Just returned from South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX. My first time and what a great event! If you’re wondering where the web 2.0 world has been the last few days, well I found them all on 6th Street. Social media was the talk of Interactive. From the continuing quest for enhanced monetization model ideas to raising VC money, to the increasing adoption by enterprise of affordable, open source online software over traditional proprietary versions. In case you thought social media was just the latest fad for techies and early adopters, many at SXSW would have you think it’s not… more like a cultural movement. And I agree. Users poking around in Facebook, sending mail through Google, and sharing photos through Flickr, are beginning to wonder why the software they are forced to use at work isn’t as easy or available. I see this changing and it will be driven by users of all types as more depend on it in their personal lives. The talk of Interactive, as you have likely heard by now, is the now infamous interview debacle by journalist Sarah Lacey of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to a capacity audience. Sarah appeared to have injected herself too much in the interview, plugging her book and wording her questions in a style that irked a live crowd that quickly turned on her, while empathizing with Mark. I wasn’t there in attendance, but you couldn’t walk ten feet without someone asking or talking about it.
Category Archives: SaaS
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At my company PEER 1 ,we’ve just sent out a press release today regarding our new SaaS3 – Software as a Service Incubation and Enablement Program. This low-cost program is geared to Independent Software Vendors (ISV) with small to mid-size business growth and provides them with a secure environment to develop and test their service. You can test, deploy and manage your Web 2.0, enterprise 2.0 and SaaS applications throughout the entire product life cycle on the Microsoft Windows platform. This is a great offering. There is so much growth in SaaS, but many startups don’t have the resources to build out their IT infrastructure just to test their products. This program addresses that concern.
Yahoo! has announced it is buying popular popular SaaS email product Zimbra for $350 million. Zimbra is a great compliment to Yahoo’s personal email software. Zimbra, which is targeted to small-to-medium size businesses, provides email and calendar services very similar to Microsoft Outlook (with a VERY similar look and feel). The difference is the service is delivered online rather than from your desktop, and costs $28 per user. This acquisition is the most recent response to the war waging between Yahoo! and Google. Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs have had many online users and businesses switching over to the G-spot… including me. Yahoo! has had to quickly outgrow its roots as a portal and personal email service, to offering services compelling to business operators. This fierce competition can only mean good things for the online user, with more and more software coming online and being offered for free or at very affordable rates.