SaaS

Creating competitive advantage with SaaS apps

We’re surrounded by change that’s driven by technology. A change that may have affected you is what’s happening in the taxi industry. After years of low-tech, in the moment, on the street, interaction, taxi services now have to innovate to hold off their app-based disruptors, Uber and Lyft. Or, think of retail — even a […]

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Polish startup launches cloud-based e-textbook platform

In 2012 when Poland launched its “Digital School” initiative, one goal was to make e-textbooks and other educational resources, such as interactive maps, films, and audiobooks, available to teachers and students in K-12 schools on an online platform. The problem at the time, though, was that publishing houses hadn’t adopted a common e-learning platform or […]

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IBM and Box link up to integrate enterprise cloud offerings

It’s a match made in cloud. IBM and Box have announced a partnership that’s already been labeled “huge,” “wide-ranging,” and “major.” Box will fold IBM Watson analytics and security into its current capabilities, and allow users to store their data on the IBM Cloud. IBM, meanwhile, will incorporate Box into its email and enterprise applications, […]

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The state of cloud computing in Europe

Cloud computing is the most touted technology in the global business landscape today. Europe is no exception. There are two main ways we’re seeing businesses take advantage of the cloud in Europe. First, there are the smaller, innovative, and born-on-the-cloud startup companies that use it to help them disrupt existing industries by getting to market faster […]

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Three imperatives for a successful hybrid cloud model

Increasingly, organizations are looking to cloud services to respond to the need for speed, flexibility and containing costs. As cloud becomes more strategic to the business, the hybrid cloud is becoming the optimal method for delivering services in a predictable and secure manner. Hybrid cloud environments allow businesses to quickly react to market changes and […]

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How cloud will bring robots down to Earth

The term “cloud robotics,” is relatively new, having been coined in 2010 by James Kuffner while at Carnegie Mellon. Five years later, cloud robots exist mainly in the lab. But it’s the combination of cloud and robotics that will eventually enable self-driving cars. And industries as varied as healthcare, transportation, and emergency response are looking […]

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Local Motors: Building a community, and cars, in the cloud

A new kind of car manufacturer relies on the cloud to keep its virtual community of designers in sync If you’ve heard of Local Motors, it may be because of an audacious stunt the company pulled at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January, using a giant 3-D printer to print a car called […]

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10 key cloud considerations for small businesses

It’s a well-known fact that cloud offers small businesses the means to start and scale quickly. But while many small businesses have already taken full advantage of cloud services, a new report from cloud services provider RightScale says that a full 30 percent of small businesses still have no plans or remain on the sidelines […]

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Brian Alvey: The real creative cloud is made of people

Over two decades, serial entrepreneur Brian Alvey has helped start more than a half-dozen companies, from an early blog network that included Engadget and Autoblog, to his just-launched crowdfunding platform, Recurrency. Along the way, he’s helped pioneer the concept of cloud-based collaborative content-management systems with Crowd Fusion and its successor, Ceros, where he still holds […]

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3 ways to get competitive with SaaS

Companies often adopt software as a service (SaaS) to reduce costs. In so doing, many are surprised to find that cost savings is not the only benefit they reap.  A study, conducted by IBM examining almost 900 companies that adopted SaaS, found that nearly half credited SaaS with helping them to gain a competitive advantage […]

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4 benefits of making cloud service delivery agile

Agile software development methodology has been around for many years. The Manifesto for Agile Software Development was released in 2001 and its practices have been widely adopted in developing a software product. But what about using agile methodology to deliver a service project? Traditionally, a contract is created to define the scope of the work, deliverables, […]

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Find your perfect cloud adoption pattern

When a company embraces the cloud, it must decide which adoption pattern best fits the workloads it plans to migrate to the cloud. That decision shouldn’t be made lightly—the more informed IT pros are going into the process, the easier it will be. In this post, I’ll outline how you can find the right cloud adoption pattern for your […]

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