Category: SaaS

May 08 2006

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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May 04 2006

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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May 02 2006

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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Apr 25 2006

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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Apr 18 2006

“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. Tweet

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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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