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Is Salesforce planning a post-Oracle future?

There's speculation about Salesforce weaning itself from Oracle, as well as talk about Marc Benioff taking over the Oracle leadership.

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Developers cheer as Atlassian delivers continuously from the cloud

It's hard to reconcile building applications in the cloud with traditional delivery tools. Atlassian aims to resolve that conundrum.

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This site aims to be the Yelp of the SaaS world

Online reviews have already transformed the way people choose everything from restaurants to respiratory therapists, and now SaasGenius wants to do the same for enterprise software in the cloud.

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Quip is taking another swing at Excel with better spreadsheet features

Quip, a Silicon Valley startup that's taking on the giants of the productivity software market, announced a major update to its spreadsheet capabilities Wednesday that's aimed at bringing its service more in line with Microsoft Excel. ...

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Microsoft and SAP deepen partnership with Azure and Office integrations

SAP and Microsoft have expanded an existing partnership to offer new products to users of the Azure and Office 365 cloud services, focused on better integrating the two companies' offerings.

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How the IoT keeps Ben & Jerry’s ice cream safe

Smart technology such as temperature sensors help Udder Ventures keep freezers at its Ben & Jerry's franchises running and prevent ice cream meltdowns

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Slack has hired away a new engineering chief from Pinterest

Slack, the fast-growing workplace collaboration startup that has captured wide attention, has hired Michael Lopp to be its new Vice President of Engineering.

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Eventbrite and HelloSign SaaS offering makes event registration easier

Cloud-based solution makes life easier for event organizers and registrants. Now to get event organizers to use it.

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Microsoft's fascinating GigJam service is open to anyone who wants an invite

Anyone can get into the private beta of MIcrosoft's new GigJam productivity service, which is aimed at helping teams of people collaborate in real time over the Internet, the company announced Thursday.

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Do you know what your APIs are doing?

Do you know what cloud services and APIs your systems are relying on? And do you know how to tell how reliable they are, and whether your vendor’s service level agreement (SLA) covers the performance you need?

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The contract process, and software's role in it

Contract management and negotiation might be boring, but it's a critical piece of the enterprise world.

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Box launches a product just for government users

Box is launching a new offering aimed squarely at government customers in an attempt to get more public agencies to use its file storage and collaboration service.

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Google Slides makes it easier to talk back to presenters

Google is trying to save presentation audiences from having to sit through long rambling questions with a new feature it added to its Slides software on Wednesday.

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Google buys Synergyse to teach customers how to use Apps

Google announced Monday morning that it has acquired Synergyse, a startup that offered businesses a guided tutorial for Google Apps.

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New Microsoft beta lets workers build their own apps without coding

Microsoft announced Friday that it's opening up its PowerApps app creation service to the world, after a private beta period that began last year.

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Fonteva to enable Salesforce app development. Doesn't Salesforce already do that?

Fonteva offers a software development framework built on top of Salesforce.

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New Azure tool helps IT tame SaaS apps

Microsoft Cloud App Security reveals shadow IT and authorized cloud app usage, along with security controls to manage access

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How the cloud is transforming HR

Cloud computing promises benefits in numerous functional areas, but in few has the impact been felt as keenly as in human resources.

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