Software as a Service has been a huge boon to businesses. Suddenly, for a manageable monthly or annual fee, businesses have had access to high quality software that is maintained for them, updated with new features regularly and accessible without the hassle of installing special software on computers or other devices. But there is a downside. Customisation is limited and you're limited to functions the developer thinks are useful. But application platforms promise to change that.
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I recently wrote about the creeping costs associated with subscription services. So, in an effort to better manage my monthly spending I've been looking at where I'm spending my dollars. One of the services I've been subscribed to is Adobe Creative Cloud. For almost $30 per month I had access to one app - InDesign - that I was using with one client. But I no longer need the app. And I discovered Adobe's exit fees were nothing short of exhorbitant.
Over the last decade, the software business has undergone a revolution. In the past, companies like Microsoft and Adobe would charge hundreds or thousands of dollars for their software. Add every two or three years, the software would be updated and we'd fork out hundreds more to upgrade. Now, we pay a few dollars - perhaps the cost of a two or three decent coffees made by the local hipster barista - for access to software each month. But are we better off?
Who doesn't love a game of Buzzword Bingo? It seems that the folks in Redmond are keen to win, launching a new cloud-based SaaS for managing IoT devices. Microsoft IoT Central that claims it will reduce the complexity of IoT deployments.
The worldwide software-as-service (SaaS) market grew by 33 per cent in the second quarter of 2016 and Microsoft's SaaS business experienced significant growth as well. So much so, it has overtaken Salesforce as the number one enterprise SaaS provider, according to Synergy Research Group. Read on to find out more.
Many small businesses rely on email to communicate with customers, suppliers and even with staff internally. Invoices are often issued and received through email so being able to easily keep track of them would be a godsend for a lot of small business owners. This is why Xero now let's small business users send and receive emails directly through its cloud accounting software through an integration with Microsoft’s Outlook REST API. Here’s what you need to know.
Your employees have gone rogue. No, they're not selling secrets to competitors or anything so nefarious, but they are using IT systems and services without the express knowledge of the company they work for. This is known as Shadow IT and it's a growing problem within enterprises propagated by the fact business leaders seem to be turning the other cheek.
As millions of Gmail users can attest, shifting your email to an external provider can eliminate maintenance issues and save time for IT managers to concentrate on more strategic technologies. However, email contains enormous volumes of important business information, so companies need to carefully assess providers before switching over. What issues should you consider before making the switch?