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Zuora, the Marc Benioff-backed on-demand billing and payments start-up, has announced what it calls the Z-Commerce Platform, a development platform dedicated to monetizing cloud computing services. Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo describes the widgetry as the start-up’s most important product announcement to date, “a big step towards our vision of being the de facto commerce engine for the cloud.” With Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Force, its existing products, the company’s supposed to have a suite of business cloud solutions focused on driving revenue from cloud computing. It figures there’s huge market potential for a provider of cloud-based commerce capabilities such as subscription billing and payments given predictions like Merrill Lynch’s that puts the addressable market for cloud computing at $160 billion, including $95 billion in business and productivity applications.... (more)

AJAX DocumentViewer Launches Server Based Light Weight Viewer

AJAX DocumentViewer has announced the immediate release of its viewer which can be installed anywhere and can help to view almost any document and image with a web browser. AJAX DocumentViewer offers these key features and benefits: Not a Virtual Printer-Based Converter: AJAX Document Viewer is not a virtual printer based server, which means no installation of a virtual printer on the server. AJAX Document Viewer is based on Multiple Tenancy Concept, resulting in faster conversion rates and performance as multiple users can access the server at the same time and get various docum... (more)

Telerik Releases Robust Mobile Development Platform for .NET Developers

Telerik, an end-to-end provider of development tools and solutions for building cross-platform and mobile applications, has announced the latest evolution of Telerik DevCraft, a toolset for professional .NET developers. With this release, Telerik sets the standard for .NET mobile application development with advancements in touch-friendly controls, data synchronization and cloud mobile back-end services. The company also outpaces the competition with key feature enhancements to its already robust Windows 8 and Windows Phone controls. According to recent research by analyst firm ... (more)

Faster-as-a-Service: Speed Is Now Your Most Important Feature By @Catchpoint | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Faster-as-a-Service: Speed Is Now Your Most Important Feature By Peter Saulitis Just ask VC Fred Wilson. He says, “Speed is more than a feature. Speed is the most important feature. If your application is slow, people won’t use it.” So if you’ve been wondering why speed has appeared in every ad and on every website and product, there’s your answer. These days, it really doesn’t require much to prove that speed is the most important feature of your service; just pay attention to your surroundings one day. Take notice of the person next to you complaining that the mobile site they’... (more)

SYS-CON Media Readers Cast More Than 4,000 Votes In First Week Of Voting

This year it looks certain that a new participation record will be set, as more than 4,000 votes have already been recorded in just the first seven days of voting, and more than 50,000 SYS-CON Media readers are estimated to cast their votes in this year's Readers' Choice Awards. The winners of this years awards will be announced in November at Web Services Edge 2005 West - International Web Services Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The list of companies heading the various polls reads like a "Who's Who" of the most active and enterprising players in the i-technology space - in... (more)

Mandrake 9.0 & Xoops revisited

(LinuxWorld) — I just spent the last few days rediscovering why I like Mandrake Linux and why I don't use it anymore. I downloaded the iso images for Mandrake 9.0 and burned a couple of CDs. About a half-hour later, I had Mandrake 9.0 up and running on my 1-GHz Athlon, based on the Asus A7M266 motherboard. The machine has an NVidia GeForce 3, Intel Ethernet Express Pro 100, Sound Blaster Live!, ATA100 disk drives and 512 MB of DDR RAM. Joe Barr was right to rave about the Mandrake 9.0 install. Mandrake did just about everything right from start to finish, which was a welcome... (more)