SaaS

SAP software-as-a-service tool allows businesses to measure CO2 impact

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

SAP has upgraded a software-as-a-service application that lets businesses measure their greenhouse gas emissions in a simple manner.

Its Carbon Impact OnDemand 5.0 can now be used in more than 50 countries, while its new features include the ability to obtain carbon emission and energy use data from business application software suites and building management systems.

The software-as-a-service tool also includes modelling functions which allow environmental managers to predict the impact of their plans to cut carbon output.

Sage Beefs Up Services in Sage Act! 2011

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Lauren McKay.

Sage has taken a different path than most vendors for software-as-a-service and cloud computing. In keeping with the times, the vendor has chosen to infuse its installed contact management product, Sage Act! (formerly known as Act! by Sage), with Web services.

Software-as-a-service solutions 'useful for call centres'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

Software-as-a-service solutions can be useful in helping the work of call centres.

According to TMC Net writer Tracey Schelmetic, the use of the technology can allow businesses working in this industry to improve their flexibility while lowering costs.

"Call centres using software-as-a-service-delivered solutions can 'virtualise' the applications, structuring their call centre entity in the best configuration possible for high quality and controlled costs," she stated.

VMworld Met Expectations, But Is That Enough?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Salesforce.com's Jigsaw acquisition 'will improve data quality'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author:  Neil Hill.

Salesforce.com has said data quality improvements will result from its purchase of Jigsaw.

Jigsaw for Salesforce CRM takes crowd-sourced information from Jigsaw and applies it to Salesforce.com applications such as Chatter.

This is intended to keep the data being employed in such systems as up-to-date as possible.

The company believes data quality will be improved for its business applications as there are around 1.4 million people updating Jigsaw's database, as well as about 22 million contacts linked into its services, reports ZDNet.

Trend Micro encryption SaaS aims at cloud security mark

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Software-as-a-service security applications 'employed by many'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author:   Neil Hill.

Many companies are employing software-as-a-service security applications without being fully aware of the fact.

Writing for PC World, columnist Andreas Antonopoulos explained that several organisations are using technologies such as antispam and antivirus on their messaging systems.

He said many companies are not fully aware that these are software-as-a-service offerings but are benefiting from them nevertheless.

Mr Antonopoulos noted that this form of security outsourcing is growing by around 12 per cent on an annual basis.

Gartner: The six elements of cloud analytics and SaaS BI

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Jeff Kelly.

You may think you know what business intelligence (BI) or data analytics in the cloud means, but think again.

Analytics in the cloud doesn’t refer to just a SaaS-based BI application or a hosted data warehouse (although it does include these things) but to any one of six critical elements, according to a new report by Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner.

Failure to understand the details of cloud analytics could mean disaster for future projects, said Gartner analyst Bill Gassman, co-author of the report.

Survey: Infrastructure-as-a-Service Adoption on the Rise

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Darryl K. Taft.

According to a new report from the Yankee Group, enterprise adoption of infrastructure as a service is growing rapidly.

Is SaaS/Cloud Adoption Too Easy?

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Loraine Lawson.

A recent customer survey by TrackVia, a cloud-based application development platform, found it's not cost savings that attract non-technical users to their solution. Fifty percent cited functionality and 30 percent cited ease-of-use, making these the two most popular reasons for moving development to the cloud.