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Fujitsu and salesforce.com have announced that they have signed a sales and marketing agreement whereby Fujitsu will provide Salesforce CRM[1] cloud applications as well as application development and integration services on salesforce.com's Force.com platform. The partnership is designed to enable customers in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, and finance, to dramatically reduce IT costs and increase business competitiveness. Amid a global economic recession and intense industry reorganization, customers are seeking to accelerate their management processes and reduce costs. In managing their IT, customers are demanding solutions that lower operational costs in particular. In the areas of CRM and SFA[2], demand has increased significantly for Software-as-a-Service solutions which can minimize upfront deployment costs and eliminate ... (more)

UK’s Cloud First Policy, Big Data Best Practices, and More…

This Week in Cloud on the go! Download the This Week in Cloud iPhone app. Now it’s even easier to get your weekly cloud news and perspectives. Cloud News Close to a year has passed since the UK government published their Cloud Computing Strategy which included a ‘cloud first’ policy similar to the one implemented in the United States. In this ZDNet blog, Steve Ranger examines the government’s progress and concludes that while the plans are progressing in some areas, the cloud-first policy hasn’t been widely adopted. The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), Fujitsu, Verizon, and eBay are working together on developing best practices and standards for Big Data security and privacy, according to this FierceTelecom article. Analyst firm IDC predicts that as many as 30% of cloud providers in the cloud market today may not be around in 2015, according to this Channelnomics ar... (more)

ABBYY Raises the Bar for Mobile Document Capture with its New Mobile Imaging SDK

New Product Enables Developers to Integrate Powerful Image Processing Functions into Their Own Mobile Applications Theale, UK (December 6, 2012) — ABBYY®, a leading provider of document recognition, document capture, and linguistic technologies and services, today announced the availability of the ABBYY Mobile Imaging Software Development Kit (SDK) for Apple® iOS and Google® Android®. The ABBYY Mobile Imaging SDK provides developers with smart tools for enhancing the viewing quality of images of documents captured with a mobile device's camera. As document capture scenarios involving mobile devices are becoming increasingly popular, the new SDK also offers special instruments used to determine whether or not photographed documents are suitable for Optical Character Recognition (OCR). The ABBYY Mobile Imaging SDK is an ideal technology for solutions combining cloud... (more)

Data Fusion Puts Data in the Cloud

Jigsaw, a leading provider of business information and data services, today announced the availability of Data Fusion, the first cloud-based, automated system for acquiring and managing new sales prospect records for CRM and marketing automation systems, including Salesforce CRM. Data Fusion transforms the way companies acquire and manage their records in the same way the subscription-based software-as-a-service model transformed the way companies buy and use software. It addresses the issue that 80 percent of records in most CRM systems are incorrect or incomplete, and therefore sub-optimal for prospecting and driving sales. Data Fusion is immediately available for test drive and deployment on the Force.com AppExchange at http://www.salesforce.com/appexchange/. Jigsaw has built the world’s largest user-generated database of complete and updated business contact inf... (more)

Callidus Software Launches New Commissions Manager Solution on Force.com

Callidus Software has unveiled its Callidus Commissions Manager solution. Commissions Manager is a 100% native Force.com solution that delivers a compelling, easy-to-use application that can be rapidly deployed and can help companies drive adoption of Salesforce CRM. The solution enables sales professionals to manage commissions and claims as part of their day-to-day opportunity management. Callidus Commission Manager is now available on the AppExchange at www.salesforce.com/appexchange. "Sales reps and managers always want immediate access to the latest information on their performance. Callidus Commissions Manager delivers just that," said Kendall Collins, chief marketing officer at salesforce.com. "Built on the Force.com cloud computing platform, customers can get Callidus Commissions Manager via the AppExchange with just a few clicks." Callidus Commissions Manag... (more)

Oracle Fusion Middleware Delivers World Record Single-Node Result

Today, Oracle announced that Oracle® WebLogic Server, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, together with Oracle Database 11g running on an HP ProLiant DL785 G6 server, achieved a world record single-node result with the SPECjAppServer2004 industry standard benchmark(1). This result surpasses the best IBM WebSphere SPECjAppServer2004 single node result by nearly 7 times(2). Oracle WebLogic Server with Oracle Database 11g achieved 9,455.17 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard (jAppServer Operations Per Second). The Java Application Server was running on a HP ProLiant DL785 G6 with a Six-Core AMD Opteron(TM) 8439 SE 2.8 GHz processor and used HP StorageWorks 70 Modular Storage Arrays for external storage and HP ProCurve networking switches for connectivity. Oracle Database 11g was running on an identical hardware configuration. Both the application server and database ... (more)

