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  • The Dollars and Sense of SaaS

    Posted March 17, 2009 - 10:43 am

    With SaaS gaining in popularity and acceptance, many business leaders are re-thinking their business delivery models. In this segment, use a customer's perspective to uncover the shortfalls of a product-based methodology.
  • 16 ways IT can do less with less

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 3:55 pm

    Put the days of doing more with less behind you by cutting back on the overhead of IT. Now's the time to cut back on over-allocated services, curtail unnecessary capital expenditures, and clean house of legacy apps and orphaned software.
  • Ex-Google, Yahoo staffers release Hadoop distribution

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 12:29 pm

    A startup called Cloudera on Monday publicly released its distribution of the open-source Hadoop distributed computing framework, hoping to sell enterprise users on the system employed by Google, Yahoo and others to process large data sets.
  • Capex vs Opex: Most Miss Point About Cloud Economics

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 11:16 am

    You don't have to spend much time around cloud computing before you run into arguments regarding cloud economics and you will undoubtedly encounter the phrase "Capex vs. Opex." The next go-round of the argument then devolves into a tussle about which alternative is cheaper.
  • The Next Wave of SaaS

    Posted March 15, 2009 - 8:06 pm

    With thousands of companies using the same solution every day, SaaS companies are using their data and best practices to develop new applications and intelligence solutions that would be impossible to deliver in a typical software or managed service environment.
  • Microsoft restores service after Hotmail outage

    Posted March 12, 2009 - 8:34 pm

    Microsoft on Thursday scrambled to fix a global outage that hit its Windows Live Hotmail service for several hours.
  • Amazon Web Services adds option to reserve cloud capacity

    Posted March 12, 2009 - 2:33 pm

    Amazon Web Services has started giving customers the ability to reserve capacity in advance on its Elastic Compute Cloud infrastructure.
  • Best security questions to ask about SaaS

    Posted March 12, 2009 - 2:17 pm

    Nine security questions any business should ask before making the move to SaaS.
  • Microsoft promises update on expansion of CRM Online

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 8:27 pm

    Later this year, Microsoft will reveal more about its plans for expanding Dynamics CRM Online to countries outside the U.S. and Canada, a company executive said Wednesday at the Convergence conference in New Orleans.
  • Perimeter Security for SaaS

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 7:07 pm

    Taking advantage of SaaS is a sound business solution to the perimeter security problem. A comprehensive SaaS provider is able to deliver best-of-breed solutions for more than just your applications.
  • Open source ERP on Amazon EC2

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 1:36 pm

    Compiere stepped into the cloud by making its open source ERP wares available on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).
  • On-demand ERP draws mixed reaction

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 1:32 pm

    Microsoft still has no plans to roll out on-demand ERP (enterprise resource planning) software, an executive said Tuesday.
  • Google Docs flaw shares private files

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 9:52 am

    Google has revealed that the files of some Google Docs users have been shared with unauthorized users.
  • Demand for online backup services will grow, EMC chief says

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 9:13 am

    EMC sees plenty of room for its Mozy online backup and recovery service to grow, despite the downturn.
  • MS to move cloud SQL Server from Web APIs to relational one

    Posted March 10, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Microsoft's upcoming hosted database service will switch from standard Web programming interfaces to the same relational one used by its on-premise counterpart.
  • Gmail down; outage could last 36 hours for some people

    Posted March 10, 2009 - 5:03 pm

    Google's Gmail e-mail service is down for an undetermined number of users, and while the outage has been partially fixed, some people could be locked out of their accounts for many more hours.
  • A SaaS app that's free unless it delivers value

    Posted March 10, 2009 - 11:26 am

    eGain's new 'solution-as-a-service' flips the application purchasing paradigm: The vendor must demonstrate what benefits it brings to the customer.
  • Intuit to bring Online Payroll to Mac users

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 2:37 pm

    Intuit has announced plans to offer its Online Payroll service to Mac users of QuickBooks, enabling small business owners using Macs to manage their payrolls without having to rely on outside software.
  • Oracle offers sourcing software as a service

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 11:47 am

    Oracle on Monday took a step in the direction of on-demand ERP with the announcement of Oracle Sourcing On Demand, a SaaS module for handling the purchase of supplies and services.
  • AppZero moves workloads from private data centers to cloud

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 10:46 am

    The merging of private data centers with public compute clouds is a widely discussed goal in the IT industry today. An application virtualization company called AppZero is bringing it closer to reality with a new set of tools designed to move server-based applications from the private data center to services such as Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud in seconds.
  • Zoho releases Writer 2.0 with new tab-based UI

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 10:44 am

    Zoho has given its Web-based word-processing application a makeover with a new version that features a tab-based user interface designed to help make users more productive, the company said.
  • Microsoft: Enterprises will self-host Windows Azure someday

    Posted March 6, 2009 - 3:34 pm

    Future versions of Windows Server will enable companies to efficiently manage and provide virtualized applications through the Web just like Microsoft Corp.'s upcoming platform-as-a-service, Windows Azure, a company executive said this week.
  • Corporate SaaS considerations myriad, complex

    Posted March 6, 2009 - 1:28 pm

    Amid the growing popularity of software-as-a-service, IT managers are faced with a sometimes monumental task of developing big-picture strategies and policies to govern service-based applications as well as defining performance metrics and support.
  • The cloud and the public sector - water and oil?

    Posted March 5, 2009 - 10:32 am

    Public sector CIOs should look to the leading cloud computing providers for insights into architecting the next generation of government IT infrastructure as an agile whole-of-government utility – rather than creating outdated, inflexible shared services and outsourcing arrangements.

    The emerging logic of cloud computing

  • NetSuite tries to lure Sage customers

    Posted March 4, 2009 - 9:54 pm

    On-demand ERP vendor NetSuite is offering Sage Software customers at least 50 percent off their NetSuite fees for the first year if they switch away from its rival's products, NetSuite said on Wednesday.
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