Despite our recent(ish) blog post bashing Microsoft’s cloud initiatives,
there’s a nugget of brilliance in “The Economics of The Cloud,” a
recent paper published by Rolf Harms and Michael Yamartino, head corporate
strategists at Microsoft. It’s a good paper, but the brilliance is in the
When cars emerged in the early 20th century, they were initially called
horseless carriages. Understandably, people were skeptical at first, and they
viewed the invention through the lens of the paradigm that had been dominant
for centuries: the horse and carriage. The first cars also looked very
similar to the horse and carriage (just without the horse), as engineers
initially failed to understand the new possibilities of the new paradigm,
such as building for higher speeds, or greater safety. Incredibly, engineers
kept designing the whip holder into the early ... (more)
The cloud revolution is in full swing, with dozens of new cloud-based
software services popping up each month. We now have incredible business
tools to manage everything from sales to marketing to accounting to
inventory, and the software keeps getting better. As is the way with software
development, and technical advancements in general, a new “revolution” is
always on the horizon. Up next? The Mobile Revolution.
Mobile? So what?
First, it was cloud. Then it was SaaS. Now it’s mobile – the ability to
deliver high-performance software experiences anywhere, anytime, and to any
When small business owners think of software, they think of email, file
management, and…. CRM. Shorthand for “Contact Relationship Management,”
CRMs help businesses organize their customers, leads and sales. Important
Unfortunately, choosing a CRM isn’t easy. The Google Apps marketplace lists
90 of ‘em: GetApp has over 280. There are thousands more (and they all
sound the same). How’s a business owner to choose?
We review (and break) new CRMs every week, so we’re pretty confident when
we spot a good one. Here are 5 tips for choosing your own CRM – hope it
#1 Cho... (more)
This week we’re sitting down with Jonathan Bensamoun, head of product and
resident retail guru at Shopkeep. Shopkeep is “point of sale software”
(POS), ie the software that drives the registers and inventory when you buy
at retail stores. Unlike most POS systems, Shopkeep is cloud based, runs on
iPads, and (gasp) is actually fun to use. Cool stuff.
Read on for our full interview.
VM: Before we get started, what’s your pitch? What is Shopkeep, who is it
for, and why is it awesome?
JB: ShopKeep POS is a cloud-based iPad POS system for retailers designed to
be the simple... (more)
Here at VM we’re planning our spring 2011 conference tour and we’re happy
to say there’s a lot going on in the world of presentations and meetings
about cloud-computing. Deadlines are fast-approaching though, so check out
the list we’ve put together below and see if there’s something happening
near you… hope to see you there!
Note: this list is incomplete and bound to change. Descriptions were taken
off the sponsoring organizations’ websites and so may not reflect content
and/or quality. Don’t hold us accountable if a conference sucks.
What: Global Services Conference 2011: Enabl... (more)