Utilising cloud to keep communications strong as the business changes

Why, at a time when top CIOs are listing cloud, mobile, infrastructure and data centre in the top five investment priorities for 2015, are so many businesses sticking with on-premise or hosted solutions to manage their internal communication systems? And how flexible are they when a business has to cope with change?

Outdated technology can’t adapt to changes in environment. This whitepaper from Thinking Phones assesses how when change is required, the internal communications cannot be disrupted.

By James Bourne, 03 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Software, UnifiedComms.

Microsoft turns off unlimited OneDrive for Office 365, blames greedy users

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It turns out unlimited does not mean unlimited after all: Microsoft has reneged on its plans to give Office 365 subscribers unlimited OneDrive cloud storage, capping each account at 1 TB.

This is perhaps being a little harsh, and isn’t a particularly egregious rewriting of the English language. Microsoft’s reason for cutting back on OneDrive and its unlimited access, available for just over a year, is that some people are just too greedy for their own good.

“Since we started to...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

40% of SaaS companies use AWS to deliver their apps, according to Pacific Quest

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  • 40% of SaaS companies are using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver their apps today.
  • Median subscription gross margins for SaaS companies in 2015 are 78%.
  • Overall, SaaS companies are projecting median revenue growth of 46% in 2015.
  • Channel sales and inside sales strategies delivered the highest revenue growth rates in 2014.
  • Companies in the $5M – $7.5M range achieved 70% revenue growth in 2014, surpassing the median 36% growth rate last year.

These and many other insights are from the 2015 Pacific Crest...

By Louis Columbus, 03 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Research, SaaS , Software.

Don’t forget the virtual environment for greater business collaboration

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As I’m writing this, I’m looking over at the foosball table that resides in the corner of the Dropbox office. It’s a hub of activity as two of my colleagues battle it out while they take a break from a planning session. There’s also a group of people huddled together on beanbags and sofas, armed with coloured markers and clearly intent on solving a challenge.

The atmosphere is informal but productive, and the reason they are able to work in this non-traditional...

By Mark Van Der Linden, 27 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Software.

Oracle unveils Intel big data partnership while attacking IBM and SAP

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The Oracle OpenWorld 2015 event, which kicked off yesterday in San Francisco, had what one would expect from such a conference; product and integration announcements, alongside a smattering of competitor bashing.

First off, the announcements. Oracle unveiled the Exa Your Power Program, a system which enables customers to migrate off IBM Power systems to Oracle Engineered Systems through Intel technology. The program, which is jointly funded by both Oracle and Intel, offers customers a...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Infrastructure, Platform, SaaS , Software.

The hottest cloud-based marketing startups of 2015

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  • Apttus, Booker, Lattice Engines, Segment and Tubular Labs are the five hottest cloud-based marketing startups of 2015.
  • 13 of the hottest 34 cloud-based marketing startups are from the Bay Area, followed by Los Angeles with 3, and Bangalore and New York, both with 2.
  • 14 are in Pre Series A, 7 in A-Stage, 5 in B-Stage and 3 in C-Stage funding rounds.

These and other insights are from a quick analysis completed using Mattermark Pro, in response to reader...

By Louis Columbus, 26 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Research, SaaS , Software.

Microsoft and Dell team up again for “truly integrated” hybrid cloud offering

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Microsoft and Dell have continued their long-standing partnership by announcing a new “Azure-consistent integrated system for hybrid cloud” at the Dell World event in Texas.

The move is an updated ‘standard’ version of the companies’ ‘Azure in a box’ service announced last year, the Cloud Platform System (CPS). Utilising Dell’s hardware with Microsoft’s software, the two companies argue the platform is the only integrated system...

By James Bourne, 22 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software.

Compliance key to keeping data on-premise – but also reliability at scale

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The majority of organisations surveyed by IDG and Globalscape argue compliance, reliability at scale and tracking file movement were key reasons to keep data on-premise.

82% of firms cite confidence in meeting compliance mandates as a benefit of using an on-premises enterprise file transfer solution, with 37% viewing it as critical. Reliability at scale was also seen as critical by 35% of respondents, alongside the ability to track file movement (29%) and the ability to integrate...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Compliance, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Software, Storage.

Adobe and Dropbox team up for easier PDF handling on the go

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Digital giant Adobe and cloud storage provider Dropbox have announced a partnership for more seamless document handling and editing in a variety of locations.

According to Dropbox, there are more than 18 billion PDF files in the storage provider’s repository, being one of the most common business file types in Dropbox. The new partnership enables easier collaboration facilities with Adobe files, including viewing additional actions on PDF files stored in Dropbox Basic, Pro,...

By James Bourne, 14 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Software, Storage.