Welcome!

@CloudExpo Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Zakia Bouachraoui, Liz McMillan

Related Topics: Agile Computing, @CloudExpo

Agile Computing: Article

Appirio Leverages Force.com

Professional Services Enterprise bridges the gap between how projects are sold and how they are delivered

Appirio Tuesday launched a cloud-based professional service automation (PSA) solution on Salesforce.com’s Force.com platform.

Called simply Professional Services Enterprise, it’s supposed to be designed for the most sophisticated professional service organizations, delivering end-to-end support for managing people, projects, customers and transactions.

Appirio claims that the widgetry is different from other solutions in supporting a services business end-to-end, bridging the gap between how projects are sold and how they are delivered. And then of course there are the cloud’s TCO advantages.

It says it can help you make your numbers: As the quarter closes in, services executives can identify a project that has been booked but not scheduled, and assign resources to accelerate the project’s delivery to meet the quarter’s sales goals.

It also says it can help put the right people on the right projects: A practice manager working on closing a big deal can make a tentative resource request for highly sought-after individuals with certain skills level while the deal is still in the pipeline as well as help improve utilization and stay on budget.

The company got IDC to say that “Traditional enterprise apps fall short of the mark for project-based businesses; many times meeting less than 50% of the business requirements” so the time is ripe for a cloud solution tailored to large 1,000-man professional service organizations.

Pricing starts at $45 a user a month for organizations with more than 100 users.

More Stories By Maureen O'Gara

Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


CloudEXPO Stories
Every organization is facing their own Digital Transformation as they attempt to stay ahead of the competition, or worse, just keep up. Each new opportunity, whether embracing machine learning, IoT, or a cloud migration, seems to bring new development, deployment, and management models. The results are more diverse and federated computing models than any time in our history.
On-premise or off, you have powerful tools available to maximize the value of your infrastructure and you demand more visibility and operational control. Fortunately, data center management tools keep a vigil on memory contestation, power, thermal consumption, server health, and utilization, allowing better control no matter your cloud's shape. In this session, learn how Intel software tools enable real-time monitoring and precise management to lower operational costs and optimize infrastructure for today even as you're forecasting for tomorrow.
"Calligo is a cloud service provider with data privacy at the heart of what we do. We are a typical Infrastructure as a Service cloud provider but it's been designed around data privacy," explained Julian Box, CEO and co-founder of Calligo, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Isomorphic Software is the global leader in high-end, web-based business applications. We develop, market, and support the SmartClient & Smart GWT HTML5/Ajax platform, combining the productivity and performance of traditional desktop software with the simplicity and reach of the open web. With staff in 10 timezones, Isomorphic provides a global network of services related to our technology, with offerings ranging from turnkey application development to SLA-backed enterprise support. Leading global enterprises use Isomorphic technology to reduce costs and improve productivity, developing & deploying sophisticated business applications with unprecedented ease and simplicity.
While a hybrid cloud can ease that transition, designing and deploy that hybrid cloud still offers challenges for organizations concerned about lack of available cloud skillsets within their organization. Managed service providers offer a unique opportunity to fill those gaps and get organizations of all sizes on a hybrid cloud that meets their comfort level, while delivering enhanced benefits for cost, efficiency, agility, mobility, and elasticity.