Articles about software as a service

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Burger barn put cloud on IT menu, burned out its developers

In Australia fast-food history played out differently to the rest of the world and the nation no longer has Burger King. So when you want a Whopper down under you head to a chain called “Hungry Jack's” that is pretty much a BK clone. We mention the burger barn because Vulture South today encountered its CIO Bruce Nolte, who …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2016
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Adobe stops software licence audits in Americas, Europe

Adobe has stopped doing software licence audits in most parts of the world, according to Gartner research director Stephen White. White recently blogged about Adobe's decision, writing that “These programs were closed in the North America, Japan and Latin America markets as of November 2015. Closure of the EMEA program is …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Aug 2016
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Autodesk vapourises ten per cent of jobs to go completely cloudy

Autodesk, which is getting close to phasing out physical product sales, has announced it's also going to farewell 925 jobs, about ten per cent of its global workforce. The move comes less than two months after the company woke to find not one, but two “activist” investor funds on its share register: Eminence Capital and Sachem …
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SaaS outfit to users: Change password! Or don't. Oh, go on then

Online accounting enfant terrible Xero has apologised for telling too many people to change their passwords, when they didn't need to change their passwords even though it wouldn't hurt them to change their passwords. Xero has boiled up out of New Zealand with a SaaS accounting package that has sufficient smarts and looks that …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Oct 2015
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Redmond in rapid rebuild after sysadmin request STUNNER

Microsoft has released a few useful tweaks to System Center Advisor, its online log file analysis, monitoring and alerting service, and says actual users asked for the new features it has created. System Center Advisor emerged at TechEd North America, way back in May, and offers a graphical representation of log files emitted …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2014

You... (Sigh). You store our financials in a 'Clowds4U' account?

More than 80 per cent of employees use software that has not been signed off on for use by their employer, according to a new survey. Stratecast and Frost & Sullivan asked 300 IT staff and 300 "line of business" (LoB) employees at large companies that employ at least 1,000 people in the UK, North America, Australia and New …
OUT-LAW.COM, 9 Jan 2014
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SaaS superstars' cynical sales schemes make them dinosaurs-in-waiting

Distinguished Gartner analyst Robert P. Desisto has offered up an interesting theory: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) giants are on the way to making themselves so bloated and cynical you'll want to find new sources of software. Desisto (who we deeply hope has collaborated with someone surnamed Cease) popped his thoughts in a …
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Kiwi 'ccountancy cloud collects colossal cash casket

New Zealand software-as-a-service (SaaS) accounting software Xero has announced an injection of $NZD180m in funding, much of it it from US-based venture capitalists. The new fund raising is earmarked to “support continued global growth”. Xero's already growing quite nicely, thank you very much, having won more than 211,000 …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2013
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Numara crafts SaaS offerings, preps Oz hosting

Having bedded down its acquisition of local partner Salamander Services, Numara Software is now looking at how to put forward cloud-based services suitable for its channel model. The basic premise will be for Numara’s existing suite of service desk, migration, asset management and remote control software will be replicated: …
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The weakest link in Software as a Service

The delivery of cloud based application functionality via the Software as a Service (SaaS) model frequently sparks security-related concerns. In our latest workshop on hosted apps, Reg readers have been very forthcoming about their nervousness in this area. In parallel with the workshop, however, we have been gathering data …
Dale Vile, 26 Jan 2011
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Salesforce chief trades barbs for Larry love

OpenWorld 09 After years of fighting and trading shots, Salesforce.com has signaled a time out in the Web 2.0 switching and culture war with Oracle. Marc Benioff, Salesforce.com's chief executive, has not just guested at Oracle's OpenWorld event with a speaking turn: He also delivered a message of co-existence with his business- …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Oct 2009
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Multi-site bug exposes cloud computing's dark lining

More dark linings have been exposed in the cloud computing craze, this time by web security expert Russ McRee, who demonstrates how a flaw in a single provider can spell trouble for numerous customers it serves. In this case, the provider is software-as-a-service, or SaaS, provider Baynote, which offers search and other online …
Dan Goodin, 12 Mar 2009
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2009 - Thomas the Tank's journey to IT Hell

As Sodor wakes to a new year, Thomas and his friends notice some very disturbing things... The end of the IT world train is arriving at platform one Cheaper hardware and software prices in 2009 means that IT becomes an increasingly throwaway business. We're there with printers, and other plug-ins: expect much the same with …
The Register breaking news

That’s cloud computing. But not as we know it, Jim

Reg Reader Workshop Our thanks to the readers who recently took the poll which completed the Register's workshop on "cloud computing". Since the term is a bit of a marketing catch-all, we parsed it into software as a service, utility computing and online platform provision. We further broke down SaaS into generic, vertical and core applications. …
David Tebbutt, 24 Dec 2008
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Microsoft and HP get SaaSy with resellers

Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft hope to give its value-added resellers (VARs) a leg-up in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) game by schooling their channel partners on how to effectively sell the apps to SMB customers. Microsoft said today that under a new initiative with HP, the two companies plan to give VARs the tools and …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2008
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Salesforce.com apps integrate with Facebook and Amazon

Dreamforce 2008 In a world where "software as a service" was looking dated, Salesforce.com's has gone hip with Facebook and Amazon while taking swipes at Microsoft's attempts to be cool. Salesforce.com's chief executive Marc Benioff has unveiled Force.com for Facebook to integrate 260,000 of the social networks' applications with business …
Gavin Clarke, 3 Nov 2008
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History shaped Google's Trojan Horse

Analysis When people buy software - buy it in seriously large amounts - it isn't just today's binary they're choosing. They're buying what they think is a bit of the future - they're buying a piece of risk insurance. This explains why very mature and well-proven systems often lose out to the Newest Kid on the Block. It also explains the …
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Roll-your-own SugarCRM targets partners and enterprises

SugarCRM today announced a new edition of its on-demand customer relationship management (CRM) software service. Most noteworthy are the tools for partners and customers to roll out and manage their own versions of the software. Pencilled for a summer launch, SugarCRM Data Center Edition (DCE) is in beta testing today with …
Gavin Clarke, 21 May 2008

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