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Enterprise OpenID: SAP Becomes a Provider

Enterprise OpenID: SAP Becomes a Provider

Enterprise software giant SAP can now be your OpenID provider, according to a blog post from the company this morning. Through their pilot program, you can use an openid.sap.com subdomain as your single sign-on identifier.

The decision to become a provider stemmed directly from the SAP Community Network, which, in addition to being a central…

Tablets are Toys (Not Mainstream Machines)

Tablets are Toys (Not Mainstream Machines)

Everyone is falling all over themselves to talk about tablets. Yesterday Wired.com topped them all in the hype department by declaring 2010 to be the year of the tablet. But let’s just slow down a minute. Yes, a big old pane of multi-touch goodness is a thing of beauty, and we’re just as susceptible to its magic as you are. But there’s a reason…

Webtrends 9: Google Analytics Eat Your Heart Out

Webtrends 9: Google Analytics Eat Your Heart Out

Webtrends has launched the ninth version of its Web analytics platform for the enterprise, and it’s impressive indeed. In addition to a standards-based interface that’s data-driven and accessible, three new features make Webtrends 9 stand out from the crowd.

First, there’s a selective RSS overlay to let you match site activity with key feeds…

Assembla Adds Private Installations to its Collaboration Platform

Assembla Adds Private Installations to its Collaboration Platform

Assembla, which makes collaborative workspaces for software development teams, has added a version you can download in order to run private installations. Every day, more pure play SaaS vendors in the collaboration space appear, but Assembla is a startup that also offers a robust self-hosted version as well.

Assembla is a wide-ranging software…

Enterprise 2.0: Awareness is Easier Than Execution, Says Nielsen

Enterprise 2.0: Awareness is Easier Than Execution, Says Nielsen

In a new report studying social networking on intranets, Web usability guru Jakob Nielsen asserts that despite broad awareness, real execution of Web 2.0 in the enterprise is still rare at this point.

We’ve noted Nielsen’s skepticism when it comes to Web 2.0 in the past, but it’s not outlandish to acknowledge that the enterprise moves slowly to…

Microsoft Actually Makes Something Intuitive: Dynamics POS 2009

Microsoft Actually Makes Something Intuitive: Dynamics POS 2009

Moan and groan all you like about SharePoint, Outlook and other Microsoft products. We’ll happily listen to your troubles and agree. But this time around we have to say it: Microsoft Dynamics POS is pretty slick. The 2009 version of the software was released today and is an easy-to-navigate resource for SMBs managing retail businesses.

Microsoft…

Boomi Widgets Ease SaaS Integration

Boomi Widgets Ease SaaS Integration

Boomi is a platform for on-demand integration of software as a service. Until recently, all their tools for migrating and manipulating data from SaaS applications were self-service: you built a custom pipeline from point A to point B every time.

Now, business users with little-to-no coding ability can create connections between their favorite…

Task.fm: A Remember The Milk Alternative

Task.fm: A Remember The Milk Alternative

It might not have a Gmail gadget and an iPhone app, but reminder service Task.fm is a good alternative to popular productivity tool Remember The Milk.

If you don’t need all the other bells and whistles, Task.fm is a good choice. The user experience is clean and simple, and the reminders by email, phone or SMS work like a charm. This week it added…

Ten Ways to Celebrate Sysadmin Day

Ten Ways to Celebrate Sysadmin Day

Every year since the turn of the century, the last Friday in July has been Sysadmin Appreciation Day. If you’re an IT worker, we already know how you’ll be celebrating today – it is Friday after all. For everyone who doesn’t do the thankless work of systems administration or IT, here’s your directive: do something, at least one thing, nice…

Webtrends Acquires Testing & Optimization Shop Widemile

Webtrends Acquires Testing & Optimization Shop Widemile

Analytics firm Webtrends has acquired testing and optimization services company Widemile, as announced this afternoon in a blog post by Webtrends. Webtrends provides analytics on customer activity online to big name companies such as Microsoft, Virgin Atlantic, ShopNBC and McAfee. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

What…

Gliffy Unveils the First Online Diagramming API

Gliffy Unveils the First Online Diagramming API

Gliffy, one of the top Web-based diagramming tools, has released the first API for any service of its kind. This software as a service just got a complete UI makeover, and that, plus this new move, will let Gliffy really lead the pack in this space.

