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There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share?  Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements. So many that I’ve been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this segment. There are several lists that are excellent points of reference – The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing, 85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud, and The VAR Guy’s SaaS 20 Index. Large technology companies like AT&T, EMC / VMware, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Unisys, and others that come to mind have not been included below in the top 20 that are gaining mind share... (more)

The Death of the Office

It’s Friday and because it’s Friday we want to talk about getting out of the office. Sure, everyone probably has some solid plans for the weekend however we can all agree on one thing, the best part of the weekend is getting out of the confines of our offices. With this in mind, we want to take this time to chat about the advent of Cloud based solutions and how they are impacting the physical office space. Looking For Collaboration in the Cloud “Cloud storage solutions have overtaken traditional storage solutions in every format possible. From the user perspective, Dropbox has 175 million active users, Microsoft SkyDrive has 200 million active users and Google Drive has a few hundred million active users. It’s safe to say Cloud storage solutions are in their hey day.” Workplace collaboration is something every CEO, COO and manager hopes for. Within the physical work ... (more)

Global Consumer Cloud Services Industry

NEW YORK, Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:   Global Consumer Cloud Services Industry http://www.reportlinker.com/p0960392/Global-Consumer-Cloud-Services-Industry.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=IT_Hosting   This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Consumer Cloud Services in US$ Million by the following Segments: Cloud Gaming, Cloud Music (includes Paid Music only), Cloud Mobile Applications, Cloud VoIP, and Other Cloud Services (includes E-mail Services, Storage/ Backup Services, and Social Networking Services. Social Networking Services, and excludes Social Gaming). The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Europe, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2009 through 2018. The report prof... (more)

Research and Markets: Big Data in Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/h9lstg/big_data_in) has announced the addition of the "Big Data in Customer Relationship Management (CRM)" report to their offering. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is a model of managing relationship and interaction between company and customer. This includes using technology for organizing, automating, and synchronizing all customer-related information like sales, marketing, services, support and more. Big Data represents more than just a collection of data sets that form a large quantity of data, which is difficult to process using traditional data processing applications. Big Data also represents a big business opportunity it is poised to do more than just improve CRM. Big Data and related analytics systems and processes are poised to revolutionize customer-provider relationships, interact... (more)

Global Customer Cloud App Market 2014-2018

  DUBLIN, Apr. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/hltx89/global_customer) has announced the addition of the "Global Customer Cloud App Market 2014-2018" report to their offering. (Logo:http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769) The analysts forecast the Global Customer Cloud App market to grow at a CAGR of 15.25 percent over the period 2013-2018. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increased need for effective storage. The Global Customer Cloud App market has also been witnessing that the increasing number of vendors leads to a decrease in the cost of cloud applications. However, the growing concern regarding data security could pose a challenge to the growth of this market. The report, the Global Customer Cloud App Market 2014-2018, has been prepared based on an in-depth m... (more)

Cloud Computing Development and Commercial Application - Data, Analysis and Forecasts to 2019

LONDON, Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report: Cloud Computing Development and Commercial Application - Data, Analysis and Forecasts to 2019 https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/2116631/Cloud-Computing-Development-and-Commercial-Application---Data-Analysis-and-Forecasts-to-2019.html Cloud computing continues to gain acceptance in business, enterprise and consumer markets. But can the momentum be sustained? Can current market prices remain? Will the infrastructure and security be satisfactory for the growing user base? With increased concerns over data ownership, will users remain satisfied with outsourced storage and access? We are now entering a stage of user acceptance, so can Cloud companies maintain their usage rates and stop churn? These are key questions as we enter the next phase of Cloud acceptance. This report will... (more)

Cloud Communautaire : la troisième voie (2e partie)

  Rappel Dans la première partie de cette analyse, j’ai présenté les trois grandes familles de Cloud Computing : - Cloud Public. - Cloud Communautaire. - Cloud privé. Les entreprises et les organismes publics vont, dans les années qui viennent, migrer l’essentiel de leurs applications sur ces différentes familles de «nuages». Quelles sont les démarches possibles, les priorités ? Démarche «classique» de migration vers le Cloud computing Elle est poussée par tous les acteurs historiques de l’informatique ; le mot le plus entendu dans cette démarche est : virtualisation. Il existe des dizaines de schémas comme celui-là qui, tous, font la même hypothèse : Un voyage vers le Cloud commence par la virtualisation de vos serveurs. Le discours est, en apparence, très cohérent, très rassurant : - Commencez par virtualiser tous vos serveurs. - Faites quelques expérimentation... (more)

CIOs Beware: Citizen Developers Are on the Loose

Gartner this week released a report entitled "Citizen Developers are Poised to Grow." The report by Gartner Analyst Eric Knipp describes how forces like more computer literate employees, cloud computing and better tools are fundamentally changing the role of IT. Eric paints a vision that in one stroke could eliminate the feared IT backlog: "Citizen developers leverage shared services and 4GL-style development platforms, releasing IT resources to do what they do best, if IT leaders allow it." Gartner argues that CIOs should enable business analysts to build "self-service" applications that can be managed centrally by IT. This puts IT in the role of providing a secure infrastructure while enabling business developers to implement business processes using 4GL-like tools. According to Eric, "CIOs who attempt to block citizen developers are fighting a losing battle." Of c... (more)

Global Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software Industry

NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software Industry http://www.reportlinker.com/p01921270/Global-Customer-Relationship-Management-CRM-Software-Industry.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Solution_Integration This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software in US$ Million by the following Types: On-Premise CRM, & SaaS CRM. The Global market is further analyzed by the following Functional Areas: Sales Force Automation, Customer Support, Marketing Automation, and e-commerce. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 200... (more)

Top Five Tips for Choosing a Small Business CRM

When small business owners think of software, they think of email, file management, and…. CRM. Shorthand for “Contact Relationship Management,” CRMs help businesses organize their customers, leads and sales. Important stuff. Unfortunately, choosing a CRM isn’t easy. The Google Apps marketplace lists 90 of ‘em: GetApp has over 280. There are thousands more (and they all sound the same). How’s a business owner to choose? We review (and break) new CRMs every week, so we’re pretty confident when we spot a good one. Here are 5 tips for choosing your own CRM – hope it helps! #1 Choose a usable CRM Usability matters. A lot. As you try new systems, pay due attention to the experience. How intuitive is navigation? Can you find what you’re looking for? Will employees enjoy this? Does it make their job easier? It’s tempting to pick CRMs solely for their feature set, but reme... (more)

Security Solutions Discussed by Industry Leaders in SecuritySolutionsWatch.com Interviews With HP, ImageWare Systems, March Networks, Nuance, StrikeForce, Xcluesiv Cloud Technology

RYE BROOK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 03/06/14 -- ImageWare Systems, Inc. (OTCQB: IWSY) and StrikeForce Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: SFOR) ***** HP Enterprise Services Mr. Rob Wigley, Director, Cybersecurity Consulting Services, HP Enterprise Services, U.S. Public Sector, told us, "Without question, adversaries have become smarter, better organized, and more persistent as they seek to cause disruptions and access intellectual property and other sensitive information. The number of cyber threats is proliferating faster than many organizations can defend. Many companies and global governments have been subjected to some very sophisticated and targeted attacks, which have had a significant impact on their mission. This includes some recent extremely high-profile breaches conducted by insiders. In order to address these threats, first and foremost an organization needs to ha... (more)