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New cloud services you may not have considered yet

by Scott Wallask

May 18, 2010

By Scott Wallask, Insider Learning Network

Those of you unfamiliar with cloud computing should check out an easy-to-read overview as part of our premium content at CRM Expert.

The article made me ponder other on-demand or Web-based services and why people didn’t refer to them as “cloud” applications. For example:

- Cloud-e-commerce—For CRM devotees, a new, moody vibe for the online store

- Cloud with a SAPPHIRE lining—An idea to retool the name of the virtual component of SAP’s annual customer conference, which is going on right now in Orlando

- Cloud channel—This sounds much more pleasant than the typical “video on-demand” moniker attached to programs that you can watch at your leisure on digital cable or the Web.

- Cloud Mine®—Some lucky company will register this name when all customers start settin g up personal cloud accounts, following the success of smart phones and social sites

On the other hand, it’s best to avoid any business relationship with the volcanic ash cloud.

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