Category Archives: SaaS

Will Coin, Plastc, or Apple Pay Replace Your Wallet?

Will Coin, Plastc, or Apple Pay Replace Your Wallet?

Paper or plastic? Which form of payment do we use the most? A Federal Reserve study reveals cash still accounts for 40% of all transactions, but credit cards surprisingly only command 17% of total transactions. Debit card payments makeup a quarter of total transactions, showing that even in 2014, cash is still king. The same…

The Internet of Things – As Easy as Child’s Play

The Internet of Things – As Easy as Child’s Play

The Internet of Things – As Easy as Child’s Play Google, Apple, Samsung and Amazon – the leading tech companies of the world would have you believe that designing devices and software for the internet of things is technically challenging, expensive, and requires great expertise. How else could they justify charging some of the sky-high…

The Power of the API: How Plugging Data Brings Extraordinary Services to the Public

The Power of the API: How Plugging Data Brings Extraordinary Services to the Public

Painting With APIs APIs or application programming interfaces of popular services are used by numerous startups to bring valuable services to the general public. API websites such as ProgrammableWeb is one of the more popular sites offering a variety of plugins and mashup examples. Companies such as Facebook, Foursquare and the Google’s API explorer share…

Adobe Refreshes Elements Lineup With New Editing Tools

Adobe Refreshes Elements Lineup With New Editing Tools

For creatives who want the editing power of Adobe Photoshop or Premiere but don’t want to pay for a Creative Cloud subscription, the company’s Elements line offers many of the features of its two flagships, but without the obligation of a subscription. Both Elements applications were updated Wednesday with new effects and editing tools and for…

Is SaaS For You? Three Questions To Ask

Is SaaS For You? Three Questions To Ask

The idea of providing software to customers for a fee without the need for investments in IT infrastructure or staff has been around for decades. In the 1970s it was called Timesharing. Back then, companies utilized Timesharing services as their primary source of IT applications or as an extension of in-house IT applications, thereby avoiding…

The Ghost Of Cloud Service Past

The Ghost Of Cloud Service Past

The Ghost Of Cloud Service Past My last three Cloudtweaks posts have all been about food. I talked about Cloud Bouillabaisse, the “are you sure button of cloud pizza delivery and finally I’ll have what they are having (not a “When Harry met Sally” reference)”. Today I would like to slide out of food references…

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Self-Service BI (Business Intelligence) 101

Self-Service BI (Business Intelligence) 101

BI (Business Intelligence) 101 Non-technical users are increasingly jumping at the opportunity to get real-time business insight from data without the help of the IT department, whether they’re a small business without an IT staff altogether, or a high-ranking executive unwilling to request a report that will take a week to be completed. What is…

2015 Cybersecurity Challenges (5 Things To Expect)

2015 Cybersecurity Challenges (5 Things To Expect)

2015 Cybersecurity Challenges Every December, security experts begin to release their predictions on what cybersecurity will look like in the coming year. “The concept behind predictions is based on a company’s ability to express its expertise in a field both on the business and on the technology end,” said Barry Shteiman, director of security strategy…

The Role Cloud Technology Plays in the Recruiting Industry

The Role Cloud Technology Plays in the Recruiting Industry

The Recruiting Industry Like most other established industries, the recruiting industry is being disrupted by new business models and cutting-edge technologies. From recruiting technology talent with a highly publicized hackathon, to handling graphic or even online versions or resumes, recruiting agencies are seeing new challenges and opportunities every day. Yet, the goal is still the…

Cloud and regulation in financial services

Cloud and regulation in financial services

Cloud Regulation When talking about cloud and regulation in financial services, it is important to approach it with a clear understanding of the typical policies that your national regulator will require you to adhere to. Let’s start with outsourcing policy. Cloud mode provides us with a way of outsourcing data centre environments, applications, and services…

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