What do you think the new year holds for Cloud computing? Are the bigger strides coming in increasingly efficient data warehousing or in the variety and adaptability of its apps?
Dell has just announced it has agreed to acquire Software-as-a-Service integration company Boomi. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and, as usual, the purchase is subject to customary closing conditions. Dell did not say when it expects to complete the purchase of the startup.
A Salesforce.com executive has stated that cloud computing users are expecting more and more from the applications they employ.
Parker Harris, executive vice president of Salesforce.com, said that one decade ago, the goal was to come up with business services that had the same simple level of usability as Amazon, reports PC Mag.
He said expectations have shifted over the course of time, with users wanting features such as connections to other services and social media functions as part of their cloud computing offering.
There is also often a requirement from clients to have the technology linked up to mobile devices, it was suggested.
Earlier this month, new Salesforce.com application Chatter was examined by Adam Honig on the CRM Insights website.
He stated that document and data changes can be easily tracked on the service, allowing users to keep on top of business opportunities, contact detail changes or account alterations, reported MarketingProfs.
In recent years, software-as-a-service (SaaS) has emerged as a viable application delivery method, and most enterprises are now including some SaaS software in their portfolios. SaaS saves IT infrastructure and maintenance costs, not to mention the hassle of initial deployment, integration and customization common with licensed software.
The distributed, open-source SaaS model will expand the range of available software
Right now if you think about the way software-as-a-service is delivered, Salesforce.com, NetSuite and Google are the most commonly cited examples. All these companies deliver their software using what is known as the multi-tenant model. Just as multi-tenant software knocked on-premise vendors for a loop, new distributed, open-source models for delivery of SaaS software will have a powerful impact.