Inside SaaS - October 7th, 2019

Inside SaaS (Oct 7th, 2019)

TSA considering SaaS solutions / SAP partners with Infosys / NCR Corp Vision SaaS


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1. The Transportation Security Administration [TSA] says it is considering using SaaS solutions for services like email, implementing the likes of Salesforce. The move is part of the agency's cloud strategy update, wherein the agency will adopt a "Cloud First" approach for all new IT services. TSA is also considering using IaaS and Paas solutions for custom apps hosted in data centers, and more. - FEDSCOOP


2. SAP has partnered with Infosys on Innov8, a program that aims to help enterprises embrace digital transformation. Together, the duo is working on building a joint go-to-market engagement model between project Embrace from SAP and Innov8 program to help companies move away from traditional to digital transformation based on SAP S/4HANA to build intelligent enterprises Embrace is a SAP project that aims to encourage the embrace of cloud and digital technologies from SAP. - BUSINESS STANDARD


3. NCR Corporation, a global enterprise technology company for the banking industry, announced it has released a SaaS model of Vision, a NCR self-service device management solution. Vision SaaS aims to give banks or credit unions transparency and control over their ATMs. It also aims to improve availability, customer experience, security, business performance, and compliance. "More and more banks are moving to as-a-Service models to maintain and drive more frequent innovation through self-service channels,” said Terry Duffy, general manager, Digital First Software and Services, NCR Banking. "NCR Vision SaaS frees the financial institution to focus on delighting customers and business priorities rather than infrastructure and application support." - ZACKS


4. Cloud-based bank operating solution nCino raised $80 million in a venture round. The round led by Chip Mahan and T. Rowe Price, with participation from its existing investor, Salesforce Ventures. The company will invest the funds in research and development, global expansion, and new talent acquisition and employee development. Altogether, nCino has raised $213.2 million over eight rounds. - CRUNCHBASE NEWS


5. Golden Software, a leading developer of affordable scientific graphics software used by over 100,000 scientific and high-tech clients worldwide, announced its software products are now available on GeoCloud. The company will be using GeoCloud, is a cloud-based software-as-a-service platform hosting geospatial, mapping, and geoscience applications, to host six products. "We put our software products on the GeoCloud platform because we were impressed with their responsiveness in making sure the latest version of each package was available, which guarantees users will have the best experience possible with Golden Software products,” said Blakelee Mills, Golden Software CEO. - AMERISERV


6. In case you missed it, Dropbox announced a number of new features, such as the launch of Dropbox Spaces, the up-gradation of Dropbox Business, and more during its Work in Progress conference. The company also Dropbox announced a new partnership with BetterCloud. As a part of the alliance, Dropbox invested $5 million into the company, while BetterCloud has introduced a number of new features for Dropbox such as, for example, the Automated Workflows feature. - MORNINGTICK


7. According to a recent report from Zylo, only about 62 percent of all enterprise SaaS licenses are used in the average 30-day period, wasting licenses. In this piece, Zylo's CEO explains how businesses can optimize the purchase of enterprise software licenses, thus saving and earning more money. For example, he encourages enterprises to first identify all buyers within an organization so that way it's easier to gain a scope of the needed solution and right-size. - FORBES


8. Tomasz Tunguz, Managing Director at Redpoint, dives into some of the most interested SaaS trends of 2019. Product driven growth, hybrid delivery models and machine learning, are just some of the trends he mentions. "Today every company is mobile, and every company uses machine learning. Users and buyers are starting to expect machine learning and most of their products, and looking for software to improve with time," writes Tunguz. - FORBES


9. According to this piece, Microsoft's Windows Virtual Desktop offering will open opportunities in the desktop-as-a-service market, and boost park channel partner business, particularly increasing demand for consulting and implementation support services. The post continues, adding that it may even "supersede" on-premises virtual desktop infrastructure deployments. We believe that WVD will drastically expand the interest in remote desktops and applications far beyond what we have seen in the past," Henning Volkmer, president and CEO at ThinPrint, a Berlin-based company and WVD partner said. - TECH TARGET


10. Lawrence Diamond has joined the healthcare tech company, True Nature Holding, Inc.'s Board of Directors. He is also now the CEO of its senior management team. "Larry has a career in both healthcare and technology, with extensive experience with publicly held companies," Ronald Riewold Riewold, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said. "He understands both finance and marketing, a unique combination of skills that can help us provide real value to our shareholders." - YAHOO FINANCE


Written and curated by Inside Dev and Inside Deals Editor Sheena Vasani, a freelance journalist based in California. Proficient in Javascript and Ruby. Got my start at Dev Bootcamp and Thinkful.

Edited by Bobby Cherry, a senior editor at Inside.com who also curates Inside Pittsburgh.


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