SAP promises ‘new generation of intelligent cloud ERP’ with latest offering

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German software giant SAP has unveiled its roadmap for the ‘next generation’ of cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) with the latest release of SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

S/4HANA, SAP’s public cloud offering which was originally released towards the end of 2015, is being updated with a new architecture of in-memory in combination with contextual analytics, digital assistant capabilities and machine learning, according to the press materials.

In other words, SAP is...

By James Bourne, 10 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, ERP, SaaS , Software.

Dropbox makes Paper generally available and hits billion-dollar revenue milestone

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Cloud storage firm Dropbox has announced two new products focusing on cross-platform storage and collaboration, as well as revealing it has become the fastest software as a service (SaaS) vendor to hit the $1 billion revenue run rate threshold.

According to various reports, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston announced the financial milestone at an event in San Francisco earlier this week. Fastest of course does not mean first; the company has a way to go before it catches up with the likes...

By James Bourne, 02 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, SaaS , Software, Storage.

How the cloud service economy and vertical SaaS is opening up huge benefits for banks

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Regulatory and security burdens are no longer the barriers to cloud adoption that they used to be for the financial sector – and vertical software as a service (SaaS) is now making the leap a true no-brainer.  

The digital economy has created so many opportunities. So much has changed in such a short period of time; just five years ago, the notion of cloud services being used in business would have been an utterly alien concept. Now, it’s well on the way to gaining...

By Steven Boyle, 08 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Regulation, SaaS , Software.

Why there is a disconnect between IT on SaaS app deployments

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There has been plenty written around the disconnect between line of business and IT around cloud deployments – but what about just IT? According to the latest research from BetterCloud, there is a similar issue afoot between IT executives – CIOs and VPs – and the run of the mill employees.

“On just about every topic, entry-level admins, managers, and senior IT professionals see things through a different (perhaps more accurate) lens than IT executives (VPs and...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Research, SaaS , Software.

Is a cloud-managed network right for your business?

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Successful businesses have mastered how to manage their network and leverage it as a platform to engage staff and customers. Increased dependency, combined with the need for pervasive connectivity, greater insights and control over behavior, is driving organisations to embrace a cloud-managed network (CMN) model.

A CMN uses a software as a service (SaaS) model to securely deliver ease-of-use and simplicity for control and analytics of on premise devices being deployed over...

By Thomas Borrel, 12 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Mobility, SaaS , Software, Virtualisation.

451 Research: 60% of workloads running in cloud by 2018 – and the rise of cloud-first

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According to the latest forecast from 451 Research, three in five enterprise workloads will run in the cloud by mid-2018, up from two in five (41%) today.

The analyst firm argues there will be strong growth in particular enterprise workload categories, including data and analytics and business applications. In the same timeframe, almost a quarter (23%) of enterprise workloads will be software as a service (SaaS), compared to 12% for IaaS. 451 argues that IaaS will be the highest...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, M&A, Research, SaaS , Software.

Microsoft overhauls Salesforce in enterprise SaaS, Synergy argues

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Microsoft has overtaken Salesforce to become the leading software as a service (SaaS) vendor despite a fragmented market, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

The analyst firm, which extensively covers cloud software and infrastructure markets, argues that with the latest Q2 data to hand, the global enterprise SaaS market grew by 33% year on year to hit more than $11 billion (£8.3bn) in quarterly revenues.

The space is divided up by Synergy into several buckets....

By James Bourne, 02 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Microsoft, Research, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

Erupting disruptors: Why software is still eating the world

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The world as we know it is ending! Well, in a less dramatic sense, things are evolving. Legacy-name companies serving as Fortune 500 poster children have fallen and are being quickly replaced by new faces. (FYI: 86% of Fortune 500 companies from 1955 have failed.) These new faces have the legacies trembling with fear because of their secret weapon––innovation. Paving the way for the little guys with big ideas, the future is here.

Disrupting the peace

There’s a term given to the little guys who...

By Jake Joraanstad, 31 August 2016, 1 comment. Categories: SaaS , Software.

Oracle buys NetSuite for $9.3bn to further strengthen its cloud story

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Updated 1758 BST Oracle has announced the acquisition of cloud ERP software provider NetSuite for $9.3 billion (£7.07bn).

The move had been rumoured strongly for the past couple of weeks – and certainly in the back of people’s minds for a significantly longer period of time – yet the agreement was confirmed today, and is expected to close later this year subject to...

By James Bourne, 28 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: ERP, M&A, SaaS , Software.

95% of enterprises say their cloud office migration has been a success

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For the vast majority of IT decision makers, cloudy offices fit their organisations like a glove. That’s one of the key findings from a study released by software vendor BetterCloud, which found 95% of the almost 270 respondents agree that Office 365 and Google Apps suit their workplace needs well.

Comparing the two, however, is something which is too tempting to resist. 44% of Google Apps users say that system fits their needs ‘very well’, compared with 39% for...

By James Bourne, 26 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Microsoft, Research, SaaS , Software.