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Enterprise Resource Planning has traditionally been a software for large corporates with million dollar technology budgets. But that has been changing over the past decade with the advent of cloud based ERP systems. According to a survey conducted by Sage, nearly 30% of finance managers at UK based SMEs believe that cloud could make ERP more affordable or viable to them. In another study published by Gartner, the top five fastest growing ERP vendors today are all SaaS companies. Even the larger, mature SaaS players like NetSuite have registered exponential growth rates of nearly 40% while the traditional on-premise vendors like Oracle and SAP are showing signs of stagnation. The growth of cloud has brought about a dramatic shift in the demographics of a typical ERP customer. According to Gartner, there is an urgent need for larger enterprises to realize the cultur... (more)

New Cloud Study Shows Fivefold Increase in SaaS Adoption Since 2011

A study of 1358 respondents have shown a dramatic rise in cloud adoption over the past few years. North Bridge Venture Partners, in partnership with GigaOm Research have published the results of the 2014 Future Of Cloud Computing Survey – according to this report, SaaS adoption has grown fivefold since the 2011 to 74% today. PaaS, on the other hand, has seen an even higher rate of growth; a six-fold increase over the past four years to 41%. The study throws some interesting insights on the growth of various cloud-based services. IaaS, which stands for Infrastructure-as-a-Service, ... (more)

DocuSign Awarded 2014 Microsoft Office and SharePoint Partner of the Year

Cloud based e-signature service provider DocuSign has been named the winner of the 2014 edition of the Microsoft Office and SharePoint App Developer Partner. DocuSign was named the winner from among 2800 entrants from 117 countries worldwide. The announcement comes less than a month after the digital signature provider announced a new mobile framework that will allow businesses to integrate their functionality natively into mobile apps. With hundreds of business applications requiring the use of cloud-based digital signature technology on their platform, DocuSign's announcement i... (more)

Where Is Oracle Headed in the Cloud?

Oracle has sounded extremely optimistic about their future; one that is going to be dominated by the cloud. The company has reported cloud revenue growth of anywhere between 35% and 50% over the past few quarterly financial reports. Safra Catz, the Chief Financial Officer at Oracle is noted to have said that her company is focused at increasing market share on the cloud at this point “unlike all those cloud companies” like SalesForce that are focusing on profits. So is the company seeing a paradigm shift in their revenue pie? Not really. Despite the buzz about Oracle’s focus be... (more)

Insuring Your Business Against Cloud Service Availability

Symantec last week announced that its cloud-based backup storage service, Exec.cloud, is winding down and the service will not be available to new customers moving forward. As for existing customers, the service will be available for a year's time. The announcement is seen to be a part of Symantec's reassessment of its cloud strategy and is therefore not likely to greatly impact the revenues of the $7 billion company. It is however an uncomfortable scenario for the thousands of Symantec customers who relied on Exec.Cloud for their backup storage options. These customers have to s... (more)