Category: Business/Financial

Apr 23 2008

BuildOnline France: making heavy losses

I am indebted to occasional correspondent Emmanual Netter (see Une étude intéressante… (deux)) for providing me with some figures on the financial performance of the French arm of construction collaboration technology provider BuildOnline (part of CTSpace since December 2006) for the years 2003 to 2007 inclusive – based on information from the French equivalent of …

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Apr 22 2008

Incite – update

Two months ago (INCITE = ThinkProject!), I wrote about Australia-based construction collaboration provider Nexus Point and the Incite product. I have just received a helpful email from Sean Kaye, Nexus Point’s managing director, updating me on a few details. First of all, Nexus Point Solutions never had an agreement of any sort with Baulogis; the minority …

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Apr 20 2008

UK bid-rigging scandal

Before I went on holiday, there was speculation about how many companies would be identified by the UK’s Office of Fair Trading as being involved in construction bid-rigging (see Contract Journal for some background). On Thursday, it was revealed that 112 companies had been accused of rigging thousands of public sector contracts worth billions of pounds, including …

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Apr 08 2008

SaaS on the rise in Europe

Another survey reports growing interest in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), this time across Europe (see CRN news story). After last week’s BIW UK survey, this week it’s the turn of analyst IDC, who interviewed 2077 managers from European organisations with 20 employees or more. Their survey found 37% of IT decision-makers will use SaaS to replace or supplement their …

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Apr 04 2008

Site Waste Management Plans and collaboration platforms

  In England, Site Waste Management Plans (SWMPs) will become a legal requirement this weekend – from 6 April 2008 – and will affect anyone procuring, designing, planning or managing a construction project costing more than £300,000, plus suppliers to the construction industry, and environmental regulators ie: local authorities and the Environment Agency. Awareness of the …

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Apr 02 2008

Web-hosted software on the rise

Various IT publications and websites (eg: Infomatics) are covering market research commissioned by [my employer] BIW Technologies which suggests the global credit crunch could prove to be a boost to the software as a service (SaaS) sector, as businesses opt to spread software spending over a longer period, according to research. These are the headlines, …

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Apr 01 2008

More on Web 2.0

Just a few days after I wrote about Web 2.0 and a Parity white paper, Cisco has just released a study on the use of video and Web 2.0 technology in businesses worldwide (see also ebiz story). The survey, of 850 corporate IT decision-makers, revealed that, as consumer adoption has grown, so companies have begun to embrace …

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Apr 01 2008

Sword Group acquisition

The Sword Group (December 2007 buyer of troubled Anglo/US construction collaboration vendor CTSpace – see post) has been on the UK company acquisition trail again, buying Glasgow-based on-premises contact centre software developer Graham Technology. Update (2 April 2008): The value of the deal wasn’t originally announced, but Scottish newspaper reports (eg: The Herald) suggest a …

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Apr 01 2008

Coreworx

Just read a news release saying that Software Innovation, Ontario, Canada-based vendor of the Coreworx project collaboration application, is being acquired by Acorn Energy. Coreworx (“integrated document control, workflow and collaboration for capital projects”) is mainly used in the north American oil and gas, mining and power generation industries by owner/operators and engineering, procurement and …

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Mar 19 2008

Large enterprise SaaS adoption on the rise

  Large enterprise adoption of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has increased by a third over the last year, according to a survey by analyst firm Forrester Research. In a report published last week (Competing in the Fast-Growing SaaS Market – just US$279), it said SaaS adoption in large enterprises now stands at 16 percent, up a third …

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