SaaS provider Apttus raises $108m series C funding, takes aggressive approach

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Software as a service (SaaS) provider Apttus has secured $108 million (£70.4m) in series C funding, just seven months after its previous funding round.

Apttus delivers SaaS apps providing an unbroken funnel throughout the sales process, with the company claiming to pioneer the ‘quote to cash’ cycle, which is an end to end process covering an entire sales lifecycle in the cloud. The latest cash injection comes after a $37m round in September 2013 and $41m in February...

By James Bourne, 01 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

The race to zero: On the path to no-cost cloud computing

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It seems that everyone is in a race, and the pace of business in the modern world is no less evident than in cloud computing. While prices for just about anything are going up, cloud storage prices are nosediving. The competition between leaders such as Google, Amazon, and Box is driving prices down and providers across the industry are being pressured to be part of the “race to zero”.

This race has been accelerating. Microsoft began providing...

By Rick Delgado, 14 August 2015, 2 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software, Storage.

Why AWS Marketplace is changing the software industry

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The launch of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2006 revolutionised the concept of technology infrastructure. AWS Marketplace is marching along the same path to transform the way software is sold and deployed.

As Amazon consistently pushes out innovative products on AWS, the enterprise software world sees the AWS Marketplace as a thriving environment for...

By Logicworks, 03 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, SaaS , Software.

Gartner’s enterprise file sync and share Magic Quadrant offers surprises and opportunities

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Once again, the tea leaves and crystal balls are out at Gartner headquarters as the analyst house looks to predict the shape of the enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) industry. Accellion, Box, Citrix and Syncplicity occupy the top right leaders section in this iteration, while Microsoft, Google and – perhaps surprisingly – Dropbox again sits in the challengers square.

EFSS, as Gartner defines it, is “a range of on-premises or cloud-based capabilities that...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data Management, Enterprise, Research, SaaS , Software, Storage.

Cloud adoption equals security: The CIO’s paradox

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Cloud technology is one of the most secure ways to store and share data that the world has ever seen. But with data security making the headlines with increasing frequency you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise. High profile hackings have at times derailed the industry’s attempts to make the case for the cloud.

Keeping data secure is not a new challenge, however. Businesses have been grappling to protect their data for decades; be it from missing paper files or...

By Mark Van Der Linden, 22 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, SaaS , Software, Storage.

SAP’s Q215 financial results: Strong cloud growth alongside profit warnings

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It’s that time of year again. Companies are issuing their latest quarterly financial figures, and SAP’s Q215 numbers see continued growth in cloud services, but overall profits remaining relatively stagnant.

Cloud subscriptions and support for the German software giant stood at €552 million for the second quarter of 2015, a more than 100% change from the previous year. Other software licenses and support saw a 13% change at €3.51 billion. Total revenue hit...

By James Bourne, 21 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SaaS , SAP, Software.

Analysing the importance of cloud usage tracking and cost management

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If organisations could track all cloud consumption and usage across the enterprise, the majority (57%) would utilise it to improve IT forecasting.

That was the key takeaway from a survey undertaken by enterprise software provider Cloud Cruiser, who collared 279 IT professionals at the recent Microsoft Ignite event in Chicago. Interestingly, 16% of respondents admitted they did not use Microsoft cloud technologies.

39% of those polled said they would use more wide-ranging tracking skills...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Research, SaaS , Software.

Hybrid the future for now, but Microsoft on track to convert customers to the cloud

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A report from enterprise mobile collaboration provider harmon.ie argues Microsoft is making progress in moving its customers’ productivity software to the mobile cloud, yet on premise remains important.

The company, which offers a tool which puts all Microsoft productivity tools within a single screen, notes Microsoft has a stronghold on productivity suites. 97% of respondents polled said they expect their clients’ use of Office 365 to increase in the coming 12 months,...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Microsoft, Mobility, SaaS , Software.

Google Apps or Microsoft Office? Survey argues which cloud office is best for your business

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If you’ve ever talked to an acquaintance about what technology they use at their place of work, then this might be the article for you: a survey from BetterCloud has found the benefits of Google Apps and Microsoft Office for organisations of all sizes.

The report argues there is a “clear trend” for larger organisations to run Office 365 as opposed to Google Apps – Office 365-based organisations are more than four times larger and five years older on average,...

By James Bourne, 08 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Google, Hybrid, SaaS , Software.

Public or private cloud storage? The industry’s growing so quickly, you can have both

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Updated A recent survey from cloud storage and data protection hardware provider CTERA Networks found that while employees at more than half of organisations use public file, sync and share services, almost three quarters said they were looking for an alternative.

The report recognised what CTERA highlights as a growing interest and need for enterprise-grade, private cloud storage solutions. Box portrays itself as...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , Software, Storage.

