Software as a service

Say no to SaaS vanity metrics

It’s easy to get caught up in vanity metrics: the numbers that make you look good even when your startup is stumbling. But here’s why you should examine those oft-quoted stats more closely, and the metrics you should consider swapping them for.

5 lessons for CIOs in the age of the cloud

Chiquita Brands is famous for the fresh produce it brings to the table. It’s a mature, established company that’s has a “cloud first” mantra for all new applications, said CIO Kevin Ledford.

Oracle to Amazon: It’s on

Larry Ellison, who once blasted cloud as a fad, now says he’s not only fully aboard but will challenge Amazon, Microsoft and Rackspace on affordable Infrastructure as a Service.

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Getting your organization ready for SDN: Part 1

Today, functioning networks hide many faults. Software-defined networking (SDN) offers network operators a solution for poor traffic visibility and clumsy operational systems. A network actively, reactively, and proactively defined by software is far more ready than one constructed of static devices, connections, and configurations.

SaaS valuation boom slowed but remained strong in 2012

The hypergrowth that the SaaS category saw last year has leveled off, but these companies are still outperforming traditional software rivals and legacy IT providers who are mired in a hardware-oriented world, according to new research from martinwolf Global M&A Advisors.

Open-source CRM player SugarCRM talks up IPO

Encouraged by Workday’s splashy initial public offering, SugarCRM a provider of open-source customer relationship management software-as-a-service, is gearing up for an IPO of its own next year, according to CEO Larry Augustin. It looks like enterprise SaaS is the place to be for IPOs.

Startup Connection Cloud aims to free your SaaS data

Software as a service is a great for deploying applications across a company. The flip side is that it ends up creating data silos across vendors. Roger Sippl’s Cloud Connection aims to bridge those silos so users can use their data as they see fit.

Farmeron puts big data to work down on the farm

Farmeron isn’t your typical software-as-a-service business — it’s based in a small town in Croatia, and its customers are dairy farmers, not tech-savvy startups. Still, founder Matija Kopic’s just raised another $1.4 million to help take its big data services to farms around the world.

Are small businesses ready for big data? Um, yes

When enterprise software giant SAP announced its HANA big data analytics for midmarket businesses Tuesday, one of the first questions on the call was whether smaller businesses need to bother with big data. The short answer: Yes they do.

SaaS valuations come back to earth — sorta

It looks like some of the bloom is off the SaaS rose. New numbers show the booming growth in valuations of SaaS companies is slowing after a long run-up as pure-play SaaS companies face more competition from legacy players.

Companies get SaaS-y with business intelligence

In what is probably not a shocker, new research shows more companies are turning to SaaS-based business intelligence over traditional on-premises BI. About a third of IT managers surveyed said they plan to use at least some SaaS-based BI in the next year.

Lithium Technologies raises $53.4 million from NEA & SAP Ventures

Lithium Technologies has raised a $53.4 million funding round led by New Enterprise Associates and SAP Ventures. The round includes existing investors Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, Emergence Capital, Greenspring Associates, Shasta Ventures and Tenaya Capital, and brings total funding to more than $100 million.

Salesforce.com’s Rypple buy shows the appeal of HR apps

Salesforce.com’s plan to purchase Rypple shows the importance of human capital management to the new cloud-savvy enterprise. The game plan calls for a new Salesforce.com HCM business unit and the relabeling of Rypple’s offerings as “Successforce.” The effort will be directed by industry vet John Wookey.

Want to see your SaaS valuation skyrocket? Specialize

If you’re a Software-as-a-Service provider and want to wring the richest rewards out of what is already a lucrative gig, you should “verticalize” your services. That’s according to a newly published report from Forrester Research analyst Liz Herbert.

Dome9 launches as cloud security heats up

Dome9, a stealth company that aims to create the equivalent of a firewall for public and private clouds, launched the company and its product Monday. The company, which was founded last year, is just one of several cloud security companies coming out of stealth mode.

Get Satisfaction gets $10M in new funds

Get Satisfaction, the company that builds web-based community support tools, has closed on $10 million in series B funding. This round brings the company’s total venture capital investment to $21 million. The San Francisco-based company will put the money toward growth, CEO Wendy Lea says.

Amazon storing more than 449B objects in S3

Amazon Web Services announced on Tuesday afternoon that its Simple Storage Service (S3) now houses more than 449 billion objects. The rapid pace of S3’s growth is a microcosm of both AWS’ overall business as well as cloud computing in general.

The Challenges of Moving Across the Entire Stack

This week’s announcement of VMware’s Horizon App Manager is the latest addition to the company’s increasingly rich portfolio, but the company is not alone in wanting to strengthen its market position by expanding far beyond its original offering. Where, then, does that leave the competition?

Shopify Sees Opportunity in Kickstarting Start-ups

Most start-ups are worried about winning business plan competitions. Shopify, an e-commerce platform, is getting good at hosting them. The compay is kicking off its second Build a Business competition, taking the contest international while upping the prize money and giveaways to half a million dollars.