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More than just a low sticker price: Three key factors for a successful SaaS deployment

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In its infancy, business benefits of the cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model were simple: save on expensive infrastructure, while remaining agile enough to scale up or down depending on demand. Yet as cloud-based tools become ubiquitous, both inside and outside of a workplace, measuring success extended beyond simple infrastructure savings.

Microsoft grows in SaaS market but Salesforce still leads the way

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New findings from Synergy Research Group highlight Microsoft is growing healthily in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market segment, but Salesforce is still market leader.

Skyhigh, Check Point claim cloud security simplification

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Cloud access security broker Skyhigh Networks and security vendor Check Point claim they’ve jointly made security, compliance and governance policies for cloud services a lot easier to manage.

BT Cloud Connect to give customer direct link to Salesforce

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Telco BT is to give its corporate customers the option of a hotline to Salesforce’s cloud service through its BT Cloud Connect service.

AWS launches Workmail with eye on Exchange defectors

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has put its Workmail email and calendaring service on general release. Priced at $4 a month it includes an Exchange migration tool to encourage defections by Microsoft customers.

Microsoft maps out 2016 BizTalk Server, Azure Stack and cloud integration plans

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Microsoft has unveiled its plans to integrate its cast of cloud services and servers in the coming year.

Salesforce buys SteelBrick from California and wind power from Virginia

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Cloud giant Salesforce.com has announced two new acquisitions, one intended to boost its bottom line and the other to shrink its carbon footprint.

AWS opens up EC2 Container Registry to all

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Cloud giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) has opened its technology for storing and managing application container images up to public consumption.

Royal Mail bags couriering SaaS specialist NetDespatch

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The UK’s Royal Mail has bought cloud-based parcel management system NetDespatch in a bid to expand its range of services and global reach.

Oracle cloud sales boom but at what price?

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Oracle’s latest quarterly results show a 34% surge in sales of cloud based software and platform services (SaaS and PaaS).

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