Office Apps on the iPhone: iPhone vs Blackberry

first_imgIt’s possible the iPhone launch on Friday 29 June is more hype than substance – indeedthecurrent poll we’re running on R/WW has only 20% of respondants interested in buyingan iPhone as soon as it’s released! 41% have no plans to buy one and a further 18% saidthey’ll never buy one. The poll is below, if you’d like to have your say. Nevertheless,there is a flurry ofweb development activity around the iPhone. One of the more surprising aspects ofthis is that enterprise apps are being built for, or ported to, the iPhone.iZoho announced We mentioned in our previous post that CRM provider Etelos had created aniPhone version of its product. Today Zoho has announced an iPhoneversion of their Web Office suite, called (naturally enough) iZoho. It currently allows users to view documents,spreadsheets and presentations. As of now, only documents can be edited. And Zoho hasn’tactually tested this on iPhone yet, so they say they will add more features “after we getto play with iPhone.”The big question around all of this is: how much adoption will the iPhone get in theenterprise? We know that the iPhone will be mostly a consumer play, as with the majorityof Apple products. But on the other hand, the Blackberry has been an enormous success inthe enterprise. In many ways, the iPhone will compete with the Blackberry – and italready looks to have much better Web support. Zoho noted this about iPhone in their blog post:“…a device with a big screen, built in Wi-Fi, good usability and a full fledgedbrowser will only improve the chances of practically using web apps on a mobiledevice.”Raju Vegesna from Zoho told me they don’t have a version for Blackberry and that developing Zoho for theBlackberry would be much more difficult. “iPhone was easy because we didn’t do lots ofchanges”, Raju said, “we just supported Safari. But that’s not thecase with Blackberry. We’d have to do a specific version for it, as it is not a fullfledged browser.”Conclusion: Watch out Blackberry!In response to a question from Simon Leyland about business use of the iPhone in ourprevious post, a commenter named Dan responded:“Simon, I am not sure that iPhones will be less desirable than Blackberry’s to theEnterprise. The Exec. and outside sales teams seem to be ideal for browser-based appsthat get them their data. Why not? I have been using a Blackberry for years and ready totry something new. I would love to get at my data from a smaller device than a laptop.But I may be the exception to the rule.”I think Dan is right and there will be demand from businesses for the iPhone, despitethe higher price. The iPhone has better Web support than the Blackberry and by allaccounts is easier to use (although we won’t know for sure till Friday). What do youthink – will there be demand in the enterprise for the iPhone? How will this affectBlackberry? Tags:#Analysis#Apple#web#Web Office richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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SaaS Security: Scrutinizing the Security Terms of Cloud Vendor Contracts

first_imgNumerous surveys and reports have found that the biggest worry businesses have today about adopting cloud/SaaS technologies is security.  For example, security is reported as a top concern by analysts like IDC, Gartner, and Forrester.With concerns around security high, it is no wonder that businesses are carefully scrutinizing the terms describing security in their cloud and SaaS contracts.  Unfortuantely, they’re usually not happy with what they’re seeing.  Gartner found that 80 percent of IT procurement professions are not satisfied with the language that describes security in their SaaS contracts.Alexa Bona, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, said that “We continue to see frustration among cloud services users over the form and degree of transparency they are able to obtain from prospective and current service providers.  As more buyers demand it, and as the standards mature, it will become increasingly common practice to perform assessments in a variety of ways, including reviewing responses to a questionnaire, reviewing third-party audit statements, conducting an on-site audit and/or monitoring the cloud services provider.”The Gartner report found that “nearly all contracts have a force majeure clause that excludes several forms of catastrophic incident.  If a failure simultaneously affected 1,000 customers, and each was entitled to $2 million of compensation, it would amount to a total payout of $2 billion. Ask service providers what their total liability would be in the case of a failure impacting all of their tenants, and demand evidence of adequately underwritten insurance.”What should customers look for in their SaaS contracts?  TechRepublic reports that Gartner recommends the following:Audits – Annual security audits should be made that are backed by third-party certification.  The findings should be available.Security and Recovery – Contract SLAs should include  language about recovery times, recovery point objectives and data integrity.  Penalties should kick in if the SLAs are missed.Written Commitments – Contract language should address security measures, protection from third party attacks, and vulnerability testing.Compensation and Penalties – Ideally the contract should provide meaningful compensation for lost security, service or data.  This is often missing in many of today’s contracts.Despite anxiety around security, it doesn’t seem to be holding back businesses from signing onto cloud contracts.  Gartner estimates that the SaaS market is growing at an unstoppable rate — from $14.5 billion in 2012 to more than $22 billion in 2015.last_img read more

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Axcient Cloud Continuity Wants to Put And End to Downtime for SMBs

