Cloud / SaaS Standards, Will They Benefit You?

December 17, 2009
By djohnson

Several organizations are discussing the activities associated with creating SaaS standards. As Dennis Howlett mentions in his article “UK trade groups come together to develop SaaS / cloud standards”, these discussions are business focused and welcomed by most in the industry. The SaaS standards Dream Customers can purchase SaaS applications which share information through...
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SaaS and Cloud Terminology

December 14, 2009
By manchester

Today, we noticed an interesting blurb from a lead analyst at a well known research company. The note appeared in an article about SAP’s hybrid approach to ERP. Before I get started, I need to point out that I’m using the word “cloud” as a synonym for software as a service (SaaS) and/or on...
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A Step Forward for Unstructured ERP Data

December 10, 2009
By djohnson
A Step Forward for Unstructured ERP Data

An ongoing problem in IT organizations is the fact that critical information is often stored in an “unstructured” format. From a database perspective, unstructured data is anything that cannot be stored in rows and columns and must be placed into BLOBs (binary large objects). From a business perspective, this can include emails, word-processing documents,...
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SaaS Advice from Ovum

December 8, 2009
By ecohen

In their paper “Nine questions to ask about SaaS,” Warren Wilson and Timothy Stammers from Ovum hit the nail on the head when they say: Customers’ needs can change for any number of reasons – such as growth, acquisitions, or changes in the competitive landscape – so the right SaaS-versus-on-premise choice today may not...
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Trends in SaaS ERP – from the Field

December 1, 2009
By ecohen

There are reporters, analysts, vendors, journalists, and bloggers talking about SaaS and the impact it has on ERP software. So, it is good to hear from somebody in the field who is selling, implementing, and deploying ERP solutions. Read an account of ERP trends from a field representative.
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SaaS and Cloud Computing cost reminder

December 1, 2009
By manchester
SaaS and Cloud Computing cost reminder

An article in Manufacturing & Technology eJournal reminds us that SaaS and cloud computing can lower your costs. The chart, reproduced below, portrays several cost criteria and concludes that you need to consider SaaS vendors in your decision making process. ERP Cloud Considerations What the chart doesn’t show is the relative size of the...
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