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This is why big data is the sweet spot for SaaS

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When it comes to using big data technology effectively, there’s a lot to like about SaaS.
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SaaS, cloud and mobile to reshape software market - Computer Business Review

SaaS, cloud and mobile to reshape software market
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Software-as-a-service (SaaS), cloud, IT consumerisation and mobile are expected to impact the software industry in the coming days, according to a report by PwC.
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PwC produces some outstanding #software research.  This latest study shows the how #SaaS is becoming a growing force in the software industry - driven by consumer demands and customer expectations.


It's no secret that increasingly on-prem solutions are only being considered if there is no SaaS product that can do the job.



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Have You Seen Your Online Reputation? [Infographic]

The digital revolution has made it increasingly difficult for a brand to maintain control of its online reputation.

Via Bonnie Burns
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A simply outstanding infographic from MDG Advertising about why Online is so important to any brand these days.

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Bonnie Burns's curator insight, May 21, 2013 8:45 AM

While positive posts can have a great effect on brand image and sales, negative talk can cause serious harm that could damage a brand for the long-term. This is why it’s essential for a brand to constantly monitor its Internet image and do everything possible to ensure a strong online reputation, from keeping customers happy to continually engaging with the social media community and constantly updating content. The following infographic from MDG Advertising takes a deeper look into this.

CAEXI BEST's curator insight, May 21, 2013 8:53 PM
Avez-vous vu votre réputation en ligne? [Infographie]
Bonnie Burns's comment, May 22, 2013 8:04 AM
Yes Caesibest: I have seen my online reputation
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SurPaaS Transforms Software Applications Into SaaS - MSPmentor

SurPaaS Transforms Software Applications Into SaaS - MSPmentor | Cloud | Scoop.it
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SurPaaS Transforms Software Applications Into SaaS
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SurPaaS transforms applications to SaaS and can be deployed on any data center or cloud platform, the company said in its announcement.
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Interesting concept.


I know enough about "legacy applications" to seriously question whether some new product like MSPmentor can spinkle magic pixie dust onto a heap of old code and magically transform it into a "real" #SaaS application hosted in the #Cloud.  You know - multi-tenant and all that.


This sounds to me more like the circa 2000's hosted/ASP model.  Which is still a very valuable capability!!! But please skip the marketing hype.  


If it's not multi-tenant, it's NOT SaaS.  It's simply a legacy app running in hosted mode. Tell it like it is, folks.

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This is why big data is the sweet spot for SaaS

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When it comes to using big data technology effectively, there’s a lot to like about SaaS.
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We Live in A SaaS World [Infographic] - Business 2 Community

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We Live in A SaaS World [Infographic]
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Salesforce was the first SaaS built from scratch to achieve rapid growth.
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Understanding the Cloud | Bell Business Blog

Understanding the Cloud | Bell Business Blog | Cloud | Scoop.it
Many of the business applications you used to buy in a store as software-in-a-box – including accounting, bookkeeping and invoicing programs – are now available in the cloud (you've probably heard it called SaaS, which just ...

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“Why Cloud?” vs “What’s Next For Cloud?” | Cloud Computing Journal

“Why Cloud?” vs “What’s Next For Cloud?” | Cloud Computing Journal | Cloud | Scoop.it
Cloud Computing (RT @CloudGathering: RT @HaleChris: Why Cloud? vs What’s Next For #Cloud? @CloudGathering http://t.co/rqqZ4hHrvi #SaaS #CloudComputing < TY for RT!
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Idevnews | Survey: CIOs Bullish on Cloud Benefits, But Worry About SaaS Data Silos

Idevnews | Survey: CIOs Bullish on Cloud Benefits, But Worry About SaaS Data Silos | Cloud | Scoop.it
CIOs continue to grow more and more bullish about cloud solutions, with a whopping 92% saying that cloud provides business benefits, according to a recent survey. Nonetheless, IT execs remain concerned over how to avoid SaaS-based data silos.
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The Worst (And Best) Enterprise Cloud Strategies - Forbes

The Worst (And Best) Enterprise Cloud Strategies - Forbes | Cloud | Scoop.it
The Worst (And Best) Enterprise Cloud Strategies Forbes With all of the claims and counter-claims, the big money acquisitions and advertising hype, it's easy to get the impression that every big enterprise software company out there has easily made...
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Brad Peters is one of the smartest software people I know, and I know an awful lot of software folks.


