It’s been yet another great week in the CaaS world. Here are some of the top stories we’ve been covering the past week.
At the start of the week, we learned that SaaS Markets had announced a new version of Appclick. Appclick 2.0 gives customers access to more than 2,000 SaaS applications including communications, marketing and accounting, among others.
“As an experienced entrepreneur and tech executive, I know first-hand the frustrations of trying to identify the right cloud-based tools to overcome business challenges such as accounting, cash flow and expense management, marketing and other critical issues that have a consumptive effect on business success,” SaaS Markets CEO Ferdi Roberts said.
Later in the week, we learned that Knowledge Consulting Group (KCG), a cyber-security firm, had completed a cloud assessment for Akamai (News - Alert) that allows the company to act as a Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO) to protect Akamai’s cloud operation. The Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board has given KCG a Provisional Authority to Operate (APO) to protect Akamai’s infrastructure.
“As one of only a handful of companies to receive a Provisional ATO through FedRAMP, this certification opens up significant opportunities for us in the federal space," said Tom Ruff, vice president of the Public Sector at Akamai. "Having KCG act as our 3PAO was an important aspect of our ability to go through the P-ATO process smoothly. Unlike many other cloud providers, Akamai delivers its services via a highly distributed cloud platform. This added complexity to the process, which KCG handled admirably. We look forward to their support in the next phase of the program."
Cbeyond (News - Alert) also announced its new Communications on the Go system for small and medium businesses. It includes Cbeyond Mobile, Cbeyond Communicator, Cbeyond Managed Network Service and TotalCloud phone. The suite not only allows unified communications on the desktop, but extends it to mobile devices, creating a mobile workforce.
Rackforce and Mitel (News - Alert) also announced they are teaming up to offer cloud-based communication and collaboration software tailored for the Canadian market.
“RackForce is poised to greatly accelerate cloud-based communications and collaboration services in Canada both through an offering to its own customer base and by leveraging its data center resources to help other service providers deliver their own white-labeled solution. Powered by Mitel, these services can drive innovation, create new efficiencies and boost productivity,” said Ron Wellard (News - Alert), executive vice president and general manager of Mitel.
Finally, we learned that RingCentral, a provider of cloud-based business applications, was preparing to offer an IPO.
“Our innovative, cloud-based approach disrupts the large market for business communications solutions by providing flexible and cost-effective services that support distributed workforces, mobile employees and the proliferation of ‘bring-your-own’ communications devices,” said a document filed with the SEC (News - Alert). “We enable convenient and effective communications for our customers across all their locations, all their employees, all the time, thus fostering a more productive and dynamic workforce. RingCentral Office, our flagship service, is a multi-user, enterprise-grade communications solution that enables our customers and their employees to communicate via voice, text and fax, on multiple devices, including smartphones, tablets, PCs and desk phones.”
CaaS is a rapidly growing field. Stay tuned for more news through next week.