How manufacturers need to move from products to services with the rise of IoT

  • 91% of manufacturers are investing in predictive analytics in the next 12 months, and 50% consider artificial intelligence (AI) a major planned investment for 2019 to support their subscription-based business models.
  • New subscription business models and smart, connected products are freeing manufacturers up from competing for one-time transaction revenues to recurring revenues based on subscriptions.
  • By 2020, manufacturers are predicting 67% of their product portfolios will be smart, connected products according to an 

By Louis Columbus, 13 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Research, SaaS , Software.

SAP acquires Qualtrics in $8bn deal to deliver stronger brand and customer experiences

SAP has announced the acquisition of research management software provider Qualtrics for $8 billion (£6.2bn) with the aim to ‘deliver the transformative potential of experience and operational data.’

Qualtrics, based in Utah and Washington, offers a platform which enables organisations to conduct internal and external surveys, gauging customer experience, employee expectations and brand advocacy. With SAP...

By James Bourne, 12 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, M&A, SaaS , SAP, Software.

Why building successful SaaS delivery is easier than you think

Software as a service (SaaS) is becoming ubiquitous. It is estimated that enterprises currently use 16 SaaS applications on average, yet one in seven of these businesses also believe that more than 80% of their applications will be SaaS-based by 2020.

This would seem an especially accurate assessment too by enterprises, as the current market for SaaS products and services is worth £54 billion, yet it is expected to

By Angelique Medina, 25 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Infrastructure, SaaS , Software.

Forbes Cloud 100 2018: Stripe holds off Slack to retain top private cloud title

Payments provider Stripe remains the number one privately owned cloud company ahead of social messaging firm Slack, according to the latest rankings from Forbes.

The media firm’s latest Cloud 100 list, celebrating the best private cloud firms – as in, cloud companies who are private – saw Stripe retain top spot with what Forbes calls ‘the online tool kit for digital payments, helping billions in transactions flow back into...

By James Bourne, 14 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, M&A, Private, Research, SaaS , Software.

Michael Yamnitsky, Work-Bench: On enterprise machine learning and why ‘it’s a good time to be a mega cloud’

The future of enterprise software will be in some part automated, with machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies really starting to come to the fore. For all the actors cast in this fascinating drama – from the largest cloud vendors to startups, and from business analysts to data scientists – it’s time to either start learning their lines or, in some cases, rip up the script altogether.

The script in...

By James Bourne, 03 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Research, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

Quarterly SaaS spending hits $20 billion – with Microsoft continuing to hold a solid lead

Microsoft continues to hold a solid lead in the enterprise SaaS market ahead of Salesforce – but even though the market can be considered mature there is plenty more potential to come.

That is the key finding from the latest note by Synergy Research. The analysis, which comes from Q2 data, notes that the enterprise SaaS market is new generating $20 billion in quarterly revenues for vendors. Microsoft holds 17% of the...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Research, SaaS , Software.

The future of enterprise software: Big data and AI rules okay – and the ‘decentralisation of SaaS’

Machine learning, cloud-native and containers are going to be key growth drivers of the future enterprise software stack – but it could be the end of the road for software as a service (SaaS).

That’s the verdict from an extensive new report by venture capital fund Work-Bench. The

By James Bourne, 17 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, SaaS , Software.

Going up: Public cloud market continues to soar with 2017 ‘pivotal’ year, says IDC

2017 was a ‘pivotal’ year in expanding public cloud service adoption according to IDC – with spending growth remaining at a constant level despite the overall market tripling in size.

The figures, which come from the analyst firm’s latest Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Tracker, show that while the overall growth rate for 2017 was a little smaller than the previous year, revenue growth of the top 16 providers by market share went up. The top tier vendors now capture more...

By James Bourne, 25 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Public, Research, SaaS , Software.

Organisations continue to hit cost pitfalls with cloud migration, says Rackspace

The cloud journey is costing a bit more than organisations realise, according to new research from Rackspace.

The findings appear in a new report, titled ‘Maintaining Momentum: Cloud Migration Learnings’. The study, conducted by Forrester and polling more than 300 organisations in the UK, France, Germany and the US, argued that while half of business and IT decision makers polled saw cost reduction as a key driver for cloud adoption, two in five (40%) said their migration costs were still higher...

By James Bourne, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration, Research, SaaS .

Rackspace launches ‘Kubernetes as a service’ offering, acquires agency RelationEdge

A couple of interesting pieces of news from Rackspace; the company has launched a ‘Kubernetes as a service’ offering, as well as announcing the acquisition of digital agency RelationEdge.

The service, which will become available on Rackspace Private Cloud later this month, with planned support for public clouds later this year, is more affirmation of the rise of the container orchestration tool. At the

By James Bourne, 21 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, M&A, Platform, SaaS , Software.

