Devver takes the combination of all of the tools that developers use at their desktop and convert them into cloud service. Currently, they emphasize Ruby tools and testing. They have a plan to release an open API so that developers can use it for additional service like Python, PHP and Java languages. Currently, they are offering the service free in private beta release. The company claims to finish test as fast as 1/3 rd time that developer takes to test at their machines.
Software as a service (Saas) gained significant momentum in recent years due to lower cost, smaller storage requirement and the need for fewer personnel. The threshold of Saas lies Human Capital management and Customer Relationship Management applications. Gradually, it has spread in the areas like Web conferencing, collaboration, and IT service management. Forrester Research Inc, a Market Research Firm, made a study upon top 14 SaaS application technologies based on growth and future potential for success. They found that the following SaaS technologies are going to be hot in the coming days. Full article »
The future version of Windows server will support Microsoft Cloud based Service Platform, Azure. Azure runs on Windows Server 2008 inside Microsoft’s data centers. Azure, like other newer-generation cloud platforms, enables faster setup and easier scaling, and lets users pay for usage, thus avoiding upfront investment. Microsoft offers both Windows Server software and the Azure as software as a service strategy because of the fact that companies are unsure about the performance on cloud infrastructure. Azure is supposed to be released later this year.
Elementool Inc, the leading developer of Project Management software, launched On Line Project Management tool, Test Cases yesterday. This software is suitable for real time system such as banks, hospitals, and airplanes where critical bugs may cause serious business loss. Test cases can be managed and controlled more efficiently with the help of this tool. There are two types of packages of the software. Basic software with 200 test cases are free. The price is $24.99 for multiple accounts with unlimited test cases.
Relenta, a Saas based CRM software, automatically gathers the pieces of data that are sitting around separate applications (such as email clients, group calendars, CRM solutions and to-do lists), and displays them on one single page into one elegant Web 2.0 application. This includes customer profile, correspondence (emails), buying history, buying preferences, automated prompts for next action, contact history (usually over the phone, by fax and by email) etc. The price comes with two options. One is $25 per user per month on monthly bais with 1 GB and 2,500 contacts per user and another is $20 per user per month on Quarterly basis.
IBM made different types of announcement in terms of Cloud Computing recently. The most interesting one is the partnership with Amazon Web Service. The partnership will provide Software as a Service to IBM Amazon Information Management database servers, IBM Lotus content management, and IBM WebSphere portal and middleware products through Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing service. On the other hand, Microsoft is also getting ready for its cloud computing service Windows Azure, that will help developers to develop services and applications that are supported by Microsoft’s data centers.
The Salesforce.com share fell at stock market as the president and chief executive officer left the company. As per the Wall st speculation, the company may go through rough time during fourth quarter. Salesforce.com is the leading provider of Software as a Service over the net. Steve Cakebread, who joined the company in 2002 as chief financial officer, resigned effective Feb. 1 for personal reason. Additionally, Gary Hanna, a leading sales executive and another executive also left the company.
Salesforce.com launched SaaS model based Service Cloud which is the next generation platform for Customer Service Application. The Cloud gathers information from the knowledge resource from internet and uses it for commercial Customer service. The software comprises call-center features with aspects of search engine technology and social-networking sites like Facebook. You can get Service Cloud with the help of native cloud-computing power of salesforce.com. The price of Service Cloud starts at US $995 per month. Full article »
N-trig, provider of DuoSense technology that combines pen and capacitive touch in a single device, announced today that they have completed a fund-raising event of $24 million from investors, including Aurum Ventures, Challenger Ltd., Canaan Partners, Evergreen Venture Partners and Microsoft Corp. The central reason for Microsoft investment is that it includes support for muti-touch screen in the new windows 7 Operating System that was released as public beta recently. Full article »
The hosted market, which uses an application service provider (ASP) model of hosting software for customers, has been major talking point in the past year, and many companies have started moving to hosted offerings from their traditional in house software. But, there are also some disadvantages of using Hosted solution. Full article »