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Although SaaS development platforms like SalesForce and Coghead have gotten a lot of attention, this market has so far been remarkably closed and proprietary. The Platform as a Service leader, SalesForce, has both a draconian hosting policy (host your apps and data anywhere, as long as...
SaaS poster child Salesforce.com did $247.6 million in revenues, up 52%, returning $9.6 million, or eight cents a share, up sevenfold, in the quarter ended April 30. It said it generated more than a quarter billion dollars of operating cash in the last 12 months and preened that it was...
Absolute Performance announced it is expanding the partnership with virtualization and hosting automation company Parallels to better enable managed services and hosting providers to achieve a strategic foothold in the expanding SaaS and On Demand marketplace. The announcement centers ...
Dell is going to try to cut the energy consumption of its laptops and desktops by up to 25% between now and 2010 to avoid millions of tons of CO2 emissions, comparing its pledge to HP's, which is supposed to cut relative its 2005 levels. It says Dell OptiPlex desktop are down nearly 50...
Small business owners looking for an affordable alternative to the Microsoft Exchange e-mail platform can look forward to a hosted, cost-effective and feature-rich e-mail and collaboration service, from Network Solutions and Open-Xchange. Open-Xchange and Network Solutions have partner...
Bluewolf announced the availability of new insurance and banking industry Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions built on the Force.com platform. Bluewolf has implemented and developed more than 1,000 SaaS solutions for organizations worldwide, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, Fir...
The Ubuntu Linux-based gOS operating system from Good OS LLC (www.thinkgos.com) includes so many Google applications like Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google News Google Maps and YouTube that it's often referred to as the Google operating system. It also includes Firefox, Skype...
Locus has been selected by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners to perform environmental site assessment, soil and groundwater investigation and cleanup, environmental compliance assessment and environmental information management services for The Port of Los Angeles. The agre...
Trubiquity (formerly Autoweb) has launched its new software-as-a-service (SaaS) architecture. Trubiquity's new software architecture, named TRUcore, improves communications among global business teams, from an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) level down through a company's global ...
Epicor announced Boot Barn has selected the Epicor Retail Software as a Service (SaaS) solution to streamline its retail operations and support its long-term growth plans. Boot Barn was one of four Retail SaaS deals Epicor signed during the first quarter of 2008. To support its current...
SAP has run into a nasty little rollout problem with its new on-demand Business ByDesign widgetry, the stuff that's critical to its future growth and competes with, oh, say, Salesforce.com, NetSuite and Microsoft. Seems ByDesign isn't properly automated and so SAP's grand plan to get 1...
Parallels announced that Solar Virtualization Technologies Group (VTG), a Platinum partner in the Parallels Service Provider Partner Program, is using Parallels technologies to launch new software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for small and medium businesses (SMBs). Parallels Automatio...
EquaTerra announced that its Governance WorkPlace tool, which automates the management of multiple service providers and enables informed decision-making in support of back-office processes in both shared services and outsourced environments, is now available as a hosted, Software as a...
HCL Technologies announced the launch of its new SaaS Service Delivery Platform (SDP) AGORA. Service disruption and Web 2.0 have resulted in a sudden outburst of participation by the user and developer communities. This, along with increasing collaboration between independent service p...
Sun Microsystems announced Solaris On Demand, its software as a service (SaaS) program for the independent software vendor (ISV) community. This program provides ISVs with the technology, hosted infrastructure and services needed to offer their software as a service. It is targeted at ...
BT is going to distribute and support both SugarCRM, the commercial open source CRM people, and its rival NetSuite, Larry Ellison's other company. Both companies are competing against salesforce.com, the brainchild of former Ellison lieutenant Marc Benioff, with on-demand CRM applicati...
Zoho announced it has partnered with Baihui to re-brand and distribute Zoho's online collaborative productivity and business applications to users in China. Baihui's parent company, PC Stars, is one of the largest software online distributors in China with more than 2,400 software rese...
The way business applications are evolving, enterprises are learning to accept and embrace the notion of applications that they neither control nor host. Now enterprises are leveraging applications that run a business through the Internet platform. As these applications become core to ...
AXIGEN and Parallels announced the launch of a strategic technological partnership, in which the companies will offer an integrated AXIGEN Mail Server and Parallels Virtuozzo Containers solution for Service Providers offering virtualized hosting environments. The new AXIGEN-Parallels V...
The mouse was the original idea of Doug Engelbart who was the head of the Augmentation Research Center (ARC) at Stanford Research Institute. Engelbart's philosophy is best embodied, in my opinion, in the design of another device that he invented, the five-finger keyboard - with keys li...
