Category: SaaS

Feb 20 2006

The email argument

So ubiquitous has email become that many people cannot imagine working without it. Indeed, it has become such an integral part of everyday corporate life that it has now become widely regarded as business-critical (witness the increasing use of Blackberries and similar devices by those who simply cannot bear to be out of email contact). …

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Feb 16 2006

Application Service Provider integration research

Having undertaken a PhD and been involved in numerous other research projects, I usually do my best to assist other researchers. I have been contacted by Robert Johnson, a doctoral student at Brunel University, who wants people to help him with his research into ASPs. Robert says he is: "looking at the perceptions that are …

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Feb 14 2006

What makes on-demand better?

Phil Wainewright’s latest post outlines six characteristics of on-demand applications that make them superior to conventional packaged software: Ready to run Pay as you go Short learning curve Codeless customisation Loosely coupled integration Constant monitoring and feedback Tweet

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Feb 13 2006

Collaboration consolidation (contd)

Perhaps a factor in Autodesk’s decision to acquire Constructware (see previous post) was Carl Bass, set to take over from Carol Bartz at CEO of Autodesk in May. Bass was previously COO at Buzzsaw so will have some detailed first-hand knowledge of the US collaboration market, and will have been aware of the relative strengths …

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Feb 08 2006

Collaboration consolidation in US: Autodesk to acquire Constructware

At this morning’s NCCTP marketing meeting, Nathan Doughty (Asite/Free Collaboration) and I talked about today’s news regarding Autodesk’s $46m acquisition of US on-demand extranet provider Constructware (see news release; something also picked up by AEC bloggers Ralph Grabowski and Randall Newton). Since the merger-mania of the post-dot.com bust era, this is perhaps the first major …

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Feb 06 2006

SAP: “a load of old SoSaaS”

"A load of old SoSaaS" is how Phil Wainewright describes SAP’s latest offering in the CRM sphere. The fundamental flaw is that SAP does not fully embrace the on-demand model at all; instead it sees the on-demand model as a way to get people to try out SAP’s application at a small-scale and then migrate …

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Feb 02 2006

Another salesforce.com outage

The ‘blogosphere’ has been blasting salesforce.com, which suffered another service outage earlier this week (read, for example, Salesforce.com Customers Grouse About Outages, Salesforce.com Crashes Again and Almost the last word on salesforce.com’s outage). There has been much talk about service level agreements (SLAs) – which salesforce.com doesnt’ offer while several of its competitors (eg: Netsuite, …

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Jan 25 2006

Kids today

Peter Cochrane’s blog at Silicon.com often delivers some interesting insights. I liked his latest piece – Kids today – in which he describes how new generations of IT users have little or no understanding of older technologies (he gives an example of a wi-fi-savvy eight-year-old with no experience of connecting to a network). I reckon …

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Jan 19 2006

Rok set on in-house capability

The print version of UK trade magazine Contract Journal has a monthly feature called ‘Company’ life in which CJ offers insights into working life within well-known construction groups. This uses a standard set of questions and includes one on whether the company makes use of project collaboration tools. The company under the spotlight in the …

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Jan 17 2006

Kajima Uses Buzzsaw to Help Win PFI Projects

Been there, done that…. This Autodesk Buzzsaw news release comes some four years after Kajima found BIW was the key to PFI success (subsequently signing a corporate deal). Tweet

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