Bill Pray

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Evaluating SaaS Providers Webinar

by Bill Pray  |  January 21, 2013  |  Comments Off

Join me on Wednesday this week for a presentation on guidance for evaluating your SaaS providers: Please join for a complimentary Gartner webinar. Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Evaluating Public SaaS Cloud Providers Presented by: Bill Pray EST: 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. | PST: 10:00 a.m. | GMT: 15:00 & 18:00 The promise of utility […]

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Evaluating SaaS: What are the Buckets?

by Bill Pray  |  January 9, 2013  |  Comments Off

It is interesting to note that the term bucket is used in several ways with technology. Wikipedia lists the technical uses of the term bucket. Bucket is also a useful metaphor when trying to figure out how to evaluate a software as a service (SaaS) provider and solution. What are the “buckets” for evaluation requirements? […]

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Software as a Service or On-premises?

by Bill Pray  |  November 12, 2012  |  Comments Off

Shamelessly borrowing a bit from Shakespeare – SaaS or on-premises? That is the question. This question is becoming more common place regarding applications that have been previously restricted to or best deployed in an on-premises software implementation. The answer requires a two-pronged evaluation: 1. Identification of the enterprise’s requirements for the application 2. Evaluation of […]

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Field Research: Listening, Distilling, and Creating

by Bill Pray  |  April 18, 2012  |  Comments Off

A picture is worth a thousand words – in this case pretty much literally. One of the methodologies we use to conduct research in Gartner for Technical Professionals is something that was developed and refined by our group over the last few years called “Field Research.” This picture is from the field research I led […]

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Web Conferencing: More Than It Used to Be…

by Bill Pray  |  April 11, 2012  |  Comments Off

Citrix announced today the acquisition of Podio – aptly described as a collaborative work platform. This fits well with the Citrix Online business (e.g. the GoTo product set – Meeting, Webinar, Training, Assist and Manage). It also matches well with Citrix Online’s targeted small and medium business strategy. And it also continues to match Citrix […]

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Catalyst Conference Report: SaaS and Optimization

by Bill Pray  |  August 4, 2011  |  1 Comment

Catalyst Conference in San Diego last week hit high water marks for attendance and participation. I kept busy: 2 workshops, 2 presentations, 3 panels, a roundtable and the MC for the Unified Communications track. Add to that numerous great conversations with a lot of very smart people. Overall, two topics rose to the surface very […]

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Search Warrants for E-mail

by Bill Pray  |  January 27, 2011  |  Comments Off

The roiled waters of legal precedence for e-mail were stirred again with the Sixth Court of Appeals recently ruling that police must obtain a search warrant before accessing e-mail stored by an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Below are some interesting quotes from the opinion issued by the court (http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/10a0377p-06.pdf): “Warshak enjoyed a reasonable expectation of […]

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The Amazing SaaS E-mail Race Update: IBM Achieves Multi-Tenancy

by Bill Pray  |  August 12, 2010  |  Comments Off

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) e-mail continues to be a hot topic for me when I talk with various enterprises, both in terms of viability and market players. Enterprises are seeking to strategically leverage SaaS e-mail to reduce costs and management for e-mail services. This week, IBM improved it’s ability to compete in what I call “The Amazing […]

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Gartner Burton Group North America Catalyst Report

by Bill Pray  |  July 29, 2010  |  1 Comment

This week, I am attending and presenting at the Burton Group Catalyst Conference. For my part, I really enjoy this event because of the great people I meet and the fantastic conversations I get the opportunity to have with many very intelligent people. I always learn more than I share. A few observations from the […]

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