Category: SaaS

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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Jan 16 2006

Now traditional software is dead!

During the Christmas period, Software as a Service (SaaS) outages at TypePad and Salesforce.com (among others) prompted some to suggest the SaaS model was fatally flawed (see my 29 December post). Now, courtesy of Phil Wainewright, I read that "traditional software is already dead". He quotes, Jason Maynard, an analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston, …

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Jan 09 2006

Service outages (3)

Salesforce.com has suffered another service outage, but – according to Philip Wainewright – appears to have at least started to keep its users more informed. At least the outages don’t stop people from extolling the virtues of Software as a Service (SaaS). I have just read an article, Software As A Service: Nightmare Or Dream …

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Jan 04 2006

“Extranets” or “client workspaces”?

Beyond the architecture, engineering and construction industry, the legal profession was another field which took to ‘extranets’ in a big way. A Legal Technology News article suggests that the term may have morphed: into "client workspaces". The term may have evolved in the legal world, but I can’t see us shifting towards such a term …

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Jan 02 2006

Christmas working (2)

Since my pre-Christmas musings about those who might work over the holiday period, I have had chance to analyse traffic regarding users of BIW Information Channel. Despite the widespread UK AEC industry shutdown, there were still individuals who logged in to work between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. In total, BIW saw 553 logins …

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