Chief information officers (CIOs) are expected to cut spending on computer and communications equipment while increasing investment in software, especially for software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps, analytics and mobile apps, Forrester Research is predicting.
SIP trunking has become the "connectivity choice" for enterprises upgrading their communications systems to IP PBX and unified communications (UC), observed Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC and IMS at Infonetics Research.
Microsoft continues to dominate a sluggish enterprise software market, according to the latest stats from IDC. Microsoft had a 17.1 percent share of the enterprise software market based on revenues in 2012, down from a 17.4 percent share in 2011.
General Electric is investing $105 million for a 10 percent stake in Pivotal, a cloud-based software applications firm recently spun off from EMC and VMware.
On Friday, enterprise software firm Rally Software raised $84 million in an initial public offering (IPO) and saw its shares jump more than 28 percent in its first hour of trading. Rally, which provides cloud-based Agile project management software to enterprises, had expected to raise only $70 million through the IPO, according to an S-1 form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in March.
Avaya is teaming with VMware and EMC to launch Avaya collaboration pods for the Aura virtualized environment, marking the first offering in its collaboration pods portfolio, the company announced this week.
Dropbox, the controversial file sharing service, is renaming its Dropbox for Teams as Dropbox for Business to reflect its business focus. To address security concerns, Dropbox recently announced that it will support single sign-on, which enables employees to sign in once to a central identity provider.
China is expected to be a hot market for customer relationship management (CRM) software in China over the next few years, predicted research firm TechNavio.
Wrike, an online project management software provider, has added new tracking capabilities that enable employees to track editing changes to online documents for their tasks and projects.
Enterprises should find a middle way on social media use, between prohibition and unrestricted access, advised Forrester Research analyst Nick Hayes in a recent blog post. Hayes noted that security and risk management personnel usually opt for prohibition because of the risks.