Tag: SaaS

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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IBM targets SME collaboration with SaaS Bluehouse

A few years ago, my young children would rise at unfeasibly early hours of the day and watch kids TV, including a programme called Bear in the Big Blue House. I was reminded of this when reading news of a new offering from IBM: a web-delivered service that provides extranet services to SMEs (aka SMBs) …

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IT project failures: SaaS to the rescue

Hardly a month goes by, it seems, without news of yet another government IT project running late, going over-budget or not working as it was envisaged. High time then that public agencies switched from conventional software to Software-as-a-Service. Not just my opinion, but also one shared by a senior US official in the Bush administration …

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SaaS and construction collaboration in 2008 (2)

Continuing my thinking about some trends for 2008 (see yesterday’s post), here’s my next prediction…. 3. Collaboration vendors to push SaaS and sustainability Vendors of construction collaboration technologies have generally been pretty upbeat about the contribution their systems can make to helping construction project teams work more sustainably (see my first IT and sustainable construction post). The usual examples …

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Gartner’s IT “discontinuities”

  I read with interest anything emanating from the Gartner information technology research and advisory group, and recently read the views of one of its vice-presidents, Tom Austin, about five factors – “discontinuities” – changing the way that IT organizations operate: Web 2.0-style applications software as a service (SaaS) global-class computing “consumerization” of IT, and open …

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2008: SaaS will soar, SaaS will surge

SaaS Bloggers’ 2008 predictions have started to emerge. Jeff Kaplan has written his Top Ten Reasons Why On-Demand Services Will Soar in 2008, quickly followed by Phil Wainewright‘s Eight reasons why SaaS will surge in 2008, and the picture is very positive. Despite forecasts of a recession, both Jeff and Phil suggest economic factors will favour SaaS. Jeff writes: “… …

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Reviewing 2007

Last year, I made five ‘Extranet Evolution’ 2007 predictions. Were they correct? 1. Growing acceptance and use of web-based collaboration tools within the UK construction industry It was something of a no-brainer. The continued revenue growth trends of the leading UK-based vendors shows there is a strong appetite for the applications. I was also encouraged by the …

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CTSpace put to the Sword

Just 53 weeks after its last major ownership change, SaaS construction collabaration technology vendor CTSpace (the result of a merger between UK-based BuildOnline and US-based Citadon) has been acquired by the international Sword group of IT companies (as far as I can tell, no value for the transaction has been given). The news came in a …

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Collaboration: standards, viewing, plus industry education

Lachmi Khemlani, founder and editor of AECbytes, recently attended an AIA conference in the US, and her latest AECbytes newsletter describes some interesting sessions, including ones on business processes, automated code checking, digital project workflows and cooperative design. To give you a flavour, I’ve picked out a couple of items. Business processes The business process …

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SaaS growth in Asia

Three months ago, I wrote about Springboard Research findings regarding the state of the software-as-a-service (SaaS) market in Australia and New Zealand. Today, I received an email from Springboard’s Bhoorender Panwar attaching a press release headed: SaaS CRM Market in Asia Estimated to Grow 68% in 2007. Springboard estimates that the SaaS CRM market will grow …

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