May 19, 2020

Which country would win the 2016 SaaS App Olympics?

European technology sector
GetApp
2016 Olympics
SaaS apps
Real GDPR
2 min
Which country would win the 2016 SaaS App Olympics?

With hundreds of medals won at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, sportsmen and women from around the world made the headlines.

However, SaaS companies are also competing among one another to emerge victories in the ever-congested global app space.

The 2016 SaaS Summer Games, organised by GetApp, pits the top players in the world of cloud business software against each other in a fight to the finish. The aim is to find out which is the strongest software in a series of different categories - or ‘events’ as we’re calling them. We’ll also discover which countries produce the greatest SaaS software, based on the average rating given by GetApp’s users.

The idea is to celebrate the top vendors in the SaaS industry, give software buyers an insight into the most popular choices, and have a bit of fun along the way.

The categories, or “events”, featured at the SaaS Summer Games are:

  • Accounting
  • Business intelligence
  • Employee scheduling
  • Marketing automation
  • Social media marketing
  • Learning Management Systems
     

Aside from these six categories, GetApp has also published an overall tournament leaderboard highlighting the top SaaS software-producing countries. This is based on the average user rating given to all applications originating from each country, across 27 different categories. To qualify for the SaaS Summer Games, apps need to appear in GetApp’s Category Leaders ranking of the top 25 software in a category.

GetApp’s users have cheered on their favourite software and trash talked their least favourite solutions to help these Summer Games come together.

Considering the amount of SaaS apps coming out of the US, it’s amazing that only one American vendor bagged a gold medal. Praise should go to their North American rivals Canada, who walked away with two golds. The former British Empire was well represented, with four of the six golds on offer going to Commonwealth countries (Canada, Australia and Great Britain). See the graphic below for more detail:

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

GfK
VMware
3 min
VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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