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Fork in the Road

Just a couple of weeks ago, two terms, on-demand and Software as a Service (SaaS), were used interchangeably -- it was truly a difference without a distinction -- but a lot has changed in a short time. First, Salesforce.com introduced Force.com, and a day later SAP announced a long awaited on-demand...

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SaaS Succeeding Where ASPs Failed

There is an entire universe of suppliers and vendors that support the delivery of applications as on-demand services. Indeed, the Software as a Service model is attracting more than end users who acquire their information technology via user-per-month service subscriptions. Also attracted to the Saa...

Good Reasons for Sticking With In-House, Part 1

From all indications, the Software as a Service model of developing and distributing applications is gaining traction and is poised for a phase of rapid growth, whether it be in small and medium-sized businesses or large-scale enterprises. Estimated worldwide revenue for on-demand CRM applications i...

Free Software Licensing, Part 1: Third Time’s the Charm?

The free software movement's most important license -- version three of the GNU General Public License was unveiled by the Free Software Foundation late last month. It comes roughly 16 years after its wildly successful predecessor, GPLv2, became one of the most used software licenses ever. Today, ap...

Is Your Corporate Intranet Out of Date?

Corporate intranets are becoming big business, both for the designers who put them together and companies that use them to empower their employees to participate in two-way discussions about corporate dealings. However, not all companies are eager to implement the new technologies that are redesigni...

Microsoft Late With Ajax – Still Anyone’s Game

Microsoft has just released its ASP .NET AJAX 1.0, a free tool that lets developers create standards-compliant Web applications based on Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, or Ajax. The most ubiquitous Ajax-based applications, for example, are Google Maps and Gmail, which let users interact with them w...

Extending the Supply Chain, Part 2: SOA

Technological development is fueling the transformation of economies and production processes around the world. Just-in-time manufacturing -- an industry-shaking innovation when Japanese manufacturers applied the methodology on a wholesale basis back in the early 1980s -- is now a best practice acro...

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Mining the World’s Data for What You Need

Imagine a world in which you could walk in your office in the morning and see a stoplight. Green would mean your company's image on the Web was favorable, yellow would mean neutral, and red would mean big trouble -- like one of your customers had just blogged that your product obliterates hard drive...

Implementing a tag-based Web analytics solution is rarely the slam-dunk that vendors imply. Depending on how your site is structured and how dynamic your content is, tagging can range from fairly straightforward to fiendishly complex. How can you tell which experience you're likely to be in for? Thi...

INDUSTRY ANALYSIS

CRM Movers and Shakers

Some weeks there's just more to write about than other weeks. It's like the weather -- sometimes there just seems to be more of it than other times. Take last week, for example. Just north of Boston some communities received as much as 19 inches of rain. The last few days in CRM have had the sam...

DARPA, Mobile Phone Makers Stoke Demand for Gallium Arsenide Devices

The market for gallium-arsenide technology -- spurred by the mobile phone industry and the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) -- could ascend to US$3 billion this year. Research by the Boston-based consultancy, Strategy Analytics, forecasts that GaAs device revenues will gr...

SAS Expands Its OnDemand Portfolio

Business intelligence vendor SAS has added five new software-as-a-service applications to join its original on-demand offering, SAS Solutions OnDemand: Web Analytics. The SaaS product line, first introduced in 2001 as an ASP service, is growing steadily, Richard Roach, senior director of SAS Soluti...

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WizKids Give Us Something to Think About

It's that time of year again when we announce who the WizKids are. Confused? It's our annual award to emerging companies and companies with emerging innovations. When you get right down to it, we track new and cool stuff and report on it. Two years ago, we started the process with a simple questi...

GPL Revision Guidelines Made Public

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) this week released a document specifying the process and guidelines for revising the GNU General Public License (GPL). The FSF will release the first discussion draft of the GNU General Public License (GPL) revision in January 2006. The GNU GPL is the most widely u...

Mobile Phone Shipments Skyrocket in Third Quarter

New product introductions, portfolio refreshes, and exciting new form factors helped spur growth in the worldwide mobile phone market during the third quarter of 2005, according to IDC, with Nokia continuing to dominate the market. IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker reports worldwide mob...

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