Posts Tagged ‘Google Apps’

GFI MAX App Control Foretells MSP Evolution

Managed services tools vendor GFI MAX released App Control, a new system that allows MSPs to monitor and manage cloud-based applications and licenses on behalf of their customers. It’s also a sign of how managed services will evolve and become part of cloud computing.

Boston, Google Apps and the Cloud Battle

The city of Boston ushered in a new era at the beginning of the year by not just appointing its first new mayor in a generation, but also changing over its 75,000 users from Microsoft to Google Apps. It’s a big win for Google, but it’s not everything it appears.

Google Apps Partners Seal Cloud Sherpas Trans-Atlantic Union

US-based cloud brokerage Cloud Sherpas boosts its UK and European presence with purchase of Stoneburn.

Microsoft Sweetens Office 365 Partner Incentives

Microsoft is stepping up efforts to get more partners and customers adopting its cloud-based Office 365 productivity suite by expanding commissions on referred accounts. The goal: Stop Google Apps in its tracks and recapture lost customers.

Dell Boomi Talks Middleware, Wipro Partnership

Dell Boomi’s Rick Nucci talks about the growing success of AtomSphere integrations, a new global alliance with Wipro Technologies and the future of middleware.

Microsoft’s Office 365 Home a Cloud Catalyst

Microsoft unleashes Office 365 Home Premium to the consumer market, giving users access to Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype and Skydrive on up to five devices for $99 a year. With more competitive pricing for students, Microsoft may be looking to create consumer demand that catalyzes the business world. Success is critical, as Office may be Microsoft’s last shining star.

Google Wants 90% of Microsoft Office Users

Google believes it can capture 90 percent of Microsoft Office users paying a premium for features they don’t use. The overt goal: a direct assault on Microsoft’s cash generator and potential future business cornerstone, as Windows 8 continues to struggle.

Cloud Sherpas Trail Blazes With CloudTrigger

Cloud Sherpas inks a deal to acquire CloudTrigger, bringing CRM capabilities to the table with another round of investments, netting Cloud Sherpas $40 million in capital. With Google Apps and popularizing cloud capabilities, Cloud Sherpas is the poster child for cloud services brokerage.

How Effective Is Competitive Displacement?

E-mail security firm Spam Soap is launching a competitive displacement program targeting Google Postini customers. Aerohive Networks is doing the same with Meraki. Like department store sales, these promotions come and go, but how effective are they?

IBM SmartCloud Docs Target Google, Microsoft

IBM launches SmartCloud Docs, a new cloud-based office suite complete with social business and collaboration capabilities. The SmartCloud Docs is also a direct competitive effort against Google Apps and Microsoft’s Office 365 as IBM seeks to expand into the midmarket.