small business efficiency

Cloud SaaS Providers and the Continued Growth Ahead

Cloud SaaS Providers

According to Gartner, the worldwide public cloud services market is projected to grow by 18% this year. But the SaaS (Software as a Service) portion of the market is set to exceed that, growing by over 20%. So we decided to put together a list (in no particular order) of some noteworthy SaaS providers to provide you with an idea.

  1. Slack

Slack (Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge) is cloud based service that allows for team conversations, collaboration, and workflow management within an office or across the globe. Slack started life as an internal platform for Tiny Speck during the development of an online game. However, they decided to market the product following the games completion and 8,000 customers signed up within 24 hours of the launch in August 2013. By 2015 they had more than a million daily users and as of February 2017 they had grown to five million daily users.

  1. Ring Central

RingCentral, Inc. is a global provider of cloud unified communications and collaboration solutions that serve some 350,000 companies. They provide business software that unifies voice, video, team messaging and collaboration, SMS, conferencing and online meetings, contact center, and fax, allowing distributed work forces to communicate, collaborate and connect from anywhere in the world. Their VoIP services allow companies to grow their business, without concern for communications hardware.

  1. Workday

Workday, Inc. was founded in 2005 by David Duffield and Aneel Bhusri, who both left PeopleSoft after Oracle’s takeover in 2005. Much like Oracle and SAP they provide cloud-based financial management and human capital management software and in the first quarter of last year, announced that annual revenue had exceeded $1 billion dollars for the first time!

  1. Oracle

Oracle Corporation in Redwood Shores, California, is a global computer technology firm with more than 420,000 customers across 145 countries. Oracle specializes primarily in both developing and marketing database software and technology, cloud engineered systems and enterprise software product, including its own brands of database management systems. They also offer a suite of business applications that can help with financials, manufacturing, customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP) and human resource management, Oracle Beehive (team collaboration software) and Oracle Secure Enterprise Search (SES), that allows a search across multiple locations and systems.

  1. Salesforce.com

Salesforce, now with a market capitalization above $61 billion, are the world’s largest CRM platform, with the entire service provided via the cloud. Based out of San Francisco, California, these cloud giants pioneered the SaaS (Software as a Service) market. Their offer sales, marketing, finance, and analytics software, as well as virtual desks, and social networking with colleagues and customers.

  1. Broadsoft

BroadSoft has been a market leader in cloud communications, team collaboration and contact center solutions since 1998. They serve over 500 firms worldwide, supporting millions of subscribers, providing cloud based communications solutions on their BroadWorks and BroadCloud platforms.

  1. Quickbooks

Quickbooks, “the world’s number 1 accounting solution”, is an accounting software package from Intuit. They offer on premises and cloud based accounting solutions to manage bills, payments, and pall roll functions for mostly small and medium sized businesses, including a new blockchain integration!

  1. Dropbox

The San Francisco based file storage/sharing software company Dropbox now serves 500 million people and 200,000 businesses around the world. Dropbox was founded in 2007, by MIT students Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, as a small startup company and has since grown into a global enterprise offering cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software. It provides easy to use cloud storage for businesses and personal users that remains secure with AES-256 bit encryption and two-step verification.

Sponsored series provided by Ring Central 

By Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton

​Josh Hamilton ​is an aspiring journalist and writer who has written for a number of publications​ involving Cloud computing, Fintech and Legaltech​. ​Josh has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Law​ from ​Queen's University in Belfast​​.
Studies included, Politics of Sustainable Development, European Law, Modern Political Theory and Law of Ethics​.

