Cloud users speak out about day-to-day SaaS frustrations

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Caroline Donnelly.

The day-to-day frustrations of cloud users have been laid bare in a new survey, which suggests high levels of discontent exist among adopters of off-premise tools and technologies. Cloud services firm StratoGen conducted a survey featuring responses from 1,000 UK senior business decision makers.

The survey found nearly three quarters of cloud adopters (73.84%) experienced frustrations on a day-to-day basis while using off-premise apps. The biggest frustration – cited by 21.41% of respondents – was the cost of hosting applications in the cloud, followed by availability issues, which was flagged by 16.95%.  Meanwhile, 16.45% flagged the lack of IT support as their biggest bugbear when using cloud...

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Lotus Innovations Sees Sustainable Profits in Cloud-Based Paradigm Shift for Smart SaaS Investors

Grazed from ITBusinessNet.  Author: PR Announcement., the fast-growing private equity investment firm focused on transforming Enterprise IT Services companies into SaaS-based companies, commented today on their recently completed multi-sourced analysis on why Cloud-based technologies are smarter solutions for Enterprise companies and savvy investments for the future. Based on Lotus Innovations' multi-sourced analysis, market projections demonstrate the strength of SaaS-based companies for faster growth multiples over traditional IT spending. The full report from Lotus Innovations will be made available to key investors and partners.

For forward-focused enterprise companies and investors, Cloud computing is the most important technology advancement since broadband capacity and data compression made the Internet an essential part of business operations, said Christian Mack, Managing Partner of Lotus Innovations, LLC. Our analysis shows that SaaS-based technologies allow enterprise companies to meet immediate implementation goals at lower out-of-pocket costs while Saas-based Solutions Providers benefit from longer-term annuity stream income...

Euro SaaS Startups Would Be Idiots Not To Know Notion Capital After $150M Fund Raise

Grazed from TechCrunch. Author: Mike Butcher.

The scale of the opportunity in Cloud computing and SaaS was underlined today with the news that Notion Capital has closed its third fund with a first round of $120m, with a final close of $150m expected. Funds under management will therefore be over $300m. Partners and brothers Ben and Jos White formed Notion in 2008 after selling MessageLabs to Symantec for $700m, one of Europe’s largest B2B SaaS exits. But what is key to note here is the scale of opportunity for European enterprise startups.

For starters, the news makes Notion the biggest dedicated B2B SaaS fund in Europe with 33 investments including Tradeshift, NewVoiceMedia, CurrencyCloud, DueDil, AdBrain and Trustev. It’s already had European exits such as Shutl, to Ebay and Star, to Claranet. Its portfolio also includes many of hottest SaaS companies in Europe right now, including Adbrain, Brightpearl, Currency Cloud, Duedil, IOCS and MOVE Guides...

Microsoft Partner Bolsters Cloud With Acquisition

Grazed from PYMNTS. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft has been on a quest to bolster its enterprise solutions, with CEO Satya Nadella declaring the dawn of SaaS – a sign that Microsoft is now turning to the cloud to provide companies with the technology they need to better manage money and operations. The technology giant’s partners appear to be responding to Nadella’s declaration.

Reports published late last week said Microsoft cloud computing partner Champion Solutions, which works closely with Microsoft for small business cloud services, is looking to strengthen its SaaS offerings through a strategic acquisition. Reports said Champion Solutions will acquire cloud and mobile technology service provider allAware, a deal that will boost Champion Solutions’ existing Microsoft Business Unit, MessageOps...

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...


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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...