The future of the SaaS market

August 29, 2008
Cisco spends $215 million on PostPath
Nicholas Carlson writes that Cisco Systems will soon have another company to add under its acquisition belt.

“Cisco Systems will acquire open source email and calendar software-maker PostPath for $215 million. Cisco VP Charles Carmel says the company will integrate PostPath, usually called an alternative to Microsoft’s Exchange, with WebEx software, which Cisco acquired for $3.2 billion in March 2007.”

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Insider: Blu-ray player prices coming down soon
Jose Fermoso brings good news to Sony Blu-ray player fans; its BDP-S350 player will be reduced by more than 25 per cent next month.

“According to an industry insider quoted by Consumer Electronics Daily, Sony will lower the player’s price to a reasonable $300 (from $400), opening up a spot for its new player (the BDP-S550) to be released in October. Apparently, a few other Blu-ray player manufacturers are scheduled to start the move downwards. Funai, which controls Philips and Insignia, will also lower the prices of its own Blu-ray players to a similar price.”

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The end of SaaS? Or just the end of hype?
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Joshua Greenbaum offers his thoughts on the SaaS market after Harry Debes, CEO at Lawson, said that that particular segment will collapse in two years.

“There are other good reasons why SaaS/on-demand isn’t going away – ever – such as what I call value-added SaaS. And when customer choice becomes passe in the enterprise software market, I hope I’m long retired. SaaS isn’t collapsing, it’s only just getting started.”

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