The Deceptive Ease of the Startup Process

Born-in-the-cloud companies delivering digital services often fall short in a critical area. Because so many critical barriers to entry to creating an as-a-service company have been eliminated, there has been a mad rush to the as-a-service model on the part of many startups, some of which have become quite successful. The biggest problem that exists is a growing misconception on the part of born-in-the-cloud startups, that creating the infrastructure to a company is equivalent to creating the company. One can, conceivably, create an app, build a website and populate it with content, and add in an e-commerce component and a…

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Latest Mobile Market Share Data Shows Android at 55%, Apple iOS 41% in the USA

Android Share Growth Slows After Historic Gains Last Period, While iOS Returns to First Growth Phase in Great Britain Since October 2015 The latest sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the three months ending in April 2016 shows Android accounted for 67.6% of smartphone sales in the US, followed by iOS at 30.7%. These survey results are being released during the same week as Apple’s annual software conference, WWDC 2016, and less than a month after Google’s I/O 2016 developers’ conference. The similarities in the services and products launched at those two conferences are noteworthy, according to Lauren Guenveur,…


Weather-tech updates from LiveHailReports.com

Severe thunderstorms caused more than $12 billion in insured damage across the United States last year, according to the Insurance Information Institute, and hail associated with these storms is often the source of claims for roof, auto and related hail damage. That was true in Nebraska, Texas, Illinois and other states where more than 5,500 hail events occurred. The good news for insurance professionals, and roofing and storm-related repair providers, is that tools to track hail events have just gotten better – and just in time for autumn’s “second season” of severe storms, which historically bring October and November storms…


Industry Leaders Convene on Channel Data Management Imperative

By Margaret Steen February 15, 2016 Channel Data Management (CDM) gives manufacturers and their channel partners new insights into every part of the sales cycle. But, to achieve clear analysis to fuel every channel decision requires innovation, technology, and a willingness to change. At a recent Industry Summit in Silicon Valley organized by Zyme, a pioneering developer of cloud-based CDM, participants from technology and consulting companies discussed both the promise of CDM — and what’s needed to implement it successfully. Channel sales — which account for trillions of dollars in sales each year — have traditionally lacked good data, said…


NetEnrich’s “Start Easy” Closes the Usability & Management Gap in Unified Communications

Communication and collaboration is at the heart of every company’s success, but the proliferation of tools – including voice, video, messaging, call center apps and more – can cause communication to break down if not managed properly. The resulting management and usability gap keeps many companies from realizing the full potential of Unified Communications and VOIP, due to the constant need for IT to attend to the physical and availability demands that complex and bandwidth-hungry UC places on the infrastructure. NetEnrich’s “Start Easy” Automation Powered Managed Services for Unified Communications allows the potential of UC to be realized, closing the…


Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce: Enhanced Channel Data Management Suite from Zyme

By Art Smith / Users of Salesforce.com can now elevate their channel program success, drive sales growth, and improve partner satisfaction with accurate and on-time incentive payments, according to channel data management cloud software developer, Zyme. The newly enhanced ChannelView Suite of Channel Data Management (CDM) applications from Zyme is now available on the Salesforce AppExchange for users of Salesforce CRM. This announcement was made at Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce 2015 conference in San Francisco. The ChannelView suite of applications from Zyme integrates high-quality channel intelligence and a sophisticated incentives validation engine with Salesforce. The Zyme CDM tools on Salesforce AppExchange are enhanced with Zyme’s…