Zuora, the Marc Benioff-backed on-demand billing and payments start-up, has
announced what it calls the Z-Commerce Platform, a development platform
dedicated to monetizing cloud computing services.
Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo describes the widgetry as the start-up’s most important
product announcement to date, “a big step towards our vision of being the
de facto commerce engine for the cloud.”
With Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Force, its existing products, the
company’s supposed to have a suite of business cloud solutions focused on
driving revenue from cloud computing.
It figures there’s huge market potential for a provider of cloud-based
commerce capabilities such as subscription billing and payments given
predictions like Merrill Lynch’s that puts the addressable market for cloud
computing at $160 billion, including $95 billion in business and productivity
Tech Crunch got it from Extreme Tech which got it from Phoronix which got it
from a source at the big FOSDEM open source conference in Brussels that
Microsoft - which is reportedly planning to release Office for Android, a
Linux distribution, this year - is taking a "meaningful look" at releasing a
full native Linux port of Office next year. The source is presumed to be one
of Microsoft's open source developers. Most open source adherents probably
couldn't be persuaded to use Office for any amount of money, but Microsoft
supposedly thinks Linux has "commercial viability" and may ... (more)
A search and online advertising deal between Yahoo and Microsoft is imminent
- unless of course it's blown off course again, according to Yahoo
know-it-all All Things Digital, the Dow Jones blog.
Under the circumstances blogger Kara Swisher isn't guaranteeing a deal will
happen though she hears one could be announced this week.
If the companies don't emerge with an agreement this time, they're reportedly
unlikely to try again.
In its latest structure, which sounds very much like other passed-over
proposals, Microsoft would take over Yahoo's search business, paying Yahoo a
few billi... (more)
Cloud Bootcamp at Cloud Expo
IBM opened a cloud computing laboratory in Hong Kong Thursday to support
LotusLive cloud services.
It says it want to develop LotusLive public cloud collaboration services that
are secure enough for the enterprise as well as hybrid solutions.
The Hong Kong team, built on the e-mail technology and skills of Outblaze
Limited, a Hong Kong company whose messaging assets were acquired by IBM
earlier this year and incorporated into the Lotus brand, is supposed to drive
best practices for its cloud messaging.
IBM claims the LotusLive widgetry, which includes... (more)
Looks like there's not going to be a mammoth, awe-inspiring IPO by Google
Evidently the company's financial advisers think it could do better if it
waits until the stars that govern the market are more auspicious - although
something more auspicious than Google's currently rumored $20 billion
valuation seems a bit vulgar.
According to the Times, as in the Times of London, Google CEO Eric Schmidt
was in the City last week and indicated that the IPO had been postponed. When
asked about going public in a series of closed-door meetings, he reportedly
said, "An IPO is no... (more)