Financial planning, forecasting, and budgeting were not disrupted by the winds of change blowing from SaaS in its early stages. The storm of the great recession, however, has brought a period of endemic volatility, and shaken enterprises into frequently assessing short-term performance against the backdrop of a long-term plan.
Nearly every application today is Internet-facing, whether it is a legacy application or an application accessing cloud services. Scenarios like this make network performance a highly integral element of overall application performance, especially for SaaS providers that live and die by the cloud, and depend on a robust wide area network (WAN).
Microsoft may have gotten most of the productivity spotlight recently with its much-anticipated -- and long overdue -- Office for iPad release, but Apple did its best to steal some of that thunder with a refreshed version of its own software package.
We've seen the market blow bubbles before. Remember when Yahoo had a valuation greater than General Motors? How about those Internet companies that had no product or profits selling for dozens of dollars per share? And how about those those mortgage-backed securities? Would anyone like to make a killing on tulip bulbs?
While we've been trying to determine the significance of cloud computing platforms and SaaS delivery for big data insights, ostensibly qualified eggheads have been traducing the whole concept. Of course, it's easier to get something published when it attacks -- rather than supports -- a significant trend, but I'm still surprised The New York Times gave ...
Is the fully cloud-based business a reality today, or is it a receding dream? That's what I'd like to focus on in this week's chat. Here at SaaS in the Enterprise, we spend our days and weeks discussing how both key business functions and ordinary collaboration are migrating to the cloud. Why host systems, services, and data, when all can be accessed ...
Keeping files synchronized and organized has become a huge challenge for businesses and has gotten more complicated as workers bring in tablets and smartphones and access productivity software on all platforms -- including Microsoft's recent announcement that Office is now available for iPad.