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.

Most enterprise cloud app usage falls under shadow IT, but could this be a positive for the CIO?

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86% of cloud apps used by enterprises fall under the category of shadow IT, while nearly three quarters aren’t ‘Safe Harbour’ approved, according to an industry report from CipherCloud.

The research findings, coming amidst worries of more sophisticated mobile malware and vulnerabilities, suggest organisations need to do more to assess what’s going on in their internal IT. One major US enterprise polled estimated it had 10 to 15 file sharing applications in use;...

By James Bourne, 03 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Research, SaaS , Software.

Box’s IPO: Shares go skywards, but reaction is mixed

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“IPOs are one of the great, mysterious Wall Street spectacles,” Shawn Tully wrote in Forbes earlier this week. “The praise is overwhelming, the definition of ‘success’ is baffling, and anyone who questions the system is taken for a dullard.”

This might explain why everyone and their dog has attempted to shed light on one of...

By James Bourne, 27 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, SaaS , Software, Storage.

Campaign for Clear Licensing has IBM and SAP in its sights after Oracle assessment

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Updated The Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL) has called for feedback on IBM and SAP’s software licensing practices, after an open letter was sent to Oracle addressing its concerns.

CloudTech broke the news that IBM and SAP were the next two vendors in the firing line earlier this month. The CCL hopes to present findings and recommendations at a roundtable on February...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software, Vendors.

SAP financial figures offer few surprises, expects cloud transformation by 2018

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SAP has released its latest financial figures, and it’s to be expected; cloud subscriptions up, software subscriptions down, overall numbers ticking over, and a pledge that cloud profits will exceed software license revenues by 2018.

The company has again shifted its long term goals, with a 2017 operating profit target now of €6.3bn to €7bn, from a previous total of €7.7bn – and it’s all due to the company’s aggressive shift towards cloud.

The...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SaaS , Software.

How cloud service providers can effectively monetise and deliver the ultimate cloud offering

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The cloud ecosystem has ushered in an exciting era of open access to world-class computing power, resources, storage, development framework and software applications. With this has come an explosion of innovation. While cloud service providers (CSPs) have enabled innovation and cost reduction for their customers, they have likewise been challenged to leverage the power of the cloud to innovate around monetisation and billing. This has resulted in business risks, such as:

  • Becoming a commodity provider due to high CSP customer churn resulting from lack of...

By Raman Abrol, 07 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, SaaS , Software.

Companies ploughing money into SaaS investment but still aware of the risks

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A survey from analyst house Gartner has found key drivers for software as a service (SaaS) include redirection of in-house staff to other responsibilities, as well as quick deployment and faster access to innovation.

The research, which polled across 10 countries in May and June this year, found that respondents were still not fully satisfied by going all in to the cloud, instead opting for a mix of SaaS and on-premises.

Even though Gartner expects the traditional deployment model...

By James Bourne, 04 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, Platform, Research, SaaS , Software.

Salesforce customers: Learn from Code Spaces’ swift demise

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A benchmark report by Adallom into the uptake of software as a service (SaaS) applications has found that Salesforce customers have the highest percentage of privileged access users – and warned about the problems that may cause businesses.

On average 7% of users on Salesforce accounts are privileged or have admin access, compared with 4% for Google Apps, 2% for Box and 1% for Office 365, the other three services analysed.

The report gave a grave warning over the prevalence...

By James Bourne, 05 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Disaster Recovery, Research, SaaS , Security, Software.

IBM inks partnership deal with Tencent for Chinese cloud opportunities

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It’s official: IBM is going partnership mad. A couple of months after announcing a huge mobility collaboration with Apple, and only a week after inking a deal with Twitter for enterprise social analytics, Big Blue has announced a deal with Chinese Internet provider Tencent for cloud software.

The goal is to enable Chinese industries to provide public cloud with software as a service (SaaS), to utilise mobile, cloud computing and big data tools. It also gives IBM an...

By James Bourne, 31 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Public, SaaS , Software.

XaaS: The future of cloud or marketing fluff?

As cloud computing becomes ever more pervasive, future models will begin to revolve around XaaS. Anything as a service, everything as a service, more as a service, call it what you will. The overall effect is that a new type of service will deliver IaaS, PaaS and SaaS in one package.

That’s the verdict of John Dixon, consulting architect at GreenPages Technology Solutions. Let’s be clear on how we define XaaS first. Dixon cited desktop as a service (DaaS) as a good example of XaaS, citing servers...

By James Bourne, 08 September 2014, 2 comments. Categories: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS , Software.