The API is in public beta as of today. The developers who got access to the trial run have already…

Fujitsu FlexFrame Now Integrates with Oracle VM

Fujitsu FlexFrame Now Integrates with Oracle VM

Fujitsu has announced the newest version of its FlexFrame for Oracle, and it now supports the Oracle VM, the server virtualization software.

By integrating with Oracle VM, FlexFrame can now handle a more dynamic enterprise infrastructure. A centralized storage system may not be as new and exciting as the cloud, but this new partnership will…

How To: Use Virtual Worlds for Business

How To: Use Virtual Worlds for Business

Despite the hype, only 11% of enterprises have adopted virtual worlds to augment their work, says a new report by Forrester. Virtual worlds have been around since about 1995, but it took businesses half a decade to realize the potential value within the enterprise.

But the research released this week isn’t just an outline of the market: it’s a…

Socialcast: CEO’s Status Should Be Louder Than Yours

Socialcast: CEO’s Status Should Be Louder Than Yours

Socialcast, the enterprise microblogging platform, thinks that HR and C-level executives deserve extra recognition in the corporate status stream. Its new Broadcast Message feature gives announcements by higher-ups priority if they want it, effectively creating the Reply All of the micro-messaging world.

For a startup whose entire value…

Collaboration Suite WizeHive Gets Ready to Leave Beta

Collaboration Suite WizeHive Gets Ready to Leave Beta

“It was a nightmare.” That’s how CEO Mike Levinson described trying to organize his work with DreamIt Ventures before he set out to create the collaboration tool WizeHive. To date, WizeHive has stood out from the crowd in two ways: it’s workspaces are more customizable than many collaborative suites, and it connects better to the public Web with…

OpenID for Google Apps is Here, But Not Everybody’s Happy

OpenID for Google Apps is Here, But Not Everybody’s Happy

Google announced today that everyone using Google Apps enterprise or education editions can now use their organization’s domain as a federated single sign-on. That means that millions of schools, businesses and other organizations can now use their Apps accounts as an OpenID.

For a movement that has seen adoption held back because of confusion…

IBM Snatches Up Companies Left & Right

IBM Snatches Up Companies Left & Right

Today, IBM announced two acquisitions: source code and application security company Ounce Labs, and SPSS, a provider of predictive analytics. Both purchases arrive on the heels of IBM picking up the privately-held Exeros in May.

Downturn or not, IBM isn’t picking these companies up on the cheap. SPSS — a publicly traded firm — was…

Code.Intuit.com – Partner Platform Gets a Dash of Open Source

Code.Intuit.com – Partner Platform Gets a Dash of Open Source

Intuit launched code.intuit.com today, an open source community that functions as an extension of their partner platform. The new site is designed to give partner companies a free resource with code, toolkits, and documentation for building SaaS apps.

Code.intuit.com has been released as a complement to the federated applications program…

Backup Your Google Docs With LTech’s New Tool

Backup Your Google Docs With LTech’s New Tool

Are you backing up your Google Docs? If not, it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to the cloud. For customers of the enterprise and education versions of the document software as a service, LTech’s new tool lets administrators do comprehensive or selective backups.

There have been options before to backup your Docs, but…

Shareflow: It’s Google Wave, But Available Now

Shareflow: It’s Google Wave, But Available Now

It was inevitable really. Ever since Google Wave burst on to the scene as the next hot thing, someone, somewhere was going to beat Google to the punch and release something comparable. That something is Shareflow, a new SaaS play by New York City-based startup Zenbe.

Up until now, Zenbe has been focused on simple productivity tools like a webmail…