IDG Contributor Network: Cue the guerrilla marketing — FinancialForce rolls out PSA Communities

One interesting aspect of commentating about a number of vendors in a particular space is that I get to sit in the middle of some competitive mud-slinging. Of course, no one really gets offended by vendor A trying to rain on vendor B’s parade — it’s all part and parcel of the thrust and parry of the industry.

I remember a year ago when ERP vendor NetSuite was holding its annual SuiteWorld event. FinancialForce, a competing ERP vendor, made a big show of choosing just that week to release a new marketing campaign — the “FrankenCloud” campaign was all designed to cast aspersions at the alleged complex and badly integrated solution set of its competitor.

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IDG Contributor Network: SAP Hybris rolls out its modular microservices marketplace. Is this a better approach to building an ecosystem?

Marketplaces and platforms are the holy grail for every enterprise vendor. Having seen the success of the Apple App Store (and, more latterly, Google Play) in the consumer space, enterprise vendors are racing headfirst to create their own destinations where customers can mix and match services from a number of different independent software vendors (ISVs). Hybris, the SAP division focused on customer-facing solutions, is rolling out its own offering: Hybris as a Service, or YaaS.

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Amazon rolls out cold cloud storage option

Amazon Web Services launched a new, less-expensive flavor of its cloud-based object storage service meant for data that is infrequently accessed (IA).

+ MORE AT NETWORK WORLD: All aboard the SS Dreamforce +

Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) IA is an alternative to the company’s standard S3 offering and its Glacier service. Amazon’s three storage offerings now include: S3 for fast access to data; S3 IA, which is less expensive than S3 with a slight tradeoff in availability; and Glacier, which offers even less expensive prices, with high availability but the tradeoff of long latency for retrievals.

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Amazon rolls out cold cloud storage option

Amazon Web Services today launched a new, less-expensive flavor of its cloud-based object storage service meant for data that is infrequently accessed (IA).

+ MORE AT NETWORK WORLD: All aboard the SS Dreamforce +

Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) IA is an alternative to the company’s standard S3 offering and its Glacier service. Amazon’s three storage offerings now include: S3 for fast access to data; S3 IA, which is less expensive than S3 with a slight tradeoff in availability; and Glacier, which offers even less expensive prices, with high availability but the tradeoff of long latency for retrievals.

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