cloud

  • The Promise, Progress And Pain Of Collaboration Software

    The Promise, Progress And Pain Of Collaboration Software

    Truly effective enterprise collaboration applications represent one of the most promising opportunities for cloud computing. Over the last decade, several SaaS companies have emerged that improve workplace collaboration, including well-known companies like Box and Yammer, as well as newer companies such as Quip, Cotap, Hall and Slack. Read More

  • Microsoft, SAP Strengthen Ties With Mobile, Data, Cloud Partnership

    Microsoft, SAP Strengthen Ties With Mobile, Data, Cloud Partnership

    Microsoft and SAP are two old-school enterprise vendors that have been partnering for almost 20 years, and this week their partnership is taking a pronounced leap into the future as they come together around cloud, mobile and big data products. To that end, the partnership involves 3 parts: The Cloud SAP plans to run several of its key cloud services on Microsoft’s Azure platform… Read More

  • What Every Cloud Vendor Knows (Or Ought to)

    What Every Cloud Vendor Knows (Or Ought to)

    Last week while I was the Gartner Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit, I noticed a sea change when I talked to vendors, especially cloud vendors who rely on subscription revenue. They invariably told me they have to help their customer succeed or they can just move on at the end of the contract. This has shifted the power in the sale from vendor to buyer and vendors are taking steps… Read More

  • Instart Logic Bags $26M in Series C Funding To Continue Reinventing Content Delivery Networks

    Instart Logic Bags $26M in Series C Funding To Continue Reinventing Content Delivery Networks

    Content delivery network company Instart Logic today received $26 million in Series C funding from KPCB, Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures and Tenaya Capital. The Series C is in addition to $17 million the company raised in earlier rounds. Instart Logic has a unique way of dealing with the content delivery problem. Read More

  • Anaplan Rakes in $100M In Series D Funding And Announces Anaplan Hub

    Anaplan Rakes in $100M In Series D Funding And Announces Anaplan Hub

    It’s a busy week for Anaplan: They open their user conference later today, announced $100M in new funding and introduced Anaplan Hub, a marketplace where customers can share and find pre-designed planning models ready to adapt and use. Company president and CEO, Frederic Laluyaux said you could think of the Hub like an app store for planners, but instead of containing apps or music… Read More

  • The Pressure On Enterprises To Transform Intensifies

    The Pressure On Enterprises To Transform Intensifies

    Business is under intense pressure to transform these days whether it’s finding ways to capitalize on mobile, social, the cloud or big data or taking it a step further and becoming a truly digital enterprise. That was the message this week at the Gartner Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit in LA –and as I listened to this lesson, I wondered how many people in that room were… Read More

  • Box Scores Huge Win With GE

    Box Scores Huge Win With GE

    Box announced a huge customer score this morning with General Electric agreeing to use Box across the entire organization. According to Box, this will involve rolling out the service to 300,000 GE employees across 170 countries. GE is betting that Box will help them collaborate internally and externally with partners and take advantage of mobile and the cloud. In a time when companies are… Read More

  • As Cloud Upends Traditional IT Sales Channel, Software Companies Eye End Users

    As Cloud Upends Traditional IT Sales Channel, Software Companies Eye End Users

    When I spoke to SugarCRM CTO Clint Oram last week, he sang a familiar refrain: The software sales process was changing profoundly from one which had been completely IT-focused to one centered on end users and business units — and this was due in large part to the ease of deployment brought on by the cloud. Read More

  • Aviso Aims To Take Guesswork Out Of Earnings Forecasts

    Aviso Aims To Take Guesswork Out Of Earnings Forecasts

    Aviso came out of stealth mode today with the goal of helping companies provide more accurate earnings forecasts. K.V. Rao, co-founder and CEO at Aviso explained that the company has been working on the problem for two years and they hope to make earnings forecasting, which when wrong can cost companies millions in market cap, less about gut and instinct and more about data-driven… Read More

  • Tidemark Adds Finance Playbooks And $32M In New Funding

    Tidemark Adds Finance Playbooks And $32M In New Funding

    Tidemark, a business financial forecasting startup, today announced a major upgrade to their product and another $32M in funding. The product update, which CEO Christian Gheorghe described as a major upgrade, allows you to model the old board books, full of Excel spreadsheets. But because you are in a digital format, instead of a static printed book or .pdf, you can drill down into any… Read More

