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