Admittedly, we didn't spend a heck of a lot of time reviewing SaaS applications (does anyone really want to know the gory details of every seasonal Salesforce release?), but contributor James Borck found occasion in May to evaluate Zoho CRM Enterprise Edition. And Curt Franklin put Google Docs and Zoho Writer, Sheet, and Show through their paces in a comparison of Microsoft Office alternatives. These cloud-based productivity apps have gotten a surprising amount of traction, mainly because of the way they lend themselves to collaborative document creation and management.
We don't expect the controversy over what cloud computing really means to end anytime soon. When you're the only exciting game in town, everyone is going to want a seat at the table, even though some players may have a slightly different game in mind. In 2009, you'll see lots more cloud computing coverage from InfoWorld, as well as a lot more adoption from companies that would rather pay a little more in operating costs than invest in infrastructure to get the new capabilities they really need.
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