Category: SaaS

Deltek in UK

An appearance was made at Wednesday’s ITCF conference by a stand from US accounting and ERP software vendor Deltek. I was aware of the business from monitoring various US-based websites, but I hadn’t appreciated that they were also active on the eastern side of the Atlantic (they have a London office and one in Welwyn …

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NCCTP AEC collaboration market research (2)

While serving on the panel of the NCCTP-sponsored stream session at yesterday’s IT Construction Forum annual conference at the Oval in London, I told the audience that the NCCTP was undertaking some market research into user opinions and experiences of the leading UK ‘extranet’ systems. The fieldwork, undertaken by independent market research agency Benchmark, is …

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eTenderer.com achieves RICS compliance

I notice from the latest news release on the website of UK construction collaboration technology vendor, Sarcophagus, that its online procurement solution, eTenderer, has been updated to be the first product of its type to comply with the RICS e-tendering guidelines. Version 2.0 will apparently be launched be publicly launched at the ITCF (IT Construction …

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BIW user conference 2006

No posts yesterday as I was managing the BIW user conference at the (fantastic) Oval conference centre in London. Previously, we used to run a series workshops for small groups (15-20 or so) at the BIW offices; this year, we decided to do one big event to promote greater interaction between users and with BIW …

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ITCF 2006 conference

As members of the event’s headline sponsor, the NCCTP, BIW Technologies (along with 4Projects, Asite, Business Collaborator and Sarcophagus) will be exhibiting at the IT Construction Forum’s 2006 annual conference at the Oval in London on 24 May. Representatives of the same NCCTP members will also be participating in an afternoon stream session focused on …

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WSP “driven by what our clients want”

The latest "Contract Journal" company profile (see Cyril Sweett on BIW in late March and Rok set on in-house capability in January) features consultancy business WSP. On the project collaboration tools question, Andy Scott, global IT director says: "… Internally, we have IBM TeamWorkplace and Microsoft Sharepoint. Externally, we’re driven by what our clients want …

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CRM: Hosted vs packaged

A Silicon.com article weighs up the pros and cons of hosted applications by reference to the CRM market. I am encouraged by its talk of "greater acceptance of applications hosting as companies warm to outsourcing" – if this is happening in the CRM arena, particularly among small or medium-sized businesses, then companies may also warm …

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Constructware and Autodesk

At AECCadalyst.com, an article, "Digitizing the Paper Trail", helps explain some benefits of using an online collaboration solution – in this case, Constructware. The final section mentions the recent acquisition of Constructware by Autodesk (see previous post) and gives a Constructware customer’s perspective (Debra Kunce, program director at design agency Schmidt Associates): Reflecting on the …

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Eight SaaS myths

Business Week has an interesting article by Jeffrey Kaplan of THINKstrategies detailing eight Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) myths: SaaS is still relatively new and untested. SaaS is just another version of the failed application service provider, or ASP, and hosting models of the past, and will suffer SaaS only relieves companies of the up-front costs of traditional …

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“Not if, but when: the future is SaaS”

Some commentators, it appears, are prepared to say that Software-as-a-Service will replace ‘on-premise’ as the dominant application software model, according to The Power in the Cloud, an article at ASPnews.com.

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