Google Apps Marketplace launches and a tree falls in the forest

I suppose this is what you would call a soft launch. Google unveiled its new Google Apps Marketplace at a meeting it held for developers on its campus last week (see Mashable’s report here). And the new storefront did go live right away, but there was only one big name, Intuit. And Intuit has already […]

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Google buys SaaS tool for managing Microsoft software

This deal is just as much about hurting Microsoft as it is about competing in the SaaS field. For $25 million, Google is acquiring DocVerse, a startup that offers a free tool for storing Office documents in a cloud. DocVerse’s free plugin is actually a way to get more from Office. It is a plug-in […]

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IBM extends LotusLive with cloud platform services and APIs

Lotus has re-invented itself several times since IBM bought it in 1995. Lotus Notes was a pioneering collaboration tool back then; it was providing a robust client-server environment at a time when many people had not even experienced Internet email or web browsing. Now, Lotus is morphing into Lotus Live, a hosted cloud computing platform […]

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Irish government launching program to encourage transition to SaaS

Enterprise Ireland (EI) has begun a program that will encourage Irish software companies develop their products on a cloud platform. EI is an agency within the Irish Government agency that is charged with helping Irish companies to achieve strong positions in global markets. The contract was awarded to Saaspoint, a company founded by former Salespoint […]

Survey says recession has not slowed plans for cloud projects

Interest in cloud computing projects has grown by 320 percent within enterprise IT departments over the last year according to a survey by Avanade and Kelton Research. Over 500 CxO’s were surveyed in August and September and they showed a strong interest in cloud projects. Among the findings: 23 percent of U.S. companies are beginning […]

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