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IaaS Resonates in Public Cloud Boom

An update on cloud services via a Gartner research update.  Small business takeaways are a view of peer moves and predictions.

Excerpt:  Gartner Research Director Ed Anderson says IaaS may eclipse SaaS in terms of market size based on a few factors, such as the “predominance of standardized services” – IaaS involving the purchase of raw computer power or storage capacity rather than the broad range of applications under SaaS – and increased enterprise comfort.

“We believe that the market has reached a tipping point now where we are moving to more mainstream adoption of cloud infrastructure services because consumers believe the models are viable, and there are good examples of the early adopters being successful.

Read full article via IaaS Resonates in Public Cloud Boom – Information Management Online Article.

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Digital Customer Centricity Profiler

Tool to help you measure and decide strategy.  Try it.

Excerpt: Your company will have its own unique digital capabilities mix. To understand best practices and see where your capability gaps lie, take the Digital Customer Centricity Profiler, developed by Booz & Company in partnership with Bazaarvoice, a Software as a Service (SaaS) company that turns social media into social commerce for top global brands by enabling authentic, customer-powered marketing.

In 10 minutes, this short survey will help you kick-start the process to assess whether you prioritize the right digital capabilities and how you can invest in talent and skills development to enhance them

Take the survey for your business  via Digital Customer Centricity Profiler.  From Booz&Co

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The Return of ERP—Not Your Father’s ERP

Don’t write off ERP… just upgrade to today’s version.

Excerpt……..The new ERP ideally will incorporate social networking, add gamification to make it easy to use and measure, and deliver it as a SaaS offering to make it fast and cost efficient. That certainly won’t be your father’s ERP. Maybe more like BFF (best friends for life).

Read full article..via The Return of ERP—Not Your Father’s ERP | Big Fat Finance Blog.

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SIIA Cloud/Gov Displays Federal Cloud Evolution

Interesting read and as the author points out…..what is happening in government transition to the cloud and reasoning mirrors the private sector….mindful, of course, of the challenges yet to be met in the cloud…   The report link is also worthwhile download.

Excerpt…..I was fascinated by the range of Cloud deployment that is occurring across the government, with the panels and keynotes painting a picture of accelerating adoption up and down the Cloud Ecosystem stack. This included a wide range of SaaS deployments, public and private cloud infrastructure (moving existing workloads, as well as deploying new workloads), growing use of PaaS (such as by the DOD) … as well as a variety of business process management capabilities.

As the keynote David McClure (from GSA) emphasized, the Federal government is facing a perfect storm of tight budgets, new technology and a new generation of CIOs that are poised to take advantage of the Cloud. This clearly mirrors what is happening in the private sector (see Lens 360 blog post, “CIO Insight: Importance of Cloud in IT Strategies/Plans Growing”). McClure emphasized that some of the key challenges associated with the Cloud still need to be resolved

Read full article…..via SIIA Cloud/Gov Displays Federal Cloud Evolution – Information Management Blogs Article.

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8 Great SaaS Shopping Carts

Article features 8 of the author’s favorite entrepreneurial and small business shopping carts to help you set up online with a minimum of capital outlay.

Excerpt……Hosted, software-as-a-service (SaaS) ecommerce solutions allow small online retailers to open functional online stores with a minimum in capital expense. While there are many good SaaS shopping carts on the market in the end of 2011, here are eight carts that are among my personal favorites.

Read full 8 with information…….via 8 Great SaaS Shopping Carts | Practical eCommerce.

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Bulletproof Contracts: No

Small business takeaways in SaaS contract points……… Good read…legal

Excerpt……I make light of the sort of legalistic word games typical of SaaS contracts, but given the constant stream of complaints from Gartner clients about this form of service, who can blame me for being more than skeptical? If a potential buyer is looking for a contract that clearly protects their interests, and is presented with an inflexible document that, in highly obtuse language, spends far more time describing what the vendor will NOT do than what they intend to do, why shouldn’t buyers be frustrated?

Read full article…..via Bulletproof Contracts.  From Gartner

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SaaS 101: 7 Simple Lessons From Inside HubSpot

This is a reprint from 2010 but well worth your read……the basics.

Excerpt…….it’s an article about things I’ve learned in the process of being a part of one of the fastest growing SaaS startups ever.

Read full article….via SaaS 101: 7 Simple Lessons From Inside HubSpot.  From OnStartups

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HBR is Sunny on the Cloud

More this morning on information technology and data management……current trends and offerings…..what this does or should mean to you…plus takeaways of how to assess your status and plan your pursuits.

Excerpt……“What Every CEO Needs to Know About The Cloud” was authored by Andrew McAfee from MIT’s Center for Digital Business. Having reported on McAfee’s science of business thinking previously, I expected the article to be thought provoking. I wasn’t disappointed.McAfee articulates the usual suspect categorizations of cloud usage models: raw computing infrastructure only – Infrastucture-as-a-Service (IAAS#; computing platforms set up for software development – Platform-as-a-Service #PAAS#; and platforms that host specific custom-built software applications ready for customer use – Software-as-a-Service #SAAS). The commonalities behind all three offerings include rent versus buy pricing, vendor responsibility for administration and support, and elasticity of available capacity to scale up to customer demand.“With cloud computing, companies lease their digital assets, and employees don’t know the location of the computers of the computers, data centers, applications and databases that they’re using … Customers don’t have to concern themselves with details; they just rent what they need from the cloud.”The article’s focuses are questions generally posed by executives: 1) What does the cloud mean for my IT department; 2) What are the risks/concerns of using the cloud; and 3) How should my company get started.

