Tag Archive: on-demand

Nov 01 2010

Business steady at Sword CTSpace?

Monitoring the construction collaboration technology businesses formerly known as Buildonline and Citadon since the combined CTSpace operation was acquired by France-based Sword Group SA in late 2007 (post) is not easy, particularly when companies get merged with other, unrelated operations. From a close reading of various annual reports and some company feedback, I believe the …

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Mar 30 2009

Sword subsidiaries Cimage and CTSpace to merge

Just over 15 months ago, following the acquisition of CTSpace by the Sword Group, I briefly mentioned existing Sword subsidiary and UK-based EDMS vendor Cimage (see CTSpace put to the Sword). Last month, Sword announced that Cimage and CTSpace would become a merged entity, Sword CTSpace. MD of Sword CTSpace and operations director for Sword …

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Feb 09 2009

Deeper recession: SaaS and AEC

Since my post last month on the likely impact of the global financial crisis on the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market and on SaaS (and other ICT) providers in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sector in particular, I have seen one or two other SaaS bloggers echo my thinking. The latest is Jeff Kaplan. In Is …

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Sep 26 2008

The Three Es

At the beginning of the year (see 2008: SaaS will soar, SaaS will surge), I wrote about Jeff Kaplan‘s predictions for the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market. Amid recent financial turmoil on both sides of the Atlantic, he has again been urging people to consider SaaS in an article The Three Es That Will Drive On-Demand Services …

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Aug 26 2008

AEC’s Software-plus-Services player to deliver BIMaaS?

I have talked before about Microsoft‘s much-discussed Software-plus-Services strategy before (here, for example), and it strikes me that there is an interesting corporate parallel in Microsoft’s approach to the rise of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) in the attitude of Autodesk, albeit on a different scale. Like Microsoft, Autodesk has made its name by selling conventional, locally-hosted CAD …

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Jul 01 2008

Taywood path to Google email smoothed by SaaS-based collaboration tools

In UK builder switches email to Google Apps, Phil Wainewright describes how UK contractor Taylor Woodrow has migrated from a conventional in-house hosted email system to Google Apps, a step, he says, that confounds critics who suggest that the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based Google suite is not appropriate for enterprise adoption. I would also go one …

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Jan 28 2008

Why buy the cow?

Why Buy the Cow? is a book by Subrah Iyar, co-founder and general manager of WebEx, that sets out to explain the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) movement and Web 2.0. The title refers to an analogy used to describe the new generation of software vendors who, in effect, sell milk instead of forcing customers to buy cows to milk themselves. …

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Jul 30 2007

e-Builder makes its “major announcement”

I wrote last month about US construction collaboration vendor e-Builder and its impending major announcement. I waited well into July to see what this would be, but nothing appeared on the e-Builder website until just over a week ago when a release finally appeared, backdated to 29 June. e-Builder announced “the launch of e-Builder Enterprise 6.0, …

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Jul 05 2007

ShareWorkz: intranet and extranet collaboration

I, and several of my colleagues, have received emails from Microsoft VAR ICS Solutions about ShareWorkz, described as “a functionally rich, best practice intranet and extranet collaboration platform, based on Microsoft SharePoint technology, that enables you to build a collaboration solution in less than one hour”. While it describes itself as “a world first”, I guess …

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Apr 10 2007

From SaaS to ‘Webware’ (2)

Since my pre-Easter post regarding Phil Wainewright’s suggestion to rename Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) ‘Webware’, he says there has been some further debate, and he has started a poll. At 4pm GMT today, 69 votes had been cast and the leader was ‘webware’, gathering as much votes as ‘SaaS’ and ‘On-demand’ combined. (PS: If you are a …

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