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Axcient uses what it describes as a kind of box that is placed in every office that reads the state of the business computing and saves it in its entirety. Moore describes it as easy as having the cable man come in and set up your cable box. What Axcient does well is serve SMBs with a single solution for virtualized and read-state storage on one platform. It is not what Axcient is trying to do is completely unique in the data storage business but rather that it brings in the approaches of several different vendors into one easy solution.“We have been working for 14 months to develop a 20 second function,” Moore said. Moore believes that in the realm of data backup and infrastructure, the small to medium business vertical is not well represented and hence is a market that Axcient can be come ubiquitous in. The Cloud Continuity products starts as low as $100 and the user interface and administration controls are designed to be simple for even the most computer illiterate of businesses. Moore’s argument and vision is compelling and the technology may be able to pull it off.In terms of redundancy, Axcient has data centers on both the east and west coast and it is growing quickly, adding infrastructure and employees day-to-day. The model is built on Hewlett-Packard hardware and will be available in November. Axcient’s last funding round was in the realm of $15 million. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Cloud Providers#Data Centers#Products Related Posts dan rowinski Over the last several years, the cloud has brought a host of functionality to small and medium businesses that did not exist before. The ability to host and store data at the fraction of the cost than what was available before may prove to be a seminal shift in the history of how industries conduct digital business.A company called Axcient wants to take it a step further. Axcient, which specializes in data backup and infrastructure for SMBs, is releasing a product today that it calls Cloud Continuity and its makes a big, bold claim: the end to business downtown, period. Axcient’s approach to data backup and business computing certainly is unique in the industry, but can it really put an end to downtime?Axcient CEO Justin Moore is certain that his company has figured out the answer. The Cloud Continuity product is a mixture of several different aspects of the data backup industry tied in to Axcient’s existing infrastructure. Imagine the ability to save every single thing that happens in your business in the cloud. Not just the files and the data, but the actual infrastructure of your business, from desktops to applications to system administration files. Cloud Continuity claims to be able to save the entire business from the driver image level, file level and application level and to restore them to their entirety with the click of a button exactly as they were left. Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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January Must-Hit List: A$AP Ferg, Sam Smith, Red Bull Thre3style & More

first_img Featured Events Motown The Musical — Through Sunday, January 18 Motown The Musical hits Philadelphia’s world famous Avenue of the Arts for a can’t-miss run at The Academy of Music. Chronicling the epic story of Motown founder Berry Gordy, this unstoppable productions tells the story of the legendary artists, including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more, who would shattered barriers and write the songs that would make the entire world move to the same beat. Sam Smith — Tuesday, January 13 Still riding high off the release of his platinum-selling hit “Stay With Me,” UK singer/songwriter Sam Smith performs in Philly later this month. Headlining his first North American tour, Smith will bring his arena-rocking sound to The Liacouras Center in support of his debut studio album, In The Lonely Hour. Art After 5 with DJ Rob Base — Friday, January 16 Kick off your weekend right with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Friday night mixer, Art After 5. Inspired by Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, Sound Reformation, led by Darryl Yokley, will perform a set of jazz music they’ve coined as Pictures at an African American Exhibition. Later in the evening, the vibe switches to a dance party with celebrity guest DJ Rob Base. Who Got Jazz | Nina Simone Tribute — Thursday, January 22 Check out the new face of Philly jazz as Veteran Freshman and Flygirrl return with the next edition of Who Got The Jazz. This classic Philly music showcase features a lineup of young, emerging jazz musicians laying down some serious sounds at popular Philly soul food joint, Warmdaddy’s. This month’s showcase honors legendary jazz great Nina Simone and includes featured performances by Brianna Cash, Roi Lush, Parris Love, Shotty G and more. A$AP Ferg & YG — Saturday, January 17 A founding member of the breakout rap group A$AP Mob, A$AP Ferg lands in Philadelphia on January 17 to perform at the Electric Factory. Also on the bill for that evening will be Def Jam recording artist YG, who is currently touring to promote his 2014 release My Krazy Life, which includes guest appearances by an impressive lineup of talents, including Drake, Rich Homie Quan, and ScHoolboy Q. Get Lifted — Friday, January 23 Philly, this month Flygirrl and GL Productions return with another dope concept. On January 23, all roads leads to Trilogy Nightclub for the inaugural edition of Get Lifted with DJs Rich Medina, Mike Nyce and Cosmo Baker. The trio of Philly turntable phenoms will spin everything from hip-hop and classics to funk, afrobeat, soul and more. Trust us—this is 100% a can’t-miss affair. Red Bull Thre3Style — Philadelphia Qualifier – Friday, January 30 After sifting through applications from some of the top DJs in the nation, an expert panel of judges like Philly’s own DJ Jazzy Jeff has selected 60+ participants to compete across 12 regional qualifiers leading up to the 2015 Red Bull Thre3style USA Championships. For the Philadelphia regional qualifier, five DJs — Dj Impulse, Patrice McBride, FingerSmith, Reed Streets, Royale — will battle it out to advance to the USA and world championships. We definitely think Philly has this one in the bag. Let’s go! Philly 360° Spotlights Represent: 200 Years of African American Art This winter, the Philadelphia Museum of Art opens a groundbreaking exhibition highlighting its exception collection of work by African American artists. Reflecting a broad spectrum of styles, subjects and traditions, Represent will include over 75 works by more than 50 artists including Horace Pippin, Kara Walker, Henry Tanner, Jacob Lawrence and more. The 2015 Must-Hit List It’s official—the new year is here and it is already shaping up to be an epic year in Philadelphia. Roots Picnic, BlackStar Film Festival, Forbes Under 30 Summit and more—there are plenty of dope events on the horizon. So, check out our list of 10 must-hit events going down in Philly this year. Rewind: 20/20 Experience After Party Last month, two of the industry’s most in-demand musical directors, Adam Blackstone and Darryl Robinson, joined forces to throw the official Philadelphia after party for Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour. Philly fans came out in record number to show their love for JT and these two hometown heroes. And, of course Philly 360° was there to capture it all. Watch out recap video now. Ivben Taqiy Presents Green Winter Philly-based creative Ivben Taqiy is one of the dopest, and busiest, visual artists on the city’s booming art scene. This week, Taqiy opens his latest exhibit, Green Winter, featuring over a dozen portraits of the notable personalities and performers who have inspired our generation. Red Bull Thre3Style(© Jeremy Deputat/Red Bull Media House)last_img read more

