helped repair Microsoft’s reputation
  • Software development's winners and losers, 2009 edition

    Posted December 23, 2009 - 7:40 am

    The year that loved smartphones, scripting languages, the cloud, and open source was not always kind to developers
  • Five big questions about cloud computing

    Posted December 22, 2009 - 7:40 am

    A lot of people scratched their heads over cloud computing this year. Here are the answers to the most persistent questions
  • Legacy Apps in the Cloud: Six Details Worth Sweating

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    Forget the big-picture cloud worries. Small details could wreak havoc in the cloud for companies porting legacy apps, analysts say.
  • A tour of Google's business apps

    Posted December 7, 2009 - 11:33 pm

    Google wants your business to run on its cloud; here's what it promises to do for you
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