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Salesforce users: Big contracts signed early may get you special discounts, but watch out after that

Be prepared for price hikes of as much as 5 percent annually when those new contracts expire, a report suggests

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Dropbox woos large businesses with new Enterprise offering

Large enterprises have a new Dropbox product tailored for them that the company unveiled at its user conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.

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Google boosts its enterprise chops with Apps for Work partnerships

New group of eight recommended partners will help with identity management, telephony, and more

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Can Oracle lead in the cloud? Only if customers follow

'It's all about getting customers converted,' one analyst says of Oracle's future in the cloud

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Intel Security will discontinue McAfee SaaS products

Some products will be replaced, but admins will need to start over for setup and configuration

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Oracle's Larry Ellison unveils new services, products in cloud push

The cloud, big data, and security dominated Ellison's keynote at Oracle OpenWorld

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Microsoft expands Power BI's visualizations with help from users

Microsoft launched new capabilities for its BI service that allow users to add custom visualizations to their dashboards

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Google to enterprises: Ditch your Microsoft contract early for us

New program lets businesses use its productivity suite for free while under contract to another company


Build analytics into business applications

How can vendors of business applications get analytics features to their users? From data extraction to APIs to deep integration, controlling the data delivery chain is critical. Zendesk’s acquisition of BIME Analytics is a perfect...

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Why companies are switching from Google Apps to Office 365

The combination of familiar software and enterprise-class support is bringing early adopters disappointed by Google’s lack of progress back to Microsoft

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IBM's Watson Analytics offers new data discovery tools for everyday business users

Features include 'Expert Storybooks,' new data connectors, and more secure connections to corporate information

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SAP unveils SaaS analytics platform

SAP Cloud for Analytics combines business intelligence, planning, and predictive analytics into an offering built on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform

A better approach to cloud encryption

Many cloud encryption solutions weaken security to preserve functionality; it doesn't have to be like that

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Microsoft: Go old-school to lock down Office from changes

Microsoft tells businesses to purchase one-time licenses -- not an Office 365 subscription -- if they don't want to receive constant changes

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Microsoft expands FastTrack service to aid Office 365 migration for businesses

Microsoft now lets anyone with a major Office 365 ProPlus subscription get access to its migration services all the time

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Many SAP users are still skeptical about S/4Hana and cloud ERP

SAP placed a big bet on S/4Hana when it launched the new enterprise suite earlier this year, but users aren't so sure it's the technology they're looking for.

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iPad Pro users will need to pony up for an Office 365 subscription

The tablet's big screen size means editing Word documents will now cost you

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Microsoft offers half-price Office 365 to entice Windows 10 users

New promotion aimed at getting users of old versions of Office onto its subscription service offers a year of Office 365 for $35

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