How to close the SaaS talent gap with machine learning capabilities

  • 80% of the positions open in the U.S. alone were due to attrition. On an average, it costs $5,000 to fill an open position and takes on average of 2 months to find a new employee. Reducing attrition removes a major impediment to any company’s productivity.
  • The average employee’s tenure at a cloud-based enterprise software company is 19 months; in the Silicon Valley this trends to 14 months due to intense competition for talent according to C-level executives.
  • Eightfold.ai can quantify hiring bias and has found it occurs 35%...

By Louis Columbus, 30 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software.

SAP offers manufacturers further route into the cloud with new release

German software giant SAP has announced the launch of its Digital Manufacturing Cloud, which will enable manufacturing providers to deploy Industry 4.0 technologies in the cloud.

The announcement was made at the 2018 Hannover Messe, the yearly technological jamboree for all things industrial. The product includes business system integration, meaning greater visibility for the shop floor, as well as predictive analytics and a cloud-based collaboration system connecting customers with manufacturing service...

By James Bourne, 24 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , SAP, Software.

Public cloud market to surpass $300bn by 2021 says Gartner – with 21% growth this year

Public cloud continues to go up and up: according to Gartner, the market will grow 21.4% in 2018 to total $186.4 billion (£131.4bn).

Almost 40% of this will come from software as a service (SaaS), with a quarter to come from what Gartner calls cloud business process services (BPaaS) – delivering business process outsourcing (BPO) – and 22% to come from infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

IaaS, however, will outstrip BPaaS by 2021 according to Gartner’s predictions. In three years total...

By James Bourne, 12 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Public, Research, SaaS , Software.

The top five reasons for a multi-cloud infrastructure

Having been focused in the cloud sector for more than 12 years now, I have experienced much fast paced change and continued assumptions, misunderstanding and over-promising of cloud as the saviour of all ills.

Cloud is used as a generic term and yet covers a wide plethora of sub form factors (SaaS – software as a service, PaaS – platform as a service and IaaS – infrastructure as a service) and delivery mechanisms (private, public and hybrid clouds). Within these you then have a growing...

By Ian Moyse, 19 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Regulation, SaaS , Security, Software.

Dropbox and Salesforce commit to deeper strategic partnership

Dropbox continues to make progress after its IPO filing earlier this month, announcing a strategic partnership with Salesforce to connect platforms through new integrations.

The two companies are in their own ways poster children of the software as a service revolution; Salesforce being the first SaaS company to cross a billion dollar annual run rate, Dropbox being the fastest to do it.

While the duo already offered some level of integration – the Dropbox for Salesforce app has been available on...

By James Bourne, 09 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Salesforce, Software, Storage.

Cisco says cloud traffic will represent 95% of total data centre traffic by 2021

Cloud data centre traffic will represent 95% of total data centre traffic by 2021, while 94% of workloads and compute instances will be processed by cloud data centres in the same year.

This is the key finding from the latest Cisco Global Cloud Index report, which again offers mind-boggling forecasts and statistics around future computing power. This time around, the report predicts that global cloud data centre traffic will hit 19.5 zettabytes (ZB) per year by 2021, up from 6 ZB per year in 2016. When it...

By James Bourne, 05 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research, SaaS , Software.

IDC forecasts global spending on public cloud services to hit $160bn in 2018

Global spending on public cloud services is forecast to hit $160 billion in 2018 at an increase of 23.2% the previous year, according to figures from IDC.

Software as a service (SaaS) will remain the largest cloud category with almost two thirds of all public cloud spending this year, followed by infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). Of the SaaS spend, applications purchases will dominate the segment, with CRM and enterprise resource management (ERM) apps seeing the most...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Public, Research, SaaS , Software.

Analysing the next generation of machine learning tools for financial services

“Machine learning is so tantalizing for most every day developers and scientists. Still, there are a lot of constraints for builders….How do we turn machine learning from a capability of the few, into something that many more people can take advantage of?” – Andy Jassy, Keynote from AWS re:Invent 2017

The fintech industry has been hyped about the potential of machine learning technology for years. Despite all the noise, it’s still very early for most companies. Expert...

By Logicworks, 18 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, SaaS , Software.

SolarWinds acquires Loggly to strengthen its cloud portfolio

SolarWinds, an IT management software provider, has announced the acquisition of software as a service (SaaS) firm Loggly to deepen its cloud software engineering and analytics expertise.

Loggly, founded in 2009, offers a SaaS-based, unified log monitoring and log analytics product. The company has received six funding rounds in total, the most recent being a series D of $11,500,000 (£8.5m) in June 2016. The company was named

By James Bourne, 09 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, SaaS , Security, Software.