Taking a page from major enterprise software providers like Oracle and SAP, Microsoft announced this week Business Ready Customer Care, an initiative that includes major enhancements to its maintenance and support program for Microsoft Dynamics, ERP and CRM, applications.
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Citrix Systems made a slew of product announcements this week that leverages the 18-year-old application-delivery company's technology to make it a major player in virtualisation, unified communications, regulatory compliance, and green technology.
On October 22, Siemens Communications will unveil its UC (unified communications) solution for SMBs.
Although the major news at the Salesforce.com Dreamforce developer conference in San Francisco this week was Visualforce , CEO Marc Benioff had a few other surprise announcements up his sleeve to keep an overflow audience interested in listening to almost all of his two-hour keynote address.
This week Salesforce.com will, in the words of one industry analyst, "extend the value proposition of software as a service" when it introduces Visualforce at its Dreamforce Conference in San Francisco.
Reminiscent of so many software wars before it, such as the war over word processors, productivity suites, and the battle of the browsers, the latest clash is now taking place over UC (unified communications).
Two years in the making, IBM Corp.'s Lotus division finally unveiled version 8 of Lotus Notes and Domino this week.
Netsuite, the other hosted CRM company, laid out version 2007.0 this week of its CRM, ERP, and PRM (partner relationship management) SaaS (software as a service) solution.
Twenty yeas from now a new generation of computer users will look back on the operating systems of today with the same bemused smile we look back at the cars of the <a href="http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=1959+cadillac&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2" target="_blank">late 1950s and early 60s</a>. They had huge fins, were the size of a small yacht and burned up just about as much gas.
With the announcement on Monday of Salesforce Platform Edition, Salesforce.com finally unveiled its long-term strategy to become the sun around which revolves an infinite number of SaaS (software as a service) planets.
Following Google's announcement on Thursday that it would offer an enhanced version of its Google Apps, dubbed Google Apps Premier Edition, the company left no doubt about the direction in which it was heading.
The announcement last week from Lombardi Software that it will add a SaaS (software as a service) component dubbed Blueprint to its on-premises BPM suite highlights both the continuing growth of the hosted model and its limitations.
For business users who want Microsoft Office on their cell phones, Windows Mobile 6, the upcoming version of Redmond's mobile operating system to be unveiled next week, will be a must-have upgrade.
After many months, even years, of promising an email push technology equivalent to what the RIM Blackberry service offers, it looks like Palm has finally done it.
Intel expects to put a pre-standard version of IEEE 802.11n Wi-Fi into its Centrino chips by next year.
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