SaaS

Nice AaS: What is "as-a-Service" and Why the Cloud's Gone Crazy for Everything-As-A-Service (XaaS)

Grazed from SmartDataCollective. Author: Rachel McAree.

Check out Part One of this Two-Part Series on the most popular Aas in the business... The aaS model is much more than just a change in how software is paid for. It’s about taking the real total cost of ownership and converting that to a predictable expense, with a highly predictable outcome. It’s about delivering products that evolve and add continual value, versus projects that miss their mark and never meet the needs they were intended to address. This is a very different approach than what the IT industry has historically embraced

Today, designed obsolescence is a fundamental component of every hardware manufacturer’s strategy in every sector. Traditional, on-premise software is the same. Both are designed to require on-going support, parts, and maintenance, and at some point the manufacturer says to every customer, “you have to upgrade.” This approach is integral to the business objectives of all of these technology suppliers...

StackOps Presents the First Pay-Per-Use Hybrid Cloud to Accept Bitcoins

Grazed from StackOps. Author: Editorial Staff.

StackOps, the leading business in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms based on OpenStack™, has announced its new service, StackOps.NET, a solution for businesses which offers the latest generation hybrid cloud IaaS, combining the public and private clouds as one platform.

StackOps.NET is a Hybrid Cloud which combines the existing Virtual Private Cloud service offered to its clients in its service zones in Amsterdam and Madrid, with the new Virtual Datacenter (VDC), the public cloud solution developed by StackOps that allows clients to fully deploy their own Virtual Datacenter in a flexible, self-managed way...

SaaS Cloud Computing Model Cited as 'Best Choice' for Enterprise Environments

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

The 2014 Software as a Service and Cloud Applications University Conference is being held May 13 thru 15 in Austin, Texas. The event is organized by Softletter which tracks software industry benchmarks, metrics and information to help executives improve in-house growth and profitability. Loren Saxby, founder and president of the L.A.-based "smarter" business software firm INTLY, says Softletter is on the right track and cites SaaS Cloud Computing models as "the absolute best choice" for enterprise clients seeking to improve productivity and efficiency levels.

"Truly motivated enterprise professionals are always looking to achieve a perfect blend of cost savings, increased productivity and maximum ROI," says Saxby. "Building their internal networks around a SaaS Cloud Computing model is the best way to achieve all three – for higher levels of productivity and effciency."...

Adallom Named a Gartner "Cool Vendor" in SaaS Security Infrastructure Protection for 2014

Grazed from MarketWatch. Author: PR Announcement.

Software as a Service (SaaS) security company Adallom today announced it has been selected by Information technology research and advisory firm Gartner as a "Cool Vendor in Security for Infrastructure Protection, 2014." Why Cool? According to Gartner's report, "The Nexus of Forces -- mobile, social, cloud and big data -- continue to add complexity to a chief information security officer's (CISO's) duties, and are a driver for security and the protection of infrastructure.

The cloud's popularity among business leaders and its expanding roster of software as a service (SaaS) applications signify that it is beyond being a game-changing technology now." Why Hot? Cloud computing and SaaS offerings are hot technology markets as companies look to shift capital expenditures to strategic business operations...

SaaS continues to dominate enterprise cloud computing market

Grazed from IT World Canada. Author: Andrew Brooks.

While there are security, compliance and portability concerns with “as-a-service” models, SaaS, PaaS and IaaS look set for further growth While the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model remains dominant in terms of market share, growth and breadth of coverage, a new research report says other cloud computing models have established themselves as contenders and are themselves undergoing rapid growth despite some issues.

Worldwide SaaS revenues will reach US$53 billion by 2018, or 59 per cent of the enterprise public cloud computing market, says a new report from U.K.-based Juniper Research. SaaS brought in US$23.2 billion last year. The report, titled “Cloud Computing – Enterprise Markets: SaaS, PaaS & IaaS, 2014-2018,” SaaS will remain the dominant cloud model, thanks in part to its relative maturity and widespread acceptance, and broad recognition of the comparative benefits and risks of commissioning cloud-based software...

