Tag: SaaS

Sword Group acquisition

The Sword Group (December 2007 buyer of troubled Anglo/US construction collaboration vendor CTSpace – see post) has been on the UK company acquisition trail again, buying Glasgow-based on-premises contact centre software developer Graham Technology. Update (2 April 2008): The value of the deal wasn’t originally announced, but Scottish newspaper reports (eg: The Herald) suggest a …

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Online project management

A different type of software to construction collaboration technologies, project management applications remain an important part of the project manager’s armoury, with Microsoft Project and Primavera among the most widely used. However, these traditional client/server tools face competition from a growing range of online tools. Earlier this week, webware.com‘s Rafe Needleman briefly reviewed three offerings in Kiss Microsoft Project Goodbye, …

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Large enterprise SaaS adoption on the rise

  Large enterprise adoption of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has increased by a third over the last year, according to a survey by analyst firm Forrester Research. In a report published last week (Competing in the Fast-Growing SaaS Market – just US$279), it said SaaS adoption in large enterprises now stands at 16 percent, up a third …

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Web 2.0 and construction collaboration

A recent white paper from Parity presents some conclusions from a survey undertaken by Bournemouth University. Web 2.0 – More than Social Networking looks at current levels of Web 2.0 adoption and understanding across UK industry, and reveals that almost half of UK senior managers do not understand the business benefits associated with embracing Web 2.0 …

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Sword Group 2007 results

Sword Group, the France-based IT group that late last year acquired UK construction collaboration SaaS technology vendor CTSpace for just £6.5m, announced its annual results for the year ending 31 December 2007 yesterday. The group turned over €179m [£138m], up 26% from €142m [£109m] in 2006, generating a net profit of almost €19m [£15m], up from £16m. …

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CTSpace sold for just £6.5m

Further to Tuesday’s post about the former BuildOnline construction collaboration technology business, I have been piecing together more of the corporate changes leading up to Sword Group‘s acquisition of CTSpace. In the process, I have found a reference to the amount paid by Sword to acquire CTSpace in December 2007 – which, in view of the …

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FTP security hole

Particularly in the early days of marketing construction collaboration technology solutions, we used to get occasional suggestions that online solutions were unnecessary as “our IT department has set up an FTP site for us to manage all that file-sharing”. Hopefully, those days are long gone, but for any construction businesses that may still be contemplating reliance …

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Lurking in the shadows

Shadow IT is a term used to refer to those people performing IT functions within an organisation but who are not actually part of the official IT department. It can take many forms – from innocent reliance on advice from the unofficial Excel expert at the next desk, through use of work-arounds to bypass corporate systems, to the …

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CADaaS continued

Further to yesterday’s post, I (and several others) have commented on Brian Seitz’s initial article, and the comments and Brian’s responses make continued interesting reading. Scott Boutwell echoed my view about who might develop a CADaaS solution, asking ‘where are the major CAD vendors in this area of product development and future committment?’ As I commented, …

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SaaS – the killer app for CAD?

Evan Yares’ CAD blog alerted me to a great article by Brian Seitz among the COFES blogs. Brian asks: Is SaaS the Killer App for the CAD Industry?, suggesting that: “the business model most major CAD vendors operate under – market share and maintenance annuities – is showing its age.  It will not be long before an innovative …

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