Day-Timer Improves Its System and Personnel Productivity

Savings Achieved by Minimizing MIPS Usage, Faster Batch Processing and More Responsive Development Resources BEND, Oregon, 21st October, 2009 – Alchemy Solutions, Inc. (www.alchemysolutions.com), provider of legacy modernization solutions, today announced that Day-Timer, Inc. has turned to Alchemy (www.AlchemySolutions.com) to drive down mainframe costs and make its business more productive. Using Alchemy's legacy migration and modernization tools, Day-Timer (www.DayTimer.com), the leader in personal productivity improvement, has migrated its ERP software to Windows Server and the Microsoft .NET Framework, saving $725,000 in the process. In addition to dramatic mainframe savings, Day-Timer has improved its own business productivity, and reports that batch processing is 10 percent faster and developers 25 percent more responsive to business needs. Besides minimizin... (more)

Fujitsu Announces Free Access to Its Enhanced Cloud BPM

Fujitsu today announced in North America free hosting of BPM applications for up to ten users. Based on the newest release of its Interstage(R) Cloud BPM platform, solution providers and enterprise teams of up to ten users can quickly develop and use process-based applications at no charge and without any time limit by using the platform via the Internet. Registration is available through www.InterstageBPM.com. Through InterstageBPM.com, solution providers and enterprise teams gain full access to all the components of the Fujitsu Interstage BPM suite -- from process discovery and visualization to modeling and simulation, automation, analysis and process optimization. The Fujitsu Interstage Cloud BPM platform runs within secure Fujitsu data centers in the U.S., ensuring consistent delivery on SLAs. InterstageBPM.com for Teams: In tough economic times, enterprises are ... (more)

Cloud Converter for Force.com Now Available

Salesforce.com Dreamforce Conference -- Model Metrics, the leader in cloud computing services for the enterprise and a premier partner of salesforce.com, today announced the availability of Cloud Converter for Force.com on the salesforce.com AppExchange. With Cloud Converter, Salesforce CRM and Force.com users can convert an Excel spreadsheet into an application on Force.com with just a few simple clicks. The announcement was made today at Dreamforce 2009, salesforce.com's user and developer conference. With Cloud Converter, an application developed by Model Metrics, users can automate and simplify the process of migrating spreadsheets to Force.com. Not only does the application migrate data, but it also automatically creates the custom objects and fields, including field types and list of values for certain field types. Utilization of Cloud Converter can save hours... (more)

Sun Microsystems Releases Java Platform Enterprise Edition 6

Download GlassFish 3.0 Whitepaper Sun Microsystems announced the availability of the Java Platform Enterprise Edition 6 (Java EE 6) and significant industry support from Java technology licensees including Caucho, IBM, Oracle and Red Hat. Java EE is the premier platform for web and enterprise application development and deployment. Java EE 6 introduces features to increase the flexibility of the platform and enable companies to use specific application scenarios, in addition to the full enterprise platform, to help meet their use case requirements. The Java EE SDK has been downloaded more than 18 million times and the specification is supported by 28 licensees that market Java EE compatible-products. View GlassFish 3.0 Webinar The Java EE platform and its underlying technology specifications continue to be developed through the Java Community Process(SM) (JCP) and by... (more)

Cloud Computing Instrumental in IT Recovery for 2010

New Year 2010 on Ulitzer IDC, the tech industry analysts, have come out with their predictions for 2010 – and it’s a model that heavily involves the development and growth of the Cloud. First some general IT industry forecasts: - growth is expected to return to the IT industry, and IDC is forecasting a more than 3% expansion for the year; the industry will see spending levels rise once again (but to 2008 levels) to $1.5 trillion; - emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil will lead IT recovery, growing 8-13%, while mature markets like the U.S. and Europe are to remain relatively weak and vulnerable to risk factors; - small and medium-sized businesses, another important form of “emerging market” for the IT industry, declined by about 3.5% this year…but expect this sector to grow in 2010 by 3.5%. Growth among SMBs will be higher than large enterprises. What ro... (more)