Read full article…..via HBR is Sunny on the Cloud.  From Information Management

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Gartner Says Worldwide Platform as a Service Revenue is on Pace to Reach $707.4 Million in 2011

Definition and projection…. ..the cloud need-to-know …  good read

Excerpt…….Worldwide platform as a service (PaaS) revenue is on pace to reach $707.4 million in 2011, up from $512.4 million in 2010, according to Gartner, Inc. The market will experience consistent growth with worldwide PaaS revenue totaling $1.8 billion in 2015.

“Cloud has three technological aspects — infrastructure as a service (IaaS#, platform as a service #PaaS) and finally software as a service (#SaaS),” said Fabrizio Biscotti, research director at Gartner. “While #SaaS is the most developed aspect, #PaaS is the least developed, and it is where we believe the battle between vendors is set to intensify.”

Initial #PaaS products primarily supported application server capability, but the market has since expanded to encompass other middleware capabilities as a service, such as integration, process management, and portal and managed file transfers (MFTs). #PaaS offerings are increasingly set to take market share from the low end of the portal, application server and business process management (BPM) markets, but as the technology matures, PaaS offerings will also challenge the upper layers of the market.

Read full article…..via Gartner Says Worldwide Platform as a Service Revenue is on Pace to Reach $707.4 Million in 2011.  From Gartner

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SaaS Governance, Security, and Procurement Tips for CFOs

Recommended read in the need-to-know file for entrepreneurs and small business owners.  The cloud, SaaS is viable, and more and more offerings and uses are being created and deployed daily, HOWEVER know the risks and how to plan your utilization.

Excerpt……The lesson, Herbert says, is always to “have a plan for where you’d go if your provider shut down.”

The larger lesson for CFOs is to approach SaaS as one would any business investment.

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SaaS Math: Activation, Retention and Churn

Interesting metrics on a SaaS startup…….

Excerpt…..So far in the SaaS Math series, we have looked at why investors love SaaS, definitions of the key terms in SaaS math and last week we looked at user acquisition math. This week we’re talking about activation, retention and its polar opposite – churn. As you will see, churn and retention are the most important metrics to the long-term success of a SaaS business.

Read full article…..via SaaS Math: Activation, Retention and Churn :: StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod.

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REVIEW: Non Profit Accounting Software 2011

Excerpt……A review of these systems for 2011 shows that the trends follow what is happening in other segments of the accounting software industry – the move to better communication tools, enhanced ERP tools and management dashboards, and the move to cloud-based SaaS services.Heres our roundup of the top nine NFP Accounting software solutions:

Read full article……via REVIEW: NFP Accounting Software 2011 | –.  From The Progressive Accountant

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Determining Valuation Multiples

Great how-to with small business analysis………Accounting and management

Excerpt…….Last week on MBA Mondays, I talked about valuing an internet marketplace business. In that post, I talked about using 1x gross marketplace transactions and 20x EBITDA as multiples to determine value. In the comments, I was asked about multiples for other sectors. That’s a good question so I figured I’d show how to calculate multiples for various sectors.

For this exercise we will focus on the software as a services (SAAS) sector. The first thing you need to do is find a universe of publicly traded companies to use for your model

Read full article.via A VC: Determining Valuation Multiples.  From a VC Musing….Fred Wilson

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Dell Offers Hosted Apps for SMBs

News to watch…. SaaS from Dell for small business launched……will the offers be valuable and affordable for the small business owner?

Excerpt…..Just one day after Dell announced its first infrastructure-as-a-service offering, the company is jumping deeper into the cloud. Dell will offer a family of hosted software applications for small and midsized businesses, through partnerships with Salesforce.com, Microsoft, Intuit and others, the computer maker announced Tuesday.

Read full article……..via Dell Offers Hosted Apps for SMBs | PCWorld Business Center.

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Cloud and SaaS Dominate Disruption

Information technology innovation and governance….data management

Excerpt…..August 23, 2011 – Cloud computing and SaaS are at the center of disruption in IT management, as other trends in the last four years have settled in, according to a new review from Saugatuck Technology.

In an update of its report from 2007, “IT Management: The Journey Continues,” the Connecticut analyst firm rounded up a status report of technology areas that would cause widespread disruption in IT management. While open source, SOA and utility computing have been assimilated into the fabric of data operations since that first report, Saugatuck finds virtualization shaking up all facets of IT management, and expects that to continue into 2015, says Charlie Burns, author of the report and Saugatuck analyst.As-a-service and cloud widespread capabilities and recent adoption have uniquely position virtualization as the prime factor for change for both vendors and users for the next few years, according to the report

Ripple effects of this are expected to be the move from centralized support teams to user organizations, new focuses on business process, and the implementation of manual or automatic services for end users, according to Burns and the report.And that’s not to say the cloud is without challenges

Read full article……via Cloud and SaaS Dominate Disruption.  From Information Management

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