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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.
  • Inside Amazon's Cloud: Just How Many Customer Projects?

    Posted September 29, 2009 - 2:25 pm

    New analysis of how much work companies are doing in the cloud via Amazon Web Services proves that cloud is already viable for much more than startup needs or "toy" applications.
  • Google Docs Adds Student-Friendly Features

    Posted September 29, 2009 - 2:09 pm

    Google Docs is trying to win the hearts and minds of college students. Over the summer, Google hired student interns to figure out what features Google Docs was lacking that would encourage more students to use the productivity suite. Here's what Google's adding to attract a younger crowd.
  • Defining Cloud Security: Six Perspectives

    Posted September 29, 2009 - 12:32 pm

    Cloud computing is all the rage these days, but confusion abounds over how best to secure it. Here, six IT security practitioners share their ideas on the key components of a cloud defense.
  • Hands-on: Microsoft's Office Web Apps

    Posted September 28, 2009 - 1:34 pm

    The just-released Technical Preview of Office Web Apps is a still-incomplete piece of work that points the way towards Microsoft's vision of integrating Web-based and client-based versions of Microsoft Office.
  • IT not convinced about cloud computing's green credentials

    Posted September 28, 2009 - 11:21 am

    IT bosses are not yet convinced over the green benefits from cloud computing, after Rackspace Hosting's third annual 'Green Survey' found that cost savings and consolidation are driving the green IT agenda at the moment.
  • Microsoft Exchange insider tips: Cut help desk headaches with MailTips

    Posted September 28, 2009 - 8:53 am

    Michael Atalla, Microsoft's Group Product Manager for Exchange, offers up some insider tips for Exchange, including how to use the MailTips scripting to answer support calls before they happen.
  • SAP offers 'free' CRM for ERP buyers

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    SAP said this week that midsize companies that purchase the Business All-in-One suite or SAP ERP will also receive its CRM (customer relationship management) application.
  • Evaluating Cloud Services: Five Tips

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 4:35 pm

    Forrester's Paul Roehrig has some advice for IT leaders investigating cloud service providers. Here's his take on how to get started on separating the marketing noise from the must-haves.
  • Is Criticism Of Google's Outages Unfair?

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 1:39 pm

    Give Google a break: Statistics show its reliability to actually be very good. It's the media that makes a big deal of Gmail and Gnews outages, not users.
  • Take two: Nominum tries hosted DNS

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 10:44 pm

    Nominum is hoping that the second time is the charm in the outsourced DNS market, as the maker of high-end DNS software announces a hosted service.
  • Back Up Data From Multiple PCs Online With KeepVault

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 8:55 pm

    KeepVault from Proxure is a largely easy-to-install and easy-to--configure service that backs up your data both online and to a local destination. You may have noticed that I said "data" and not "PC." That's because, unlike services such as Mozy and Fabrik, KeepVault (various plans, 15-day free trial) allows you to back up data from multiple PCs.
  • Google set to take on collaboration giants

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 8:28 pm

    Google's new API can, among other things, move files from Microsoft SharePoint and Lotus Notes to Google Sites collaborative content development tool.
  • NetSuite, merchant in eBay-related legal row

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 5:41 pm

    A company that buys and resells valuables is suing on-demand ERP (enterprise resource planning) vendor NetSuite for breach of contract, saying the software package it paid for isn't working as expected, and is inhibiting its ability to sell items on eBay.
  • Gmail back up after outage

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 4:58 pm

    Google Inc.'s Gmail service was back up after experiencing disruptions for about two-and-a-half hours earlier today.
  • Cloud security through control vs.ownership

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 9:33 am

    Cloud computing makes auditors cringe. It's something we hear consistently from enterprise customers: it was hard enough to make virtualization "palatable" to auditors; cloud is going to be even harder.
  • DEMO: Enroute wants to be Salesforce.com of postage

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 9:15 am

    Enroute Systems launched a software-as-a-service application that its CEO claims will save companies as much as 30% off their shipping bills while getting their packages delivered just as fast.
  • NetSuite adds ERP support for iPhone

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 9:10 am

    NetSuite on Wednesday plans to unveil a new native application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that lets users of its on-demand ERP (enterprise resource planning) suite tap a number of key capabilities while on the go.
  • OnLive video game service: “In a lot of ways, we’ve solved cloud computing”

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 9:01 am

    On-demand video game service OnLive puts Gigabit Ethernet, IP multicasting to use in powering its cloud computing offering. Demos service at EmTech@MIT event.
  • Free Screen-Sharing Tool Helps Businesses Collaborate

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 5:28 pm

    A screen-sharing program can help train workers or update clients. They'll see your PC as if looking over your shoulder, even if they're across the office or around the world. But before you splurge on a paid service with unlimited connections, consider free and cheap alternatives. You can save if you only need to share a few times a month, or scale up if you need to buy more functionality.
  • Start-up unveils storage platform for large-scale Web applications

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 5:19 pm

    Storage start-up MaxiScale emerged from stealth mode this week with software designed to efficiently manage the file serving needs of Web applications.
  • Google Docs vs. Microsoft Office: A matter of trust

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 5:03 pm

    For years, Microsoft had no competition when it came to productivity suites. But with more businesses getting used to the idea of their apps and data living in the cloud, that's starting to change.
  • How to Compare VMware and Amazon Cloud Services

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 4:49 pm

    VCloud express is VMware's riposte to Amazon Web Services--a publicly available, get-started-with-a-credit-card, IaaS offering. Here's how the two compare on cost.
  • DEMO: Hashwork bridges gulf between public and corporate Twittering

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 4:20 pm

    A New York City startup, Hashwork, wants its service to bridge the gulf between public and corporate micro-blogging.
  • Top 5 Tips for Mobile Professionals

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 11:42 am

    Seven years ago, this blog you're reading now was an online column offering advice on such things as traveling with a PDA in lieu of a laptop. On that particular topic, I wrote that accessing the Internet on a PDA was like "driving cross-country in a Pinto with a cracked windshield--painfully slow and monumentally irritating." One of the main options for checking e-mail on a handheld, I explained, was to connect the PDA to "a dial-up modem and a landline connection." We've come a long way since then, don't you think?
  • Putting Yahoo Pipes to work

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 11:31 am

    You know how Excel is mostly really good but weirdly weak in a few areas? Here's a fix for one issue: String concatenation. And while we're on the subject of data manipulation, let's take a look at a remarkable Web service, Yahoo Pipes
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