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Salesforce.com Enhances Chatter Platform

The new Salesforce Communities application ties enterprise social media more closely with business processes. Meanwhile, Salesforce.com faces new competition, including Yammer, now part of Microsoft. Read More >

Salesforce CEO Benioff Named to Cisco's Board of Directors

Benioff's appointment underscores Cisco's push to become the foundation for cloud computing infrastructures. Read More >

Strategic Tech Slideshow: Microsoft Office 2013: 10 Things CIOs Should Know

Microsoft recently announced Office 2013, the next generation of its venerable Office suite of productivity tools. It's expected to launch this fall to coincide with the availability of the new Windows 8 operating system, which launches October 26. For CIOs, this fall is going to be an extremely busy time. Not only will you be analyzing Windows 8 to see if it's the right fit for your office,... Read More >

Dell Offers Microsoft Office 365 to Small Businesses

Office 365 with Dell is available in the U.S. starting at $9 per user, per month for the Small Business Plan. Read More >

The Role of Standards in Cloud Security

Security is often cited as a primary cause for concern when considering cloud deployments. To overcome these concerns, companies moving to public cloud services might look to some emerging standards for help. FedRAMP establishes a baseline of security requirements for government contractors interested in providing the federal government with cloud services. NIST has developed a roadmap and a... Read More >

Books Slideshow: Ten Ways to Get the Most Out of the Cloud

More companies are exploring the cloud as a means of cutting costs and driving IT efficiency, and enterprises are expected to spend $112 billion on software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (Paas) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) projects over the next several years, according to industry projections. But what's the best strategy to take when moving to the cloud? In the book,... Read More >

Washington Post CTO Yuvi Kochar Wants Cloud Vendors to Give Him an Exit Strategy

Yuvinder (Yuvi) Kochar is dissatisfied with the take-your-data-and-go that attitude cloud vendors have regarding buyers who want to switch to a competitor. To tell the truth, he's not so sure that even Google's proclaimed desire to help people migrate is worth the air used to voice it. He wants options, people! Read More >

CloudSigma Lets Customers Match Cloud Service to Existing Data Center

CloudSigma s co-founder, Robert Jenkins, says big cloud vendors such as Rackspace and Amazon Web Services (AWS) don t give their customers the ability to configure their cloud environment to mirror their on-premise data centers. Read More >

Research Slideshow: Cloud Computing: CIOs See Value, Challenges

CIOs and IT executives are bullish about the potential benefits of cloud computing for their organizations. However, they remain cautious about adoption because of a lingering fear of challenges. As a result, while businesses do derive value from cloud-based software and services, the roll-out is moving slowly, according to a new survey, "Read More >

Salesforce Takes 'Mobile-First' Approach in Summer '12 Developer's Platform

With more and more mobile workers needing to better communicate with their businesses and customers from the road, Salesforce.com is tailoring their platform to make it easier for developers to produce just the right applications. That 'mobile-first' approach is a key focus of Salesforce.com's new Summer '12 development tools. Read More >

Security Threats Loom Even for Cloud-Free Businesses

The COO of the Cloud Security Alliance warned attendees of a cloud computing conference that businesses are mistaken if they say they don t use the cloud because individual employees may be doing it on their own. Read More >

Microsoft Talks Cloud, Visual Studio Tools at TechEd

Microsoft opened its TechEd 2012 conference with a discussion of its updated cloud platform around Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure, along with new Visual Studio tools in Microsoft Team Foundation Server and LightSwitch. Read More >

Oracle Launches Its Own Public Cloud

Oracle Cloud is the full package, complete with Platform Services, Application Services and Social Networking Services. Read More >

Salesforce to Acquire Social Media Marketer Buddy Media

Salesforce will pay $698 million for Buddy's social media marketing platform. However, a stock analyst says Oracle plans to launch a public cloud that will be serious competition for Salesforce. Read More >

IT Management Slideshow: Companies Around the World Turn to the Cloud for Savings

As organizations grow globally, CIOs and other senior managers must be aware of international tech trends in order to stay competitive in the international marketplace. A recent report released by CA Technologies, the "2012 CA Technologies Channel Index," finds... Read More >

Networks Are Key to Cloud Migrations, Cisco Survey Finds

While a third of survey respondents said having cloud-ready networks was most important to migrating their applications, 39 percent dread having to deal with them. Read More >

Strategic Tech Slideshow: Enterprise Cloud Strategy: An 8-Step Action Plan

Cloud computing has been a useful tool as CIOs look to help transform business and leverage IT for business success, but many organizations have blazed a cloud trail without a cohesive strategy in place. A report from Forrester Research, "Achieve Cloud Economics... Read More >

HP Continues March to the Cloud With Public Services Beta

HP Cloud Compute, Cloud Object Storage and Cloud Content Delivery Network are now being offered through a standard pay-by-the-drink model. Read More >

Adobe Releases Creative Cloud Service With CS6

Adobe has launched its Creative Cloud service, a cloud-based subscription service that enables subscribers to access the Adobe creative tools, including the new Adobe CS6 apps and tools. Read More >

Strategic Tech Slideshow: Gartner's Global SaaS Spending Report: Plenty of Room for Growth

The latest research from Gartner shows that spending on Software-as-a-Service applications is growing steadily around the world, a trend that's expected to continue for the next few years. And while SaaS adoption in the more mature North American and Western European markets shows no signs of slowing, the most explosive growth is anticipated in geographies where economies are still developing,... Read More >

HP Releases Open-Source Converged Cloud Platform

The idea of HP Converged Cloud is that enterprises now will be able to construct an open-standards cloud architecture inside their own firewalls -- using any server, storage and networking hardware. Read More >

IT Management Slideshow: IT Offshoring Set to Increase in Near Future Before Levelling Off

IT departments in North American and European enterprises with revenues of more than $1 billion were hardest hit by offshoring among all the business services sectors studied in a recent report by The Hackett Group. IT experienced the largest decline in jobs (as a percentage of the 2001 baseline number of jobs), and also bore the brunt of reductions in absolute terms, of all business services... Read More >

SaaS Revenue Will Hit $14.5 Billion in 2012, Gartner Predicts

The U.S. currently represents the largest opportunity for SaaS, and it is the most mature of the regional markets. Read More >

Cloud Security, Bandwidth Demands Create IT Challenges

Seventy-four percent of respondents indicated their chief concern about cloud migration was ensuring corporate data security. Read More >

Cloud Adoption Rises Among Small Businesses: Dell

SMBs said key benefits of adopting cloud applications include a low total cost of ownership and fast deployment time. Read More >

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