CIO and head of IT, not CEO, most likely to have final say on cloud adoption

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Cloud usage is rocketing amongst UK business users – but the final decision making falls to the head of IT or the chief information officer in almost three in five (59%) cases, according to latest research.

The research, from cloud hosting provider Cobweb Solutions, shows more organisations are turning to cloud for all their business needs, with UK cloud penetration reaching a high of 84%.

78% of businesses are using more than one cloud-based service, figures which correlate

By James Bourne, 02 July 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, CIO, SaaS , Software.

Dropbox announces user base exceeds 400 million, with eight million business users

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Dropbox has announced its number of users has exceeded 400 million, with more than eight million business customers also on board.

The figures, disclosed on the occasion of the cloud storage provider’s eighth birthday, also reveal an impressive growth in the UK market, opened up six months ago. The company has grown from three to 10 offices over the past year.

According to the figures, 4,000 edits to documents are made each second on Dropbox, with users syncing 1.2 billion files...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , Security, Software, Storage.

Cloud-based collaboration: What the private sector can learn from the public sector

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The Cloud World Forum event, which starts tomorrow in London and will have this publication in attendance, will more than likely discuss business cloud strategies, security fears, as well as the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and DevOps concepts.

Among the list of expected attendees, there is a not unreasonable amount of security professionals from the private sector. Also there is cloud-based enterprise collaboration...

By James Bourne, 23 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

The state of the cloud in 2015: “Bullish” VC firm predicts tipping point

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Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), a venture capital firm which has been investing in cloud computing for almost 20 years, has released a bullish prediction on cloud trends in the coming years.

Software as a service (SaaS) is approaching 30% of total application spend, compound annual growth rate hitting 17.6% between 2013 and 2018. On premise, by contrast, is at 2.8%. BVP also argues the ‘tipping point’ of cloud CRM will hit in 2016; by 2018, the VC firm expects cloud CRM to...

By James Bourne, 19 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, M&A, SaaS , Salesforce.

How EU legislation impacts data processing in the cloud

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Last week, the European Union agreed on proposed Data Protection Regulations that potentially impact all organisations that either use or process the personal data of EU citizens. There will now be further consultations before these become statute, but for the first time these will be regulations, rather than directives; which mean that individual EU member states will have little room for interpretation in how they are applied. 

This has implications for IT service providers, SaaS...

By Sean McAvan, 18 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, SaaS , Software.

Box announces strong financial figures, raises forecast

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Enterprise cloud storage provider Box has announced first quarter revenue figures of $65.6 million, a 45% increase year over year.

The company noted billings of $69.8m for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 and a non-GAAP operating loss of $32.6m – 50% of revenue. This contrasts with first quarter of fiscal 2015, whereby non-GAAP operating loss was 69% of revenue. GAAP operating loss for this quarter was at 71% of revenue, compared to the previous year’s 83%.

Box also gave an...

By James Bourne, 11 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software, Storage.

Number of cloud apps in the enterprise declines for first time – is IT fighting back?

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The average number of cloud apps used per enterprise has declined for the first time, according to the latest data from Netskope.

This shift – which the company notes is “consolidation efforts from IT begin[ning] to take hold” – is exacerbated by the lack of enterprise-grade security in most cloud apps. 89.6% of apps used are not enterprise-ready, and 90% of data loss prevention violations occur in cloud storage apps.

The latter point is of most concern....

By James Bourne, 10 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Privacy, SaaS , Software, Storage.

Enterprise recognises need to move from public storage to private cloud

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Employees at more than half (55%) of organisations use public file, sync and share (FSS) services. Yet almost three quarters (73%) said they were looking for or had implemented an alternative, according to a new report from CTERA.

More than half (59%) of that number said they favoured a private cloud FSS solution run either on hosted infrastructure or in their own data centre.

35% of organisations have experienced corporate data leakage in 2014 as a result of employees sharing files via...

By James Bourne, 02 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Security, Software, Storage.

Cloud playing a more significant role in day to day work for SMB employees

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Workers in small to medium businesses (SMBs) feel happier and more productive when using cloud apps in their day to day work, according to new research from Kronos.

The study, which focused on 1000 European knowledge workers in SMBs, notes how late many small businesses are in moving to the cloud, arguing SMB leaders are “yet to realise [its] strategic value”. Yet almost two thirds (63%) believe the majority of their...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2015, 6 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Migration, SaaS , Software.

The top 100 cloud-based enterprise software startups of 2015

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Investments in emerging enterprise software companies increased 53% from Q3 to Q4, 2014  according to MoneyTree Report, a collaborative research initiative between PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association.  A graphic from the latest available data shows how software investments were 39% of all investments in Q4, 2014.

To determine which enterprise software

By Louis Columbus, 07 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , Software.