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Max Scherzers 20Strikeout Game Was Weirder Than Any Other

… 121Roger Clemens9/21/98TORBAL817153080.5 4Pedro Martinez9/10/99BOSNYY9111701103.2 39Max Scherzer5/11/16WSNDET92024.78.2+11.8 On Wednesday night, Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals mowed down the Detroit Tigers’ lineup for 20 strikeouts. It was just the sixth time any pitcher had struck out that many batters in a game since 1913. (Or the fifth time if you only count 9-inning games — sorry, Tom Cheney.) Scherzer’s accomplishment was historic — and historically weird, too.Scherzer also gave up two home runs in the game. That means that his performance would be considered good, but not necessarily great, by single-game starting-pitcher metrics like Bill James’s game score, or the custom variant we use in our own Elo rating algorithm. Our ratings even adjust for the quality of competition a pitcher faces, and they still rank Scherzer’s gem 119th among the 212 9-inning games with 15 or more strikeouts since 1913. 15+ strikeout games ranked by FiveThirtyEight game score PLAYERDATETEAMOPPIPSOOPP. SO%EXP. SODIFF. However, for all the ways in which Scherzer’s 20-K game was strange and perhaps less impressive than it seemed at first glance, his command of the strike zone was impeccable. He didn’t walk a batter, and although he gave up six hits and two home runs, Deadspin’s Tom Ley makes the great point that those blemishes were a product of aggressive pitching. Scherzer threw a ton of strikes — only 23 of his 119 pitches failed to find the zone — and that’s the game plan of somebody who’s challenging batters to hit his stuff. Some of them did, but most were sent back to the dugout shaking their heads.It had been a long time since the last 20-K game, and the game has changed a lot since Randy Johnson struck out 20 Cincinnati Reds in 2001. Modern pitch-counting managers won’t let today’s versions of Roger Clemens stick around for 151 pitches, for instance. So maybe Scherzer’s combative plan is the new path to huge strikeout games — even if that means they aren’t as statistically impressive as similar outings from the past. 37Johan Santana8/19/07MINTEX81719.75.1+11.9 5Nolan Ryan8/12/74CALBOS91913.14.7+14.3 119Max Scherzer5/11/16WSNDET926200281.1 38Dazzy Vance5/2/23BRONYG10156.73.1+11.9 4Ron Guidry6/17/78NYYCAL91811.03.6+14.4 RKPITCHERDATETEAMOPPIPRHSOBBHRGAME SCORE 15+ strikeout games only, 1913-2016Source: Baseball-Reference, FanGraphs (As measured by game score, Scherzer’s no-hitter over the Mets last October — his second no-hitter of 2015 alone — was a far more impressive accomplishment.)Scherzer also threw his 20 Ks in an era when strikeouts are more common. So far this season, Tiger batters have struck out in nearly a quarter of their plate appearances, fourth-most in MLB. Based on that number and the fact that Scherzer faced 33 Tigers Wednesday, we’d have expected an average pitcher to sit down 8.2 Tigers on strikes, meaning Scherzer struck out 11.8 more batters than expected. Among historical 15+ K games, that number also ranks surprisingly low, checking in at No. 39 since 1913: 3Erik Bedard7/7/07BALTEX9021500104.6 5Max Scherzer10/3/15WSNNYM9001700103.0 Source: Baseball-Reference.com 3Roger Clemens4/29/86BOSSEA92018.65.6+14.4 1Kerry Wood5/6/98CHCHOU9012000110.4 2Pedro Martinez5/12/00BOSBAL9021500105.4 120Dwight Gooden9/17/84NYMPHI827160080.8 … 1Kerry Wood5/6/98CHCHOU92017.4%5.0+15.0 40Nolan Ryan8/18/76CALDET101712.15.2+11.8 2Randy Johnson5/8/01ARICIN92018.85.5+14.5 41Van Mungo9/29/35BROPHI91511.13.2+11.8 118Jason Schmidt6/6/06SFGFLA917161181.2 Strikeouts above expectation, ranked 117Nolan Ryan8/12/74CALBOS927192081.4 read more

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