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SaaS vs. In-House DAM - Which is Right For You?

The choice between cloud-based and in-house DAM used to be easy. Between the high cost of cloud storage and bandwidth, and the limited capabilities of SaaS (software as a service) solutions -- the argument for in-house DAM was clear.

Cost is no longer the sole determining factor. Cloud computing and storage costs have lowered in the last few years, making SaaS a viable choice for many organizations. SaaS DAM vendors have responded to customer needs by offering new features and functionality that directly compete with the capabilities of in-house solutions -- such as integration tools for social media -- which places them squarely on the competitive playing field.

SharePoint in the Cloud: You Have Options

When it comes to hosting SharePoint on premises or moving it into the cloud, there is never one right answer. Companies need to understand every hosting option available to them and find the one that best fits their available resources and technical needs. In this article, we’re going to take a look at the available platforms and who might benefit most from each.

IBM, Microsoft, SAP, SAS Lead Gartner's BI Analytics Magic Quadrant

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms is one of the most dynamic quadrants Gartner produces. It reflects a market that is still growing and intensely competitive. However, all is not well in paradise.

Enterprises are looking to expand the use or even standardize their data discovery platforms for larger business intelligence (BI) deployments. But Gartner reports that many vendors lack the enterprise features around governance, administration and scalability that are required to do this.

Who Decides What Tech to Buy?

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No matter what way you look at it, IT departments and Chief Information Officers (CIOs) still control technology purchasing decisions in most businesses. Despite evidence to suggest that the business side is increasingly involved in IT decision making, the buck generally stops at the CIOs desk.

According to new Forrester research, business-controlled technology decisions — meaning business executives choose, implement and run applications without CIO involvement — was as low as 6.3 percent in 2013, despite repeated claims over the past year by CIOs that they are losing control of IT budgets.

What You Should Know About DocuSign's Integration with Office365

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DocuSign is bringing its electronic signature apps to Office 365. While it’s not a game-changer for Microsoft given Office 365’s traction in the enterprise, it will likely create heightened interest among businesses that might normally have an aversion to cloud computing.

Most business deals that are done through the cloud also need to be signed off with an e-signature cloud application like DocuSign or Adobe’s EchoSign app for Reader — a fact often overlooked.

Will Microsoft Beat the Legacy Enterprise Resource Planning Meltdown?

Gartner recently warned enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors to move to the cloud or face extinction. Microsoft beat the rush last June, when it pushed its Dynamics GP ERP solution to the cloud. This week it announced that Dynamics GP's next major release will be unveiled in November.

Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mid-market business accounting and ERP Software package that uses either Microsoft SQL Server 2005, 2008 or 2012 to store data. The current version of Dynamics GP 2013 (Version 12) was released by Microsoft in December 2012, evolving from a pure client-server application to a web-enabled application.

Will Disruptive Cloud Computing Kill Enterprise Resource Planning?

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It’s a just about a cliché at this stage to note that cloud computing has been one of the big technology disruptors in recent years. However, according to Gartner, the best — or worst, depending on your perspective — has yet to come. It seems Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications are doomed to legacy status or even the trash bin.

A Look Back : A Mobile, Cloudy World for Document Management in 2013

Looking Back at Document Management

Looking back over the year in document management, one thing stands out. And that is that organizations still appear to be struggling under the weight of paper despite developments in enterprise technologies that should make managing all that information a lot easier. 

In fact, the view from December 2013 is much the same as the view was in December 2012, with some subtle but notable changes. The first of those changes is the growing importance of mobile, while the second is the demand for agile products that can respond to changing market conditions quickly.

A Cloud Based Intranet, Courtesy of eXo

In the four years since I last took a good look at the eXo platform, quite a bit has changed. Back in the day when I was a web and intranet consultant, eXo positioned itself as the premier open source web content management (WCM) platform -- a more extensible platform than out of the box applications like Drupal. I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Patrice Lamarque, vice president of products for eXo and we discussed eXo's new premium cloud offering, its new marketing focus and the changing enterprise software market.

 

IBM Builds 'Cloud of Clouds' On SoftLayer Acquisition

IBM has filed a patent for new cloud storage software, which also comes with the ability to securely migrate data from one cloud to another regardless of who built the cloud. It follows on the heels of its recent announcement that it is releasing industry-specific cloud services that will enable enterprises working in specific verticals move to the cloud quickly and efficiently.

IBM Launches Industry Specific Cloud Services

IBM has upped its game in the cloud market by expanding its cloud offerings to include customizable services for specific industries — and offering software to match. 

It also announced it will offer a number of fast-start solutions for enterprises. They will be delivered as a service and enable enterprises working those industries to rapidly develop a cloud presence.

2013: The Year of Mass Cloud Computing Extinctions

Information Management, 2013: The Year of Mass Cloud Computing ExtinctionsCloud computing provides tremendous value for businesses of all types. But as we can see from the number of products that shut down in 2013, it isn't all a silver lining. 

M-Files v10 Tackles Enterprise Content Management User Adoption Problems

M-Files, an enterprise content management solution, ends a successful year with this week's release of v10.0. With it, M-Files tackles the problems of traditional, folder-based enterprise content management (ECM) navigation, as well as the problem of developing hybrid cloud-on premises systems. Both issues create considerable problems for business users with limited technology skills, impeding user adoption, the company reports.

Cloudy Outlook for Enterprise Customer Relationship Management

There's new research from software consultancy Software Advice on the way enterprises are deploying customer relationship management (CRM) systems. It shows sales force automation is the most requested application — and that the vast majority of enterprises prefer CRM in the cloud.

Breaking Through the Content Management Cloud Cover

While there’s no question that cloud computing is here to stay, the numbers suggest that the need to manage content in the cloud has a variety of business drivers. The challenge facing organizations is that these various drivers are not necessarily consistent or aligned with each other. 

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