Business Cloud News

Seven things to consider before moving to the cloud

Move your application to the cloud - but consider these seven steps, first

Software-as-a-Service, (SaaS) is now mainstream and cloud adoption for converting capex into opex is nearly universally accepted. As per a Forrester research, every organization with more than 1000 employees uses around 18 SaaS applications. SaaS usage has seen around 40 per cent CAGR growth in last three years. Many ISV CXOs are already considering moving their applications to the cloud and in this article we look at the SaaS enablement process, challenges, and potential solutions.

Salesforce Wear to bring wearables, cloud-based CRM together

Salesforce announced its wearables play Tuesday, which it said would help businesses provide a more tailored, intimate customer experience

Salesforce took the wraps off its wearables play Tuesday with Salesforce Wearables, a software development pack for the Salesforce1 platform that the company said can help connect IP-enabled devices to business processes. Salesforce said the platform will help businesses provide better customer service, improve product tailoring and critically, monetize Internet of Things devices.

Microsoft and Salesforce ink cloud deal

Microsoft and Salesforce have announced integration of their enterprise software services

The move comes as Salesforce continues to shift focus from SaaS to mobile PaaS, and integrate its services with a growing range of enterprise cloud service providers. Earlier this year Salesforce launched a connector that bridges Oracle software with its CRM system; the two inked another deal last year that saw the CRM provider commit to using Oracle Linux as the basis of its cloud service as well as its Exadata system.

Telefónica Brazil deploys TOA for cloud-based field service solution

Vivo, the Brazilian subsidiary of Spanish telco Telefónica deployed TOA Technologies' cloud-based field service management softawre

Vivo, the Brazilian subsidiary of Spanish telco Telefónica said Tuesday that it has deployed TOA Technologies’ cloud-based field service management application, which provides end-to-end service tracking for both employees and contractors.

Security report suggests Google kicking Microsoft’s aaS in cloud apps

Bitglass's cloud migration survey suggests younger, smaller firms are opting for Google Apps over Office 365 in the productivity space

A report published this week by cloud security solutions vendor Bitglass, which sampled 81,253 companies globally, suggests Google apps have grown more popular than Office 365 in enterprises, and run neck-and-neck with Microsoft technologies even among larger, older businesses.

Birst shakes up leadership to expand cloud analytics platform

Brad Peters (left) and Jay Larson (right)

Cloud-based business intelligence and analytics provider Birst announced Wednesday that it has appointed Jay Larson to the role of chief executive officer. He will replace co-founder Brad Peters, who will take on the role of chairman and chief product officer at the company.

Velocity acquires Titan Technology Partners in cloud ERP play

Velocity acquired Titan Technology Partners to strengthen its grip on the hosted ERP market

Application hosting firm Velocity announced Wednesday that the company has entered into an agreement to acquire Titan Technology Partners, which offers a range of SaaS-delivered human capital management (HCM), enterprise performance management (EPM) and enterprise resource management (ERP) platforms.

AWS, Salesforce, IBM leading cloud, research firm says

research published Wednesday by Synergy sheds light on the leaders and laggards in cloud in terms of market share as of Q4 2013, with Amazon, Salesforce and IBM coming out on top

On the heels of Google’s aggressive cloud services price cuts, research published Wednesday by Synergy sheds light on the leaders and laggards in cloud in the fourth quarter 2013, with Amazon, Salesforce and IBM coming out on top in the SaaS, IaaS and PaaS segments.

Microsoft adds machine learning, big data capabilities to Office suite

Office Graph is intended to connect users working on relevant projects, using machine learning algorythms and ingesting vast quantities of data

Redmond-based software giant Microsoft bolstered big data, machine learning and mobile capabilities in its flagship productivity offerings at the annual Sharepoint conference this week. Microsoft’s message is clear: contextual awareness, integration and collaboration, rather than the traditional siloed model of working, is the productivity style of tomorrow’s workplace.

NetSuite partners with Dell, Deloitte to improve targeting of verticals

NetSuite has expanded partnerships with Dell and Deloitte in a bid to deepen its hold on niche industry verticals

NetSuite announced partnerships this week with Dell Services and consulting firm Deloitte that will see the SaaS ERP provider double down on targeting both the mid-market and large enterprise. NetSuite chief executive officer Zach Nelson said the partnerships will help deepen the company’s reach into niche industry verticals, where robust cloud-based business management solutions are few and far between.