Analysing the evolution of single sign-on

Replacing mainframes with 21st century identity

By Paul Madsen, senior technical architect

The concept of single sign-on (SSO) is not a new one, and over the years it has successfully bridged the gap between security and productivity for organizations all over the globe.

Allowing users to authenticate once to gain access to enterprise applications improves access security and user productivity by reducing the need for passwords.

In the days of...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 19 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , Security.

Sage trims its CRM portfolio to accelerate renaissance

Jeremy Cox, Principal Analyst Enterprise SolutionsOn February 15, Sage announced that it was selling off Sage ACT, Sage SalesLogix, and the Sage Nonprofit Solutions product suite (managed from the US), as well as four other non-CRM products in Europe. Ovum sees this as further evidence of Sage’s customer-focused transformation and desire to accelerate development of its core hybrid cloud and mobile applications portfolio.At last year’s Sage Summit, the company’s definition of what constitutes core did not include Sage CRM....

By Ovum StraightTalk, 18 February 2013, 1 comment. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, SaaS .

Cloud computing features heavily in 2013 CIO tech priorities

The importance of cloud computing in the overall tech sphere has again been emphasised in a Gartner report surveying over 2,000 CIOs on their technology priorities for 2013.

Cloudy areas featured heavily in the top 10 priorities for CIOs, with cloud computing itself – alongside software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) ranked at number three.

Elsewhere, legacy modernisation – a big element of companies moving into cloud-hosted solutions...

By James Bourne, 17 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Forecasts, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS .

Cloud survey from Asigra shows data backup trends

A survey commissioned by Asigra and conducted by TechValidate has found security as the primary concern with storing data in the cloud.

Of the companies surveyed, security (21%) was the biggest concern, followed by location of company data (7%), cost (3%), cloud service provider going out of business (3%) and user error leading to data loss (3%).

There is a reason if these numbers appear particularly low – the top answer for respondents was “all of the above” (59%).

So, evidently, the...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Research, SaaS .

Study shows differences between cloud users and non-users

A cornerstone study into cloud computing in the UK has revealed the key difference in opinion between cloud users and non-cloud users.

The study, from Raconteur Media and written by Mike O’Driscoll entitled ‘Navigating the Cloud’, had a relatively small survey base – just under 250 completed at least part of the survey – but of that number, there was a lot of clout – 84% saw themselves as the key IT decision maker.

Again, software as a service (SaaS) proved itself to be the...

By James Bourne, 23 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: PaaS, Research, SaaS , Security.

IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS clouds continue to evolve

By Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software

Cloud computing is an increasingly multi-faceted phenomenon. It continues to quickly evolve not just at private and public cloud levels (and increasingly in the continuum between these two extremes) but also at infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and software-as-a-service (SaaS) levels.

In the Ovum report, 2013 Trends to Watch: Private and Public Clouds, Ovum advises that cloud service providers and consumers need to take into account...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 20 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, SaaS .

Gartner: PaaS market to hit the billions globally

The latest round of research data from analyst house Gartner reveals that worldwide platform as a service (PaaS) revenue is on target to hit $1.2bn (£754m) by the end of 2012.

This figure represents an increase from $900m (£565m) from the previous year, and integrates various sub-aspects of the PaaS infrastructure, such as aPaas (application platforms as a service) and iPaas (integration platforms as a service).

Following the prediction through fully, Gartner believes the platform as a service...

By James Bourne, 19 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, PaaS, SaaS .

SaaS “continues to be entryway” for cloud platforms, says Symform

Recent research from Symform has shown that software-as-a-service (SaaS) continues to be the most mature cloud market, but platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is lacking by comparison.

The survey of over 500 respondents showed that nearly four in five (79%) companies surveyed in the cloud were using SaaS, yet nearly half (48%) of companies in the cloud were not planning on utilising PaaS at any time during the next 12 months.

This correlates with

By James Bourne, 12 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: PaaS, Research, SaaS , Security.

Securing clouds and taking educated steps

The most common objections for holding back SaaS (Software as a Service) adoption, as reported from end customers, are ‘security’ and ‘reliability’.

This is interesting when you consider that SaaS Security is consistently reported as the fastest growth area of SaaS. This ‘security’ objection usually stems from the customers’ perspective; they are concerned about the security of their data held outside their perimeter by the cloud provider.

By Ian Moyse, 12 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , Security, SLA.

Can the cloud assist the banking industry?

The banking industry has faced a vast number of challenges recently and continues to do so, particularly with increasing regulations, unhappy customers, strengthening competition and decreasing levels of profitability.

So, in a time full of change, it would seem that...

By VI, 14 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infographic, SaaS .

Zscaler gets £24m VC fund for increased cloud security

Zscaler, the SaaS cloud security company, has for the first time received venture capital investment to the tune of £24 million ($38m), mainly from Lightspeed Venture Partners.

The San Jose startup was traditionally funded internally, but according to Zscaler the money will be used to “further accelerate its go-to-market strategy, and further develop its cloud security offering with a high emphasis on mobility”.

In other words: it’s not because Zscaler needs the cash, more upgrading...

By James Bourne, 30 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Security.

KPMG: Why is the SaaS cloud market expanding rapidly?

A new report from consultants KPMG has shown that software as a service (SaaS) is expanding rapidly, and the threat of a double dip recession is purportedly driving cloud adoption.

It’s a reasonable enough assumption – companies moving to the cloud often do so in the hope of reducing cost, after all – and it appears SaaS is the best model with which to achieve that aim, although there are still some worries for CIOs to consider.

The key factors that are driving growth in the global SaaS...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Research, SaaS , Security.

Are companies spending more and more on the cloud?

According to analysis from research firm Frost and Sullivan, over half of Australian companies using cloud computing services are spending 10% of their budget on the cloud.

Further research revealed that 70% of Australian enterprises in the cloud are looking to boost their services “significantly” in the next 12 months.

The overall research into Australian business showed:

  • 53% of companies using cloud computing services spend more than one tenth of their IT budget on cloud solutions
  • 31% spend more than 20% of their budget on the cloud
  • Perhaps...

By James Bourne, 14 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Migration, SaaS , Security.

How a SaaS product shook the foundations of its on-premise rival

What’s an example of on-premise software being threatened by the emergence of a SaaS upstart operating in the cloud?  Answer: Mint Vs. Quicken

Quicken, for years, had cultivated a devoted base of users who waited for each new version of the software to appear from Intuit. This nifty little personal finance tool is easier to use than QuickBooks albeit more limited in scope.  

Then came along this amazingly simple and intuitive online offering called

By VI, 30 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, SaaS .

Companies gaining more trust in the cloud, says survey

The annual North Bridge Venture Partners survey into cloud computing trends has revealed that more and more companies are starting to get their heads around cloud as a concept, among other findings.

The survey, entitled ‘2012 Future of Cloud Computing’, utilised supporting evidence from major players such as VMWare and Microsoft and is in collaboration with the 451 Group.

Now in its second year, the survey also noted that whilst software-as-a-service (SaaS) is still the leading service used,

By James Bourne, 21 June 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Forecasts, SaaS , Scalability.