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.

The Box advantage: Growth, predictability and competitiveness

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Although Box’s stock value has had its ups and downs since its IPO in January, going public sent an important signal to investors. Aaron Levie has demonstrated that a subscription-based service is now the only viable business model in the technology industry today.

When Salesforce debuted in 2004, there was very little market awareness of recurring revenue-based business models. They were mostly associated with print media and telecoms. Eight years later, Workday’s successful...

By Tien Tzuo, 31 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SaaS , Software, Storage.

Oracle CTO Ellison slams Salesforce in cloud financial results discussion

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After 27 years at the top, it remains a slight culture shock to note Larry Ellison as Oracle’s chief technical officer. But despite this he’s still stealing the headlines, by telling analysts in an earnings call his belief that Oracle will sell more new SaaS and PaaS business than Salesforce in 2015.

As reported by Seeking Alpha, Ellison told...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, PaaS, Platform, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

Finland has biggest take up of cloud computing services in EU, research reveals

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Finland has the highest proportion of enterprises in the EU using cloud computing, according to figures from Eurostat.

The findings from the European Union’s statistical office, from December 2014, saw more than half (51%) of Finnish enterprises in the cloud. Nordic and Benelux countries typically scored highly, with Sweden and Denmark in the top four and Netherlands and Belgium in the top 10. 24% of UK enterprises use cloud computing services.

Overall, 10 nations are ahead of the...

By James Bourne, 17 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Europe, Research, SaaS , Software.

Moving the help desk to the cloud: Companies reticent to adopt SaaS models

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More than two thirds of respondents in a survey from Software Advice currently use on-premise help desk systems despite the prevalence of cloud-based systems in the market.

68% of the more than 200 IT staff and management respondents have on-prem deployments compared to 18% utilising vendor-hosted cloud and 13% hosting on a leased server.

The most frequently used help desk software functionality, according to those polled, is ticket...

By James Bourne, 09 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, SaaS , Software.

Salesforce delivers another billion dollar quarter, $5bn in annual revenue, shares skyrocket

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Cloudy software provider Salesforce has announced its latest financial results, with $5.37bn (£3.46bn) in total annual revenue and another billion dollar quarter.

The results were in line with Wall Street’s expectations, with earnings per share at $0.14 and a year on year growth of 26.1%.

It certainly seems a long way since 2009, when Salesforce’s first billion dollar annual figures arrived, and late 2013, when the first billion dollar quarter arrived. CEO Marc...

By James Bourne, 26 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

Shining a light on shadow IT - and how to ensure you get it right

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The nature of work is evolving; employees are mobile and cloud-enabled, free to work anywhere from almost any device. In response to this shift, the BYOD trend has emerged stronger than ever. Coupled with this is the growth of employees desiring more accessible applications. However, these factors have undoubtedly contributed to the emergence of shadow IT, which is creating a problem for many IT departments.

Applications such as Dropbox are increasingly being used by employees for business...

By Angelo di Ventura, 25 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, SaaS , Security, Software, Vulnerabilities.

Analysing emerging technologies across the cloud storage landscape

There has been an influx of emerging technologies across the storage landscape. Many vendors are using the exact same hardware but are figuring out ways to do a lot of smarter things with the software. In this post, I’ll cover a handful of vendors who are doing a great job innovating at the software layer to improve storage technology and performance.

Nimble

Nimble was founded by the same people who did Data Domain and does data compression. Their success led to EMC buying...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 20 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software, Storage.

IBM launches Spectrum Storage for hybrid cloud, invests $1bn in software defined storage

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IBM has launched IBM Spectrum Storage, a new storage portfolio which adds a layer of intelligent software to store each piece of data at the optimal cost maximising performance and security.

The tech giant has also put more than $1bn of investments into its storage software portfolio over the next five years.

Software defined storage is an interesting area, where the programming that controls storage-related tasks is decoupled from the physical storage. It’s not to everyone’s taste,...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software, Storage.

AWS remains most popular enterprise cloud service, according to Skyhigh report

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains the most popular enterprise cloud service, according to the latest quarterly report from Skyhigh Networks, while the number of cloud services used by firms continues to rise.

According to the report the average employee uses 27 apps at work, while the average number of cloud services in use per company was 897 in Q414, which compares favourably against 831 in Q3 and 626 in Q413. The biggest rise in app type was development, which saw a 97% spike in...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Collaboration, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

What can MSPs gain from linear growth and recurring revenue?

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By Bernardo Reyes

We’ve reached it, the critical stage between cloud growth and cloud maturity. And there’s no need to deny that with cloud maturity come great opportunities. Just like Uncle Ben said, right? But more seriously, as a Managed Service Provider (MSP), how can you be sure that adding the cloud to your organisation now is right? Did you at all consider the cloud as a more...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 05 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SaaS , Software, Vendors.