I have enormous respect for his opinions - irrespective of whether I agree with them or not. I know that his opinions are well-considered, well-founded.

Brad accomplishes what he set out to do - to create a discussion on the topic. He makes perfectly reasonable observations about each of the companies he has chosen to mention.


There is no scientific method to compare vastly disparate organizations with respect to Cloud strategy and execution - so these kinds of "top 10" lists will always be a matter of personal opinion.


And then there is the matter of "what is Software and what isn't". I would agree with Brad that Amazon, Google etc. aren't "enterprise software". Yet would dispute the exclusion of Salesforce. It might have been easier just to say "traditional enterprise software vendors" (or something to that effect).


In any case, I consider this list to be a nicely informative perspective on the ten companies it mentions. And believe that Brad has done a nice job of profiling strengths & weaknesses for each.


For those who are considering establishing a relationship (or deepening an existing relationship) with the aforementioned vendors, strong consideration of Brad's opinions would be a wise move.

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Mostly bark, little bite in SAP's cloud offerings - InfoWorld

Mostly bark, little bite in SAP's cloud offerings - InfoWorld | Cloud | Scoop.it

Mostly bark, little bite in SAP's cloud offerings InfoWorld SAP had a turbulent start in the cloud computing space. In 2010, it launched Business ByDesign as a SaaS offering to resounding yawns from the cloud computing industry.


Via Stavros Samiotis
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This really illustrates how difficult it is for a traditional on-prem software company to be successful in the SaaS and Cloud world.  


So much - even (actually especially) the way the sales force is compensated so very different in the SaaS world.


Customer expectations are so very different as well.  So I'm not surprised to see SAP failing in this area.

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THINKstrategies’ SaaS/Cloud Daily

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THINKstrategies’ SaaS/Cloud Daily, by Jeff Kaplan: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos. (THINKstrategies' SaaS/Cloud Daily is out!
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I think very highly of Jeff Kaplan.  He's a really good thinker and a simply astonishingly good speaker/presenter/moderator.  This guy is magnetic in person.


Anyhow, his "Daily" is worth following.

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Your company's cloud strategy must come from the top

Your company's cloud strategy must come from the top | Cloud | Scoop.it
In 'shadow IT' era, developers and users have led cloud adoption, but the best approach is to start at the top (RT @christianve: RT @inishtech: Your company's cloud strategy must come from the top: SaaS adoption came from bottom up
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SoftwareHollis's comment, May 20, 2013 6:47 AM
That's why we are in such a world of hurt when it comes to all those SaaS information silos. Anybody with $25 to spend and 15 free minutes can create another new data silo for their corporation.
SoftwareHollis's comment, May 20, 2013 6:49 AM
It's for this reason that companies like Dell Boomi, Informatica Cloud, MuleSoft, SnapLogic are going like gangbusters.
SoftwareHollis's comment, May 20, 2013 6:50 AM
SaaS adoption needs to be both a top-down and bottoms-up strategy. Provide the infrastructure and integration and "governance lite" from the top, and allow the various functional groups to adopt best-of-breed SaaS applications that then plug into (and leverage) the infrastructure provided by IT for management, monitoring, QoS, Integration, etc.
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Cloud Jargon Unwound: Distinguishing Saas, IaaS and PaaS [Infographic] - ReadWrite

Cloud Jargon Unwound: Distinguishing Saas, IaaS and PaaS [Infographic] - ReadWrite | Cloud | Scoop.it
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Cloud Jargon Unwound: Distinguishing Saas, IaaS and PaaS [Infographic]
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We Live in A SaaS World [Infographic] - Business 2 Community

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We Live in A SaaS World [Infographic]
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The Montclair Advisors SaaS Daily

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The Montclair Advisors SaaS Daily, by Montclair Advisors: Following the Business of SaaS (Read The Montclair Advisors SaaS Daily ▸ today's top stories via @cloud_aware ▸ http://t.co/sj1xsU0lgV)...
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