Cloud Computing: 8 Ways To Build And Use The New Breed Of Data-Driven Applications

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Brian Ascher.

Software-as-a-Service and cloud computing has been transformational for the software industry, but compared to what is coming next, you ain’t seen nothing yet. First, to appreciate where we are heading a quick review of where we’ve been is in order. Back in the olden days of business software a software company sold you an application which you installed on your servers and desktops which made business processes more efficient, facilitated workflow, and sped up information retrieval. As you used it this software accumulated data such as your customer records, financial results and manufacturing statistics.

If you wanted to deeply analyze this data for trends and insights you bought Business Intelligence or Analytics packages from a different set of software vendors so you could slice and dice your data, generate reports for executives, and hopefully decipher interesting trends about your business that you would then go act on. In the early 2000s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies emerged and enabled you to “rent” business applications, rather than buy them, as your employees accessed them through the Internet and their web browsers...

Cloud Services Become, Quite Literally, A Commodity

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Tim Worstall.

This is pretty quick for a product that is so new. Cloud Services have only been around for a few years as the technology to make them possible began to exist (specifically, cheap enough servers and broadband) but they’re already just about to become, quite literally, commodities. For the commodity markets are about to start trading a contract in cloud services:

If you thought cloud computing was complicated now, just wait until next year, when pin-striped traders will buy and sell contracts in the stuff. At least, that’s the plan of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which announced on Monday that it had signed a “definitive agreement” to build a commodity exchange dedicated to the buying and selling of infrastructure-as-a-service contracts whose value will be determined via a technology from cloud measurement firm 6fusion...

Cloud Computing: Infographic Top 5 Tools for Government Tech

Grazed from SmartDataCollective. Author: Zach Taiji.

Over the past few years, cloud computing has become an increasingly popular technology for businesses around the world because of its ease of access from remote locations - removing the need for locally installed software. Cloud computing and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) tools can be great solutions for local and state-level governments with limited resources, since most solutions are affordable, scale to specific needs and allow employees to access secure data from anywhere.

As governments get larger in size (federal), there are even custom-built and propietary solutions. Below are 5 SaaS tools for local and state governments that cover everything from managing citizen relationships to tracking government funds and finances...

To view infographic and read more from the source, visit http://smartdatacollective.com/zach-taiji/196361/5-top-tools-government-tech

A Better Way To Integrate Saas Services And Marketplaces

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Ayo Omojola.

Since starting Hipmob, we’ve tried to make it easy to use us along with the other tools that you use. With that in mind, we have over three dozen integrations with services as varied as Zendesk, Salesforce, to Shopify. Some have been more successful than others in terms of lead generation, general awareness and revenue, but in polling our fellow founders, we’ve discovered that the ROI for integrations in general is pretty low.

Most integrations seem to be more useful when you’re lucky to have a customer that uses both your product and the partner’s product. Otherwise it’s a hard sell. In our experience though, this is a huge missed opportunity; to make customers happy, to drive leads on both sides of the table, and to drive forward the cause of APIs as a whole...

Saas, PaaS and the Cloud? Part 2: Top 5 Considerations for Purchasing Hosted Services - Software/Platform-as-a-Service

Grazed from NationalLawReview. Author: Christine M. Wahr and Sarah T. Hogan.

You’ve read part 1 of our series, and you’re now armed with the knowledge about hosted services and cloud computing that you’ve been too embarrassed to ask. To help you bring it home – virtually – we offer our top 5 considerations when purchasing hosted services for your organization:

1. Implement processes for agreement to non-negotiable terms. Many lower priced hosted services providers will present terms of use in a “click-through” or “click-wrap” agreement. These “take it or leave it” terms are intended to avoid a costly negotiation over legal language where this is low profit margin for the services. While the vast majority of click-through terms will be acceptable for the services being purchased, your organization should make sure individuals with purchasing authority are trained to recognize provisions that raise your organization’s risk profile, and to escalate those provisions for legal review. For example, legal and IT security should review all terms relating to privacy and data security. Additionally, users should escalate for legal approval any provision requiring indemnification by your organization, as well as any provision purporting to claim ownership of any of your organization’s data or intellectual property...