Stories by Tom Sullivan

  • Google enhances and open sources its Update software

    Google has both refreshed and open sourced its Google Update software, which is code-named Omaha. By making the software available under the open source Apache license, developers working on an auto-updater can use Google's code, which also enables Google to publish updates and plug security holes.

  • Boomi touts cloud integration service

    Hoping to move up the enterprise ladder, SaaS-style application integration provider Boomi detailed on Tuesday a new version of its service, replete with features targeted specifically at large enterprises.

  • Longjump puts SaaS inside IT shops

    Platform-as-a-service provider Longjump announced this week that its on-demand Business Applications Platform can now be licensed and used within a customer's four walls.

  • HP unwraps Cloud Assure

    Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday detailed new services and software that it claims can help businesses turn to the cloud, namely by boosting security, performance, and availability.

  • IBM leading 'Open Cloud Manifesto' charge

    Let's put the speculation about who's behind the Open Cloud Manifesto to rest right now: InfoWorld has learned that IBM is leading the charge. That's according to two cloud vendors who said they signed the document.

  • Today's IT spending survey laced with a little hope

    Wouldn't it be nice to read about an IT spending study that boasted good news? TNS Global on Tuesday published a report that it claims brings some reason to hope: A small percentage of IT shops are projecting increased spending, and some technologies will likely continue growing.

  • A SaaS app that's free unless it delivers value

    Imagine an application that you don't have to pay a penny for unless it provides measurable value to your company -- and it's up to the vendor to prove that. IT shops the world over would be a lot better off, though the entire class of enterprise applications vendors would be in dire straits if they ever made such a claim. But eGain promises just that.

  • Where today's datacenters have gone wrong

    Today's datacenters are downright cramped, yet forced to continue absorbing more technologies and tapping into the latest trends, all while maximizing efficiency and reducing costs. The current recession makes now the time to glance back for a historical perspective to better understand how to not only survive in this different world but also to best prepare for the future.