View Website
IBM Puts Data To Work for AI and in the Cloud

IBM Puts Data To Work for AI and in the Cloud

Artificial Intelligence, deep learning and cognitive solutions are a big part of the future of IBM, as clients accelerate their digital transformations fueled by data. The company’s new multicloud data platform, IBM Cloud Private (ICP) ...
Maduro Attempted Assassination by Drones - A Nasty Part of the Future Has Arrived

Maduro Attempted Assassination by Drones – A Nasty Part of the Future Has Arrived

January: I wrote of Slaughterbots – the potential of small ariel drones that could kill. March: I talked about how Sci-Fi was becoming reality with the intro of Skydio a drone that could track you ...
Analytics – A journey to AI

Analytics – A journey to AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been around in concept since the 1950s when Arthur L. Samuel, created a learning algorithm that allowed a machine to beat the local state checkers champion.  Yet, it took the largest supercomputer ...
Part 2 - Identity Assurance by Our Own Volition and Memory

Part 2 – Identity Assurance by Our Own Volition and Memory

Identity Assurance by Our Own Volition and Memory We believe that the reliable identity assurance (See part 1) must be built on three prerequisite principles as follows. Volition of the User – with Self-Determination, Identity ...
Four interesting Amazon patents in 2018 that use machine learning, AR, and robotics

Four interesting Amazon patents in 2018 that use machine learning, AR, and robotics

“There are two kinds of companies, those that work to try to charge more and those that work to charge less. We will be the second.”— Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon When Jeff Bezos launched Amazon.com ...
SAP S/4HANA Cloud Adds Exciting New Capabilities to Manufacturing and Professional Services Industries

SAP S/4HANA Cloud Adds Exciting New Capabilities to Manufacturing and Professional Services Industries

Earlier this year, customers were provided with the deepest, broadest AI-powered functionality in the ERP market with the 1805 release of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, SAP’s flagship intelligent ERP solution. This unlocked 12 new AI-powered scenarios, which significantly ...
Top 5 Deep Learning Architectures

Top 5 Deep Learning Architectures

If you are a deep learning practitioner or someone who wants to get into the world of deep learning, you might be well acquainted with neural networks already. Neural networks, inspired by biological neural networks, are pretty useful ...
DIY AI! Build your own AI with kits from Google

DIY AI! Build your own AI with kits from Google

Worried about the rise of the machines? Like doing things yourself? Now you can address both. Build your own AI with kits from Google. You can tell when something’s time has come. Hobbyists and tinkerers ...
AI Meets Industrial IOT: Power Your Data-Driven Enterprise

AI Meets Industrial IOT: Power Your Data-Driven Enterprise

The rapidly progressing Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology offers a lot of new opportunities to businesses in the industrial sector. Smart machines that are capable of performing repetitive tasks with accuracy and self-correcting errors would be ...
Strategies for Monetizing Data: 2018 and Beyond

Strategies for Monetizing Data: 2018 and Beyond

Strategies for Monetizing Data The data revolution is here, and it creates an investment priority for enterprises to stay competitive and drive new opportunities. One of the brightest areas is data monetization, which describes how ...
Driving AI Revolution with Pre-built Analytic Modules

Driving AI Revolution with Pre-built Analytic Modules

What is the Intelligence Revolution equivalent to the 1/4” bolt?   I asked this question in the blog “How History Can Prepare Us for Upcoming AI Revolution?” when trying to understand what history can teach us ...
Artificial Intelligence And The Future of Accounting

Artificial Intelligence And The Future of Accounting

The Future of AI Accounting Artificial intelligence has become an extremely hot topic over the last couple years. While many people welcome the thought of self-driving cars and chatbot customer service agents, others are rife ...
The Future of AI is Here

The Future of AI is Here

For the last five years, we’ve been discussing the future of AI with many organizations, including Intel, at the forefront of that conversation. However, while ensuring the world gets to experience new heights and unparalleled ...
That’s It? After All the Hype and Fear About A.I.? Turns Out They Can’t Do the Hard Stuff

That’s It? After All the Hype and Fear About A.I.? Turns Out They Can’t Do the Hard Stuff

Well, guess we should have known better. A.I. can play Jeopardy, Chess and Go but it seems their capabilities have topped out. Let’s talk about a new A.I. “winter”. A.I. was going to take your ...
The Cloud Reveals a Future of Work That May Be Scary to Some

The Cloud Reveals a Future of Work That May Be Scary to Some

The Future of Work May Be Scary to Some Anyone paying attention to the world of work over the past 10 years or so has noticed the profound changes. Whether client-facing or internal, the cloud ...