Tag: Software-as-a-Service

Jan 25 2008

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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Jan 22 2008

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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Jan 17 2008

SaaS and construction collaboration in 2008

After Reviewing 2007, I started thinking about some predictions or trends for 2008. My first instinct was simply to repeat last year’s five, but that would be too easy. Instead, I have decided to update two, and add three new ones. Here are the first two (the others will follow over the next couple of days). …

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Jan 02 2008

More on Sword

After a blogging break over Christmas and New Year, I have started 2008 with another quick look at the Sword Group – which announced it had acquired construction collaboration technology vendor CTSpace on 21 December (see previous post). Reviewing the Sword Group’s offerings, it seems CTSpace will augment the parent’s existing enterprise content management (ECM) or document …

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Sep 07 2007

More SaaS stuff

Further to yesterday’s posting (and also my 16 July note), ASPnews.com has published two further articles from Julie Craig in its series on software-as-a-service (SaaS): The SaaS Steamroller (14 August) underlines the challenges traditional software vendors face if looking to re-engineer their businesses to become SaaS providers, while Weighing the Pros and Cons of SaaS …

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Aug 06 2007

Valuing a SaaS business

Last week, I briefly speculated on how you value an IT business, skimming across several alternative approaches before focusing on the ‘precedent’ approach in the context of UK construction collaboration software vendor 4Projects‘ MBO. I did suggest being a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business might improve its valuation, but I didn’t know by how much. Over the weekend, however, …

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May 04 2007

McKinsey says buy SaaS

In McKinsey says buy SaaS, Phil Wainewright summarises some research from McKinsey consultants (Time for the IT Industry to Take Notice) that presents some compelling economic arguments in favour of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS): “they say that SaaS has less financial risk for buyers, is cheaper to use and yet just as profitable for vendors.” The last …

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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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Apr 10 2007

Salesforce.com acquires Koral

In November and December 2006, I was talking about Koral, a content collaboration business set up by Mark Suster (former CEO of UK construction collaboration technology vendor BuildOnline) and two BO colleagues. Today, the Koral blog says Koral has been acquired by Salesforce.com – adding: “Our entire [nine-strong] team has joined salesforce.com to lead the content management …

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Mar 15 2007

Business Collaborator grows in 2006

According to the latest annual report (see Stock Exchange notice) from Coda plc, its subsidiary UK collaboration vendor Business Collaborator continued to grow in the year ending 31 December 2006: “We are delighted that the strong performance in 2005 has continued again in 2006. The membership of the SEDEX program (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) has continued …

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