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  • At its new conference, Microsoft announces new solutions that enhance Office productivity, manage Windows 10 and help IT administrators conquer the cloud.

  • Today, enterprises can offload a wide range of computing services and applications from internal servers and data centers to the cloud. In fact, it is entirely feasible and possibly even cost-effective for a large enterprise to run all of its computing resources in the cloud. So it is no surprise that companies are taking a close look at what internal computing services it can offload to a cloud platform. These services range from Web storage to full business productivity suites that include email, word processing, presentations, online meetings and sales management applications. Companies can buy as much data processing capacity as they could possibly need, whether it is for a single big project that requires a lot of data processing muscle or to run all the applications for an entire enterprise. This slide show looks at 10 software-as-a-service (SaaS) and cloud computing platforms that can provide ways for enterprises to reduce their IT overhead. These days, cloud computing companies offer a menu of services that enterprises can order as a package or a la carte. Read on to learn more.

  • In addition to Azure's new big data processing capabilities, the company announces several new services to facilitate the move to the cloud.

  • The new open-source cloud computing platform adds bare-metal server deployment capabilities.

  • Microsoft announces new Azure SQL cloud services to help businesses tackle large-scale big data projects in the cloud.

  • The social-network messenger saw revenue climb an impressive 74 percent, but it lost $162 million in the quarter -- 23 percent more than a year ago.

  • The implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010 and changes to the 2006 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) have required adjustments in enterprise IT to handle these regulations effectively. Simultaneously, health care providers have migrated to electronic management of patient-protected health information, bringing the security of patient health information (PHI) to the forefront. Industry researchers at IDC estimate that 50 percent of health care organizations experienced between one and five cyber-attacks in 2014. IDC predicts that by 2020, 80 percent of health data will pass through the cloud. Non-compliance can be expensive: A data breach could lead to a $1 million fine from the federal Office for Civil Rights. Cloud-hosting providers are in the security business and have extensive experience that health care providers lack. This slide show, based on eWEEK reporting and input from cloud hosting service provider Connectria, offers insight into why organizations should use the cloud to maintain HIPAA-compliant IT.

  • The pioneer Web services company is investing to compete with such diverse services as YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Pluto.tv.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Of all of the challenges standing in the way of global cloud computing adoption, finding a common interface standard is one of the most important.

  • Updates to the company's CRM platform help businesses graduate from Social Listening to full-blown engagement, setting the stage for social CRM.

  • The companies team up to translate Internet of things sensor data into real-time dashboards for businesses.

  • The company releases new features that empower employees to make decisions about the apps that they need to get their jobs done.

  • Bronto offers a host of capabilities designed to unify a shopper’s omnichannel journey, including messaging and automation features.

  • Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics help the company beat Wall Street analyst expectations for the quarter.

  • IBM announces it is taking its QRadar-based security intelligence solution for cyber-threat analytics to the cloud in a SaaS model.

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