Gemalto and Alternative Technology are allowing small and medium enterprises to achieve the high levels of security in network access and identity management. Alternative Technology will now be offering Gemalto's new on-demand Device Administration Service (DAS) through its network of ...
Morph Labs announced the availability of a virtual application infrastructure subscription. The service will allow independent software vendors (ISVs) and entrepreneurs to simplify the deployment, delivery, and management of Software as a Service (SaaS) applications while reducing upfr...
Service providers that use Parallels Automation software can now easily deliver real-time spam and virus filtering, attack blocking, and e-mail traffic monitoring using a Google Apps security and compliance package. Parallels Automation is integrated with the Google Message Filtering e...
What does Software as a Service (SaaS) have to do with open source? Not much, you might think. SaaS, as you probably know, is a delivery - and business - model for software that has been proving quite disruptive to the traditional software business - just as the open source model has b...
Akamai announced a global increase in the amount of end-user geographies it is serving on behalf of its SaaS clientele. Akamai-accelerated SaaS transactions have grown ten-fold over the past two years, delivering optimized performance and availability of its customers' SaaS offerings t...
Parallels announced it is offering service providers an Application Packaging Standard (APS) Certification Service, which is administered by the independent firm Tier 1 Research. The certification recognizes SaaS (software as a service) application providers with either an APS Gold or ...
Parallels announced that Swyx Solutions has selected Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.0 to deliver a cost-efficient and scalable hosted PBX application via a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. Using Parallels software, Swyx delivered 'Hosted SwyxWare,' a hosted solution based on its '...
Microsoft, if nothing else, has become a problem for Yahoo's $350 million Zimbra acquisition and Google's rudimentary Sites contribution to the advance of software-as-a-service announced last week by throwing open the more sophisticated Exchange Online and SharePoint Online to any busi...
CMS Watch released research finding that Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) web content management vendors are on the rise in North America. This conclusion stems from the most recent release of The Web CMS Report 2008, in which CMS Watch interviews web content management customers around th...
Microsoft, if nothing else, became a problem today for Yahoo's $350 million Zimbra acquisition and Google's rudimentary Sites contribution to the advance of software-as-a-service announced last week by throwing open the more sophisticated Exchange Online and SharePoint Online to any bu...
OpSource announced that AVOLENT has selected OpSource On-Demand to deliver its new software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings. As a provider of enterprise software, AVOLENT was able to accelerate its transition to SaaS with OpSource, enabling B2B and B2C companies of any size to begin movi...
OpSource and Boomi announced that the companies have expanded their partnership to include an OEM agreement whereby OpSource will embed Boomi On Demand within its software-as-a-service (SaaS) application delivery system. Boomi On Demand will be built directly into Opsource Connect, the...
For years, the telecom industry has been aggressively expanding into IT services to offset declining revenue from traditional voice and data services. Today telecom's infrastructure-focused IT services such as computer hosting are already commoditized. Telecom companies are trying to f...
The advent of SOA and standard-base Web services together with Internet based delivery models has provided the essential base for facilitating new software platform innovations. One of these innovations is a breakthrough software componentization technique that we have coined Service O...
and Service Division that will include the four-year-old start-up EMC just agreed to buy off of him. EMC is paying cash for the Seattle-based Pi Corporation and its 100 engineers. EMC didn?t say how much but Pi was founded using Warburg-Pincus ($$$) money and EMC says the acquisition w...
Microsoft today attempted to exorcize the interoperability bogeymen that have haunted it since it was first discovered to be using secret APIs 20 years ago, bogeymen that now quote European antitrust law at it and carry writs from the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg. To avoid fur...
Service providers that use Parallels virtualization and automation software now have access to more than 100 applications certified according to the Application Packaging Standard (APS). End-user customers will benefit from a greater variety of software-as- a-service (SaaS) solutions, ...
Symantec announced it is delivering on its vision of easy-to-use, software as a service offerings for small and mid-sized businesses with the general availability of two Symantec Protection Network services. Symantec Online Backup provides customers with secure, reliable, online backup...
SAVVIS announced a multi-million dollar agreement with Vovici Corporation, the leading provider of Enterprise Feedback Management (EFM). Under terms of the three year agreement, Vovici will relocate and consolidate their U.S. based IT infrastructure into a single SAVVIS data center loc...
Boomi announced that MDS Pharma Services has implemented Boomi On DemandSM to integrate its Salesforce CRM application with its legacy on-premise Oracle applications. Boomi's revolutionary software-as-a-service (SaaS) integration application allows MDS Pharma Services to achieve operat...


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