Cloud Computing: Gartner Crowns Salesforce Top CRM Provider

Grazed from CIO-Today. Author: Jeff Cozza.

CRM Relevant Products/Services giant Salesforce was named the top CRM company in 2014 by total revenue, according to research and advisory company Gartner Relevant Products/Services Inc. Salesforce led the pack with more than $4.2 billion in sales last year, according to Gartner's report on worldwide CRM market share, titled “Market Share Analysis: Customer Relationship Management Software, Worldwide, 2014.”

In addition to taking the top spot in total revenues for the third year in a row, Gartner also named Salesforce number one in both revenue and market share growth. Salesforce also gained the most market share in the worldwide marketing software Relevant Products/Services category based on 2014 total software spend...

10 Cloud Apps, Storage Services to Help Enterprises Cut IT Overhead

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Don Reisinger.

Today, enterprises can offload a wide range of computing services and applications from internal servers and data centers to the cloud. In fact, it is entirely feasible and possibly even cost-effective for a large enterprise to run all of its computing resources in the cloud. So it is no surprise that companies are taking a close look at what internal computing services it can offload to a cloud platform.

These services range from Web storage to full business productivity suites that include email, word processing, presentations, online meetings and sales management applications. Companies can buy as much data processing capacity as they could possibly need, whether it is for a single big project that requires a lot of data processing muscle or to run all the applications for an entire enterprise...


Grazed from LightEdge Solutions

LightEdge Solutions announced today that it has joined the Citrix Service Provider program to offer customers LightEdge Workplace Cloud, a hosted offering that allows for a seamless user experience with anytime, anywhere secure access to business applications and vital information. LightEdge Workplace Cloud empowers businesses and their mobile employees to successfully be productive with full secure access to their traditional in-house resources from any device and any location. The Workplace Cloud is built on the industry leading Citrix solutions of Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop and Citrix XenMobile and located locally in LightEdge’s Midwest data centers in order to deliver a high quality user experience. XenMobile offers high-demand features like Mobile Device Management (MDM) and ShareFile, the easiest way to securely deliver and share documents.

LightEdge’s Workplace Cloud allows our customers to extend the reach of not only their legacy applications, but also traditional Windows applications and data to next generation end user devices and prolongs the lifespan of aging equipment. Customer’s applications—Windows, legacy, client-server—can now be made available through customer app store portals just like next generation cloud and SaaS architectures.

Cloud Computing: Oracle To Dethrone SaaS Leader Salesforce By Year's End

Grazed from PYMNTS.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Oracle’s cloud services may account for just 5 percent of its revenue today, but the company plans to be the world’s largest cloud service provider by the end of the year. In an interview with India’s Business Today, Oracle Senior Vice President Shawn Price told reporters that the company will aim to surpass current cloud computing leader Salesforce by the end of 2015, with a goal of $2.5 billion in revenue.

Price’s hiring at Oracle came just six months ago, when he worked at B2B software giant SAP. His experience, the executive said, will allow Oracle to view cloud services from a different angle from what has been the norm up until now...

SaaS emerges as a clear winner in cloud computing services market

Grazed from WhaTech. Author: Editorial Staff.

In a relatively short span of years, the concept of cloud computing services received high attention as an integral part of an enterprise’s IT strategy. The global cloud computing services market was once valued at US$79.60 billion in 2011 and was further projected to grow at a CAGR of 23.21% to reach a market value of US$148.9 billion by 2014.

These services have revolutionized and introduced new ways of how IT delivers services and how the customers access applications, information, and business services. A cloud computing service is the most popular buzz in the internet market today. Known to deliver hosted services through internet, the concept is still considered as naïve – but is so far generating tremendous interest and growing business among several users in the world...

SaaS Companies Must Adapt to Capitalize on the Cloud

Grazed from Huffington Post. Author: Jeff Fernandez.

The rise of cloud computing is arguably the most consequential tech development of the past decade. Businesses now find it cheaper and easier than ever to access scalable, agile processing power and storage, and end users enjoy unprecedented platform flexibility. Software is more responsive, more social, and crucially, more portable than ever.

Meanwhile, developers are gaining new access to high-performance processing just as the diversity of digital consumer devices is about to explode. CES 2015 saw the debut of smart objects that we've never seen connected before, including "rings, pendants, jackets, handbags and so on." All of these devices that are part of the so-called Internet of Things, as well as devices like smartphones and tablets, will run cloud-based applications...

Forget about IaaS, PaaS and SaaS - it's all about the platform

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

The cloud computing market is typically broken into three buckets: IaaS, SaaS and PaaS. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) represents on-demand compute and storage; Software as a Service (SaaS) vendors host applications in the cloud; and Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a cloud-based application development platform.

But a recent Forrester’s Wave report throws those buckets out the window. “The popular wisdom that cloud computing comes in three flavors — SaaS, IaaS and PaaS — no longer describes reality,” say some of Forrester’s top cloud analysts, including John Rymer and James Staten (Staten now works at Microsoft)...

Cloud Computing: Self-Service BI is a major problem

Grazed from BusinessCloud. Author: Ian Murphy.

One of the key benefits of Software as a Service (SaaS), cloud, containers and even application virtualisation is the ability to create a self-service approach for users and customers. According to a survey by Matillion that took 12 months, covered 150 countries, 18 business sectors and involved responses from 10,000 senior decision makers, the promise of self-service for Business Intelligence (BI) is more myth than substance.

The survey, which can be found here (registration required), focused on one single question: "What is your biggest challenge around management" and respondents were given seven options to choose from.

  • Freeing up IT resource from reporting/analytics
  • Replacing a BI system
  • Delivering mobile BI
  • Reducing the cost of producing reports
  • Unlocking data buried in systems
  • Reporting/analysing across multiple systems
  • Delivering self-service reporting/analysis...

HP launches new SaaS solution for government mobile apps

Grazed from FutureGov.  Author: Editorial Staff.

As the mobile channel becomes an increasingly important access point for government services, HP has launched a new Software-as-a-Service solution to improve the way government agencies monitor their mobile apps.

HP AppPulse Active monitors the performance of both native apps and browser-based apps, allowing IT departments to see service levels in real time - rather than when it is too late and a fault has already occurred...

Trends in Cloud Computing: The Rise of SaaS and PaaS

Grazed from Oracle.  Author: Debra Lilley.

Cloud has proven to be the adoption platform of choice for Oracle Applications customers. Companies can still implement them on-premises, but CIOs really need to think hard as to why they wouldn’t choose cloud, as the benefits are so compelling.    Here are some trends I’m seeing in relation to Oracle Cloud Applications:

Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud has been really popular, and that will continue. The simplified user interface of Oracle HCM Cloud means that users get to their information easily. Managers can take the formality out of managing talent—for instance, using a tablet to record appraisal comments whilst sitting next to an employee during a performance review rather than going back to their PC to enter them afterwards or even worse sitting behind a PC during the review...