Cloud Software

Market Leaders: Small-Business Suite CRM

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Juan Martinez.

The Market

Australian etailers looking for technology change

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author:  Stephen Withers.

New research from Forrester shows that 50% of Australian online retailers are planning to change their eCommerce platforms within two years. But mobile access is not a priority for most of the companies responding to the survey.

The main problem cited by Forrester is that retailers have tended to choose an eCommerce platform without realising how much sales growth would occur, and they are now running into the limitations of the originally selected software.

XTuple Expands to the Cloud

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Koa Beck.

XTuple, a provider of commercial open-source business management software, has announced the release of a new version of its flagship product along with an expansion of the xTuple cloud service. The new features of the open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) software include a Quickstart Wizard for setup and an xTuple desktop, with graphical, customizable workflows for sales, CRM, accounting, and manufacturing. The xTuple desktop also allows users to create their own favorite places in the application and set up summary dashboards of key business metrics.

Three new editions of xTuple's open source ERP software are available:

Aster Data Offers Free MapReduce IDE To Boost Use of Big Data

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Another EngineYard Co-Founder Leaves The Company

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Om Malik.

Continuity Disaster Recovery Software Gets Private Cloud Advisor

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Chris Boulton.

Putting the Cloud to Use for Video Encoding

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Gary Orenstein.

In a world with millions of different mobile devices, televisions, screen sizes and video formats, something has to give. But instead of giving in, device proliferation combined with content producers’ desire to deliver clean video is giving rise to a new market for hosted video encoding, sometimes called transcoding. The goal is simple: provide the right format to the right screen at the right time without requiring content producers to invest in infrastructure. Done right, content producers should be able to dial up a video encoding service in the cloud.

team Engine cranks up on-demand high performance computing

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

Steam Engine, a new division of systems integrator FrontlineSystems, provides high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure for as little as one month at a time.

The service is particularly aimed at the visual effects, geo-science, mining, biomedical and financial industries.

"These businesses are exemplified by extreme peaks and troughs in data and infrastructure demand, which makes operating and managing in-house date centre facilities a financially unsound proposition," said Steam's chief commercial officer Stefan Gillard.

The View from the CRM C-Suite

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Lauren McKay.

Where do you see the market going over the next few years?

Was SAP Too Slow on SaaS? Maybe, Maybe Not

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Ann All.

Several publications are reporting the results of a small survey of British and Irish SAP users, in which nearly three-quarters of the respondents knocked SAP for being too slow to bring its software-as-a-service offerings to market. But what is too slow?