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SaaS And Cloud Computing: The Differences Explained

SaaS and cloud computing: the differences explained

The Merlin team is often asked what the difference is between SaaS and cloud computing. We came across this blog post today which helps answer this question.

When businesses are looking to purchase a web-based software, they are often faced with two terms that marketers use interchangeably: Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud computing.

Both terms essentially describe software applications that are delivered and accessible over the internet. However, there are some fundamental differences in these two terminologies. This blog entry will briefly define and compare these two terms so you can better understand their differences and similarities.

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What Drives Business To The Cloud

What drives business to the cloud

Cisco and PC Connection recently undertook a survey on cloud computing. Asked what drives a business to be interested in the cloud, here are some of the key answers:

  • 42 per cent – Improved backup and disaster recovery
  • 40 per cent – Always available application access
  • 40 per cent – Cost savings
  • 38 per cent – Reduction of on-site infrastructure
  • 35 per cent – Easier scalability in capacity
  • 33 per cent – Improved workforce mobility
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SaaS Making Your Work Life More Flexible

SaaS making your work life more flexible

Software as a Service (SaaS) is set to make your work life more flexible. The following is a post from the team at Evolve on the website Successful Workplace which considers how SaaS is changing the way we work.

Cloud computing is having a profound effect on a multitude of industries across the globe, ranging from the health care industry and IT jobs, to law enforcement and how small businesses operate.

It is an area in which there is significant opportunity for growth, innovation and return on investment. SaaS, otherwise known as Software as a Service, is a branch of cloud computing that acts as an “on-demand software” and which is where software and programs are hosted “in the cloud” and delivered by a service provider.

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Merlin announces AOCAP conference silver sponsorship

Merlin Software for Vacation Ownership has announced its continued support for the upcoming AOCAP conference by becoming silver sponsors of the event.

After last year’s success at the technology session, business development director, Mike Ashton, is also set to speak again at the two-day conference.

The ‘Technology pot pourri’ session considers recent technological innovations providing delegates with an update on the latest advances. This time Mike will share with delegates the benefits and opportunities of integrating timeshare software into mobile devices for lead capture straight into their database.

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Merlin Software chosen by Hilton Sharm Dreams

Merlin Software for Vacation Ownership, the leading provider of cloud-based enterprise software for the vacation ownership industry, has been chosen by Hilton’s Sharm Dreams resort.

The luxury resort, which has been in operation for over ten years, is set on the southern point of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. Guests can enjoy a wide range of facilities including nine swimming pools, private beach health club and four restaurants.

Fully sold out five years ago, the 1,500 owners access their weeks on a floating time basis. Owners looking to exchange can convert their weeks to use with either Hilton’s Hhonors programme or through RCI Weeks.

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Merlin Software announces two key appointments

It has been announced today that Merlin timeshare software has made two key appointments in the U.S. and Australia. These appointments reflect recent client acquisition and extend the company’s representation in these important areas.

Bill Schultz, MBA, will join the Merlin team as Vice President Projects for North & South America to manage projects and accounts in these areas.

His appointment gives Merlin Software permanent representation in this important region for the first time.

Schultz has an extensive background in the vacation ownership industry with a strong emphasis on managing financial operations and information technology.

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RCI And Merlin Property Management Interface Launched

RCI and Merlin property management interface launched

Merlin Software started 2013 ahead of the game with the launch of an RCI property management interface that streamlines processes for affiliates.

It has been announced that Merlin Software for Vacation Ownership is one of the first software providers to leverage RCI’s new interface for property management systems.

RCI announced in December 2012 the launch of its Deposit Simplification Interface allowing links between its system and external property management systems.  The aim of the interface is to integrate and automate operational processes for RCI affiliates.  Merlin Software is one of the first to exploit this link.

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