Software as a Service

SAP going full steam ahead on HANA, the cloud, and 'simple' software

A couple of things became clear during SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner's keynote at the Sapphire conference today: SAP remains committed to the HANA in-memory computing platform, as well as its push into SaaS (software as a service).

Neither of those conclusions came as a great surprise, but the event gave Plattner an occasion to reassert SAP's direction at its biggest annual conference, shortly after a management shakeup and the anointment of sole CEO Bill McDermott.

Oracle focuses on prepping databases as a service

As it preps Oracle Enterprise Manager to run private clouds, Oracle has released an update to the management software that offers the ability for organizations to offer production-ready databases as a service.

Microsoft to link Office, Windows, and Azure with's CRM

Microsoft and have become corporate buddies, pledging to integrate their flagship products in what they're calling a "global, strategic partnership." The agreement calls for's CRM software to be integrated with Microsoft's Windows OS, Azure cloud computing platform, and Office suite, the companies said today.

Lifesize Launches New SaaS Video HD Video Conferencing Service

Lifesize, a division of Logitech has introduced the Lifesize Cloud. Lifesize Cloud is delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS), designed to blend software, hardware, service and the user interface.

Key features of the service include:

Thai government picks Office 365 for 8 million students

About 8 million students and 400,000 teachers in Thailand will be given access to Office 365, the biggest deployment yet for Microsoft's cloud apps suite in the education sector.

The Thai education commission has signed a five-year agreement with Microsoft to provide Office 365 free to students and teachers in the agency's jurisdiction.

Wednesday's announcement doesn't say which edition of Office 365 will be used.

France: Strato renouvelle son approche de création de sites Web pour TPE/PME.

A partir du système CM4all Sites 2.0, l’Allemand Strato a remis à plat son offre de création de sites Web (fonctions et tarifs). L’offre est déclinée sur le marché français. Strato, fournisseur de services Internet (hébergement, noms de domaines, pack c-commerce…) et filiale de Deutsche Telekom, renouvelle son approche de création de sites Web. L’offre est revue avec la renaissance de ses activités en France.

IBM extends e-commerce into cloud with ExperienceOne suite

IBM has broadened its e-commerce offerings with a new range of digital marketing and customer analytics that can be provided through on premises software or via a cloud service that customers appear increasingly open to adopting.

Bunkr, alternative à PowerPoint.

Bunkr, qui propose une alternative d’outil de présentation, lève un million d’euros auprès de Xavier Niel, de Daniel Marhely et du fonds Idinvest Partners.

Microsoft reveals new Office features available only in the cloud

Microsoft showed off new Office features at TechEd 2014, but some of them will never be available to customers who don't embrace the cloud version of the software suite, Office 365, and the company will take its time bringing others to market for Office Server users.

Box zings rivals with massive GE customer win

Rocked recently by reports that it has delayed its IPO, Box has rebounded with a major customer win, snapping up General Electric, which plans to roll out the cloud storage and file sharing service to its 300,000 employees worldwide.

The deal, announced Thursday, represents Box's largest single customer deployment, and boosts its credibility as an enterprise IT provider as it fiercely battles rivals like Microsoft, Google, IBM, Dropbox, EMC, Citrix and Egnyte.

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