Archive for August, 2012

Online Hotel Management Software Firm User Base Grows 300% in Six Months

August 31st, 2012

Frontdesk Anywhere, a leading online hotel property management software company, today announced that everyday over 3,000 people rely on their software to conduct transactions. Those 3,000 people are conducting over 1.5 million transactions each month, from creating a new reservation booking at a property to checking-in a guest as they welcome them to the property.

“It’s not surprising to see such usage through the busy summer” Frontdesk Anywhere co-founder Thomas Lyle said. “What these numbers tell me is that we have a robust online hotel system that can carry the heavy workload of a very busy season.”

According to the company’s independent metrics over half of the mobile usage was with an Apple iPad. The Apple iPhone is the next most frequently used mobile device.

“We have seen significant growth over the past few quarters. Our technology is well suited for both desktops and mobile devices and we are seeing many forward thinking property managers adopt our software for both its functionality and ease of use,” Lyle continued.


Adobe Flash Player Lives! Multimedia App Supporters (inc. BBC) Keep Software on Google Play Store

August 31st, 2012

With the arrival of HTML 5 for smartphones and tablets, the Flash Player app for the platforms seemed to be going the way of the dodo and its developer Adobe recently pulled the plug on all future updates to the multimedia software. This came as great news to some who felt the software was too obsolete and more a hindrance than a help in the currently demanding arena of mobile media content.

Today however it’s being reported that BBC and a number of other supporters have prevented the current version of the app Adobe Flash Player 11 from being completely removed from the Google Play store for Android gadgets. Despite no further improvements (what could be done?) Flash has remained idle on the former Android Market with Adobe confirming in the app’s description that no further revisions will be available and the product ‘WILL NOT’ be supported beyond current Android standard 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

BBC’s popular iPlayer service which is available online and on many Google Android and Apple iOS running mobile devices is dependent on Flash Player to deliver its free on-demand content to the masses and the removal of the app will of course slow down the world’s biggest broadcaster’s digital push which is doing incredibly well. Not to mention cutting us telly addicts off from our on-the-move fix of top programming like Doctor Who and Eastenders (not so much.)

Adobe backs the Beeb today saying “Flash Player continues to be available on Google Play for users in the UK for a short while due to requests from strategic partners.”


Can VMware Become a Major Partner in Enterprise Software?

August 31st, 2012

It’s always great to see an underdog win. The IT industry boats a long list of innovators who created breakthrough technology and propelled themselves to market leadership against much bigger and well-established competitors. VMware (NYSE: VMW) certainly fits that bill. But with the breadth of its current product portfolio and its aims to create the next generation software-defined data center, the company finds itself in the ring with enterprise software giants that may not be as nimble, but certainly are sophisticated and deeply resourced heavyweights when it comes to going to market with and through partners. In this dimension of its go-to-market strategy, the virtualization darling today is a relative lightweight.

In its defense, VMware is firing on all cylinders right now at the product level. It still has dominant share in server virtualization, is making innovative announcements in its desktop virtualization and management offering, has a robust software development platform with SpringSource and vFabric (and more than a million developers, to boot) and just bought one of the industry’s most innovative software-defined networking companies in Nicira. It’s shooting for the moon with its everything-virtualized and vCloud Suite strategies. Even (NYSE: CRM) and Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) aren’t quite as brazen in their public messaging about being the cloud operating system leader of the future.


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