Category: SaaS

Mar 03 2006

SaaS “not Sassy”

"The Internet-hosted software model has arrived, but hasn’t matured" is the message from a US conference on Software as a Service (SaaS), according to SaaS is OK, but Not Yet Sassy, an article on Red Herring. Adoption issues included integration with older packaged software systems and many SaaS vendors’ lack of a track record. However, …

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Feb 27 2006

ISO27001 certification (2)

Last week, following BIW’s hosting infrastructure achieving BSI certification, I discussed ISO/IEC27001 and Cadweb’s claims regarding compliance. Someone at Cadweb either read the BIW news release or this blog, for this evening I notice that Cadweb’s page on legal admissability has been updated to refer throughout to "BS 7799 / ISO 27001" (a format used …

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Feb 23 2006

Collaboration consolidation (3): Citadon targets Constructware users

It’s taken just over a week, but at least one US competitor to the combined Autodesk/Constructware offering (see previous posts) is trying to tempt any disaffected customers away. Citadon is offering a "Special Migration Program for Constructware Customers and Partners". Citadon aims to help firms "respond to business challenges" resulting from Autodesk’s recently announced plan …

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Feb 20 2006

ISO27001 certification

Soon after my earlier post "The perils of vendor questionnaires", I started updating BIW’s website in connection with the issue of compliance with international standards (I link the two items as standards compliance frequently features in vendor questionnaires). Updates were necessary as British Standard BS7799 Part 2 was superceded last October by a new global …

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Feb 20 2006

The perils of vendor questionnaires

The NCCTP recently considered a questionnaire produced by the DTI-funded Avanti project (the questionnaire itself was apparently based on similar ones issued by a couple of major UK contractors as invitations to tender, ITTs) to get basic information about UK extranet vendors, their hosting, and system functionality. One outcome would be the publication of this …

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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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