Category: SaaS

Apr 12 2006

Crystal Report tools

Meridian Systems, one of the leading US providers of construction project management software, has announced that users of its Prolog solution can now use Crystal Reports, the enterprise reporting tool from Business Objects. Meridian’s 7 April release says it has signed an OEM agreement with Business Objects to integrate Crystal Reports XI within the Prolog …

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Apr 11 2006

Salesforce outage PR embarrassment

Public relations can be a double-edged sword. When a business has something to announce, it is a vital tool, but get the timing wrong and the business can regret ever opening its mouth. Take Salesforce.com for instance. I have discussed this ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS) business before, notably for its service outages earlier this …

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Apr 02 2006

Autodesk completes Constructware purchase

On Friday 31 March, Autodesk announced that it had completed its $46 million acquisition of on-demand software vendor Constructware. The latter’s website promptly disappeared and you are now redirected to pages about Autodesk Constructware – sorry, make that "Autodesk® Constructware®" as ‘Constructware’ is now another registered trademark of Autodesk Inc. Among a fairly comprehensive re-branding, …

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Mar 28 2006

“On-demand vendors: do as I say, not as I do”

Phil Wainewright’s lastest post points out an irony in the offerings of many Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers: "… many of the leading names operate their own data centers. This seems somewhat illogical, if not downright hypocritical. On the one hand, they ask their customers to rely on a third party to provide mission-critical business applications. But …

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Mar 27 2006

Harvard conference, March 2006 (5)

Perhaps my final note on the Harvard Conference earlier this month (see previous link)…. I recently received a post-conference ‘thank-you’ email sent by Burcin Becerik to all delegates to the event; the email includes a useful link to the conference presentations and other information. The same link also gives details of how to acquire a …

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Mar 22 2006

Direct marketing works

As a PR/marketing professional working in the IT world, it is sometimes easy to forget that offline marketing techniques still have their place. While I have become a little disenchanted with trade shows, BIW still experiments with such events (next month, one of my colleagues will be at an IT Showcase event in Leeds, and …

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Mar 20 2006

SaaS making headway

Allen Bernard in ASPnews.com, in an article SaaS Making Headway (Again), writes about the growing acceptance of the Software as a Service (SaaS) model as the likes of IBM, Microsoft, SAP and Oracle throw their weight behind the approach. He quotes some high-flying hype from an IBM press release "Pacific Crest predicts the SaaS market …

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Mar 20 2006

Collaboration consolidation (5)

At WorldCADaccess, Ralph Grabowski linked to an Engineering News Record interview with Scott Unger, CEO of Constructware, undertaken soon after the proposed acquisition by Autodesk was announced. Much of the piece focuses on how Constructware got started, but there were a couple of questions looking to the future. Q: You were recently acquired by Autodesk. …

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Mar 10 2006

Harvard conference, March 2006 (4)

It’s been a fascinating day here in Boston. The Harvard Graduate School of Design hosted a conference which brought together well over 100 people from all over north America (plus a handful from the UK) to discuss its research and the implications for the US construction industry. Burcin Becerik summarised some of the key findings …

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Mar 09 2006

Harvard conference, March 2006 (3)

I have just returned from the opening reception and dinner of the Harvard conference on construction collaboration technologies. I encountered some familiar faces (from the UK: Tim Blower from Business Collaborator and his client Marek Suchocki from Atkins/Bank of Scotland; from the US: Burcin Becerik and Spiro Pollalis of Harvard Graduate School of Design), and …

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