Analyst firm Gartner today released their Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Platform as a Service. Microsoft was placed in the leaders quadrant by Gartner. Salesforce is the only company that is ahead of Microsoft in this space. A PaaS that is designed to enable runtime deployment, management and maintenance of cloud business application services is an application PaaS (aPaaS). An aPaaS that is designed to support the enterprise requirements for business applications and application projects is an enterprise aPaaS. Their comment about Microsoft, Microsoft Microsoft’s offering, Windows Azure, has evolved into an environment that supports IaaS and PaaS models. As a result of adding full IaaS capabilities, as well as fleshing out its private cloud strategy, the vendor now provides the onramps that are making PaaS much more approachable for enterprises. The vendor’s approach is to focus on a “cloud first” push toward frequent updates and an aggressive approach ...

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In an interview to Venture Beat, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff spoke about the current state of Microsoft, Bill Gates and their ability to compete with Salesforce, etc,. He commented that Microsoft is not able to execute in the market despite having great assets. He even criticized Microsoft’s business strategy and vision. What do you think about Microsoft’s ability to compete right now? It’s been very limited. I think the Steve Ballmer decision was a very good decision by Steve and by the board, but probably five years too late. I know that company really well, and I have a huge amount of respect for them. I’ve competed with them over the last 25 years. I think Bill Gates is amazing; he’s my role model. He saved ten million lives in the last decade. It’s amazing. And if you look at Bill Gates, he’s happy, he’s joyful, he’s relaxed, he’s having ...

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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff showed his excellent grasp of business reality on Friday when he said Windows 8 will be the end of the dominance of Windows in business, also going on to say LTE will replace WIFI and WLAN, and with that installed software. Windows has become “irrelevant,” he said,  being displaced by next-generation LTE wireless networks that will “disintermediate” the need for WANs and LANs, along with “all of these great services that are available right off the cloud.” “Now, we’re not completely there,” Benioff added. “Everything is not heterogeneous client, everything is not LTE, everything is not cloud … But we’re going to this great new place in our industry.” He said Windows 8 will not be an automatic and inevitable upgrade for CIOs; like Windows 7 was. He said Windows 8 will force CIOs to ask “am I going to Windows 8, or am I going ...

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