Nay-sayers have leveled plenty of criticism at applications delivered over the Web. The rap has been that customization limitations and integration challenges make software-as-a-service unsuitable for companies with complex application environments.
IBM and Yahoo have developed a free, entry-level, enterprise search application that at least one analyst believes will seriously disrupt the low-end segment of this market where Google has been selling many of its Mini search devices.
The customization of off-the-shelf software is the weakest link in application security. This is particularly true for widely used enterprise products such as SAP and Oracle, according to Gartner research director Rich Mogull.
If controversial IT pundit Nick Carr is right, there may be little tech left to manage in a few decades, thanks to the notion of utility computing. But other industry observers say there are still many hurdles to overcome before the IT-on-tap idea becomes reality.
Sales management is now faster and better for AGF Management Ltd. after the investment management firm deployed a wireless solution for capturing and accessing client data real-time. The application from Waltham, Mass.-based Pyxis Mobile Inc. was recently rolled out to AGF's entire Canadian sales force