Posts Tagged Under: SaaS

You Won’t Believe How Many Cloud Apps We’ll Have By 2019

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Software as a Service (SaaS) is a software distribution model where apps are hosted by a vendor or service provider and made available over a network to a range of customers / end users. SaaS is one of the most lucrative cloud businesses today. Right now, the global SaaS market is worth an estimated $49 billion, but in 2018 that valuation will rise by 37% to reach $67 billion, according to research done by International Data Corporation (IDC), Forrester, Gartner, Ovum, and Wikibon.

This is not the first time we’ve heard good news for the cloud industry looking ahead at a five-year roadmap. Just last week

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How to Rate Your Company’s Digital IQ

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Once upon a time you could start a business with your bare hands and rely solely on manpower to grow. Not anymore. Virtually every business today relies (more or less) on technology to stay relevant, increase awareness of its brand and sell, sell, sell.

In its 2015 Global Digital IQ Survey, consultancy firm PWC draws attention to what can be considered the 10 technological commandments for business – 10 attributes that fuel the digital growth engine of an organization

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Hexa Research: Unified Communications Will Be a $75B Market by 2020

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The Unified Communications industry is usually seen as forever waiting on the launchpad, but if recent studies are any indication, UC vendors and service providers alike stand to rake in billions in the coming years.

Hexa Research offers custom research and consulting services to an array of industries, including the communications sector. The company has conducted a study to re-assess the state of Unified Communications and found that things are looking good for players in this market. In fact, “good” is an understatement.

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The Cloud Becomes the Go-To Platform for Growth

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The ‘cloud-first’ strategy doesn’t work everywhere and for everyone, but where it does, it works wonders. Recent studies have found that cloud-centric strategies (SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS) are paying off big time for those with vision. So much so that organizations are now using the cloud as a strategic platform for expanding sales channels and growing customer demand.

Ten years ago you could count the available cloud applications on the fingers of one hand. Today, they are everywhere. CIOs and CTOs in 2015 are as much geeks as they are businessmen – because cloud investing has become a lucrative business in and of itself.

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Cloud Saas, IaaS, PaaS – A $112 Billion Market by 2019 [IDC]

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IDC reveals in a report that the cloud software market reached $48.8 billion in revenue in 2014 (a 24.4% growth from the year ago) and is projected to be worth in excess of $112 billion by 2019. SaaS (Software as a Service) will play an instrumental role, outpacing traditional software product delivery by a rate of 5-to1. $1 of every $4.59 spent on software will directed at the cloud software model, IDC predicts.

The analytics firm sounds the horn on a huge opportunity, advising all major IT product vendors to put this strategic goal at the top of their to-do lists: figure out how to capitalize on the cloud services transformation. However, CIOs and IT reps at various cloud-centric companies seem to be fully aware that the doors to service heaven are wide open.

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Unified Communications Adds Extra Layer of Safety at Motorcycle Rally

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The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, an American motor-sport event held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota, is one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the world. Because it rakes in nearly a billion dollars in annual revenue, the event draws considerable crowds. Noisy engines and big crowds usually means at least a few incidents, so emergency responders have to be on alert.

Held during the first full week of August, the rally began in the ’30s as an event for stunts and races. Over the decades, it has evolved to become a nearly-sacred meeting for motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world. According to Rapid City Journal, emergency responders were much better equipped at this year’s rally, all thanks to a new tool.

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IT as a Business – ITaaB

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The annual Computerworld Forecast Study is out, revealing the IT priorities for this year in key spending areas like new technologies, and staffing up. According to the IDG-funded research, IT budgets are increasing and cloud services in particular are booming. IT is slowly but surely becoming a business in and of itself inside every company today.

With CIOs and CEOs joining forces to streamline IT decision-making, 2015 is showing growth in all areas and on all levels, according to the whitepaper. IT budgets have not only remained in place, but they’ve actually increased in 2015 by 4.3%. The spike potentially reflects a shift in IT decision making thanks to a younger generation of leaders.

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When All Else Fails, Be A Niche Player

It’s important to know where you stand. Like people, companies can be delusional about their chance of success in a given market. In the cloud industry, it happens quite a lot. Having Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM as competitors leaves little room for success, which means you need to strategize the hell out of your business.

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Security No Longer the ‘Top Worry’ in Cloud Computing

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Chief Technology Officers (CTO) and Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) in today’s competitive landscape are often faced with making the tough decision to move operations (partially or entirely) to the cloud. This means letting go of legacy infrastructures – such as on-premises PBX phone systems – and embracing the versatility of Internet-based solutions.

For most of its existence, the cloud – particularly business-oriented cloud solutions – has been plagued by one major concern: security. It’s understandable. Keeping your data locked in a room on your site offers a sense of control. But it’s no safer than in a data center managed by experts who make it their business to secure the data. Data centers are a solid investment today, and executives are beginning to wake up and smell the roses.

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UCaaS Beats Perpetual Licensing Any Day Of The Week

Cloud-reliant software and services have enabled a paradigm shift for developers and service providers alike. Once based on the buy-once-use-forever concept, the acquisition of software and services has gravitated towards a licensing business model that has proved to be far more lucrative for every party involved, from the people who code the solution to the end users.

A recent report by Nemertes Research indicates that Unified Communications (UC) solutions, or Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), are selling much better as subscription bundles, as opposed to perpetual licensing which involves a large upfront investment. And it’s hardly a surprise.

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