  • IBM Launches New Cloud Services Marketplace

    IBM Launches New Cloud Services Marketplace

    This week at IBM’s Impact Conference in Las Vegas, it announced a new cloud marketplace, a central place for customers to shop for IBM cloud services and those from third-party partners. Over the last several years, IBM has been putting together a portfolio of cloud services from Softlayer for infrastructure, BlueMix for development and more than 100 cloud-based software services… Read More

  • FinancialForce Gets $50M Cash Infusion

    FinancialForce Gets $50M Cash Infusion

    FinancialForce.com, the ERP provider built on top of Salesforce.com, announced today they have received $50M from private equity investors, Advent International. The investment is actually part of a broader investment in UNIT4, FinancialForce.com’s majority investor. Salesforce.com is also a minority investor. UNIT4 remains the majority stakeholder, even after this investment from Advent. Read More

  • SAP’s New EVP And GM Of Mobile Sees Tech Trends Converging

    SAP’s New EVP And GM Of Mobile Sees Tech Trends Converging

    SAP’s new EVP and GM of Mobile, Rick Costanzo spent 15 years at BlackBerry. He saw the smartphone develop from its earliest days, and he’s excited to be working for SAP because he sees its mobile division as the glue holding together several tech trends. Read More

  • IBM Looks To The Cloud To Fight Disruption

    IBM Looks To The Cloud To Fight Disruption

    We are in an age of disruption and this is even more pronounced for a large technology company like IBM, but Big Blue finds itself in the position of having to reinvent itself yet again after surviving and even thriving through earlier technology transformations. Let’s not forget that IBM was once the king of mainframes, which was a great place to be until mainframes were marginalized… Read More

  • New IBM Services Target Security And Disaster Recovery

    New IBM Services Target Security And Disaster Recovery

    IBM has seen the technology world changing as much as any other vendor and that’s part of the reason it bought SoftLayer last year –to broaden its cloud offerings. Today, the company has built upon that, announcing new security and disaster recovery services that could make the cloud more attractive to companies that remain skeptical. One area the cloud excels in is… Read More

  • Zendesk IPO Bears Striking Similarities To Box

    Zendesk IPO Bears Striking Similarities To Box

    Zendesk announced its initial public offering today, a modest one at $150 million, but the S-1 filing in some ways bears striking similarities to Box’s a couple of weeks ago in that there is a lot of red ink here. Box also had a modest goal, although $100 million more than Zendesk’s at $250 million. Zendesk wrote in the Risks section, “We have a history of losses and we… Read More

  • AppDirect Raises $35 Million From Mithril To Grow Its Enterprise Cloud Marketplace

    AppDirect Raises $35 Million From Mithril To Grow Its Enterprise Cloud Marketplace

    AppDirect raised $35 million in a fresh round of financing for its service selling a white-label marketplace for business applications in the cloud. Read More

  • Cloudyn Launches Enterprise Chargeback Edition To Help Large Companies Better Manage Their Cloud Costs

    Cloudyn Launches Enterprise Chargeback Edition To Help Large Companies Better Manage Their Cloud Costs

    Lots of enterprises are moving to the cloud, but according to cloud monitoring and optimization service Cloudyn, what’s missing for many of them is insights into how their different business units are using various cloud services and how much they are paying for them. The company argues that C-level executives want more detailed insight into departmental, workgroup and user-based… Read More

  • Rackspace CTO On Price Cuts And The Commoditization Of The Cloud

    Rackspace CTO On Price Cuts And The Commoditization Of The Cloud

    Over the last few weeks, all the major cloud providers announced large price drops for most of their services. Rackspace CTO John Engates said at the Cloud Factory conference in Banff, Canada, today, that this is yet another example of the commoditization of the cloud. It seems Rackspace doesn’t quite believe this is the way to go. Read More

  • Enterprises Embrace Inflexibility Instead Of Change

    Enterprises Embrace Inflexibility Instead Of Change

    At the AIIM Conference this week in Orlando, it struck me that companies are remarkably inflexible when it comes to adopting new technologies, but the crowd at AIIM wasn’t alone. Perhaps nothing exemplifies this better than the brouhaha over the Windows Start button, a feature which, by the way, dates back to Window 95 — as in 1995. Read More