Anyone who knows what WoW or MMORPG stand for also knows that PC gaming has
something important to say about SaaS. For the acronym-unacquainted among us,
“World of Warcraft” (WoW) is a “massively multiplayer role-playing
game” (MMORPG) in which millions of online players compete for in-game
rewards and experience. The numbers behind WoW are staggering – at the time
of writing, over 5.5 million users were online. Add to that some 7 million
inactive users, and Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind WoW, has over
a dozen million paying subscribers. Wow indeed.
Considering that WoW was released in 2004, what gives? How have they
maintained such a robust user base? What brings users back?
There is, of course, more than one answer – sociologists, marketing
specialists and psychologists, nevermind addiction counselors, all have
interesting things to say. But what intere... (more)
There are more visible SaaS offerings, but e-signature services are fast
becoming a cornerstone of cloud-based business. It makes sense – why print
and sign paper documents when everything else is done online? Plenty of
companies are asking that question, and it shows: EchoSign, an e-signature
industry leader, reported growth of 216% between Q2 ‘09 and Q2 ‘10. Not
bad for a company named for a dolphin.
RightSignature is a relative newcomer to the e-signature game, but having
signed Farme... (more)
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Last week we received an email from Thinkfuse, a cloud app that delivers
“simple status reports.”
To make a long story short, they told us (and their many customers) that they
were purchased by Salesforce and were shutting down operations.
Here’s a screenshot of the email:
Getting bought by Salesforce is big news for Thinkfuse. They probably made a
splash load of cash for themselves and their investors. They’re now
involved with a product serving millions of subscribers, instead of a few
thousand. They’re moving up the totem pole.
Unfortunately, the deal is less good news for Thin... (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)