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April 1, 2010 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Achieving Data Harmony in the Cloud

Access Innovations, Inc. ( announced it is making its Data Harmony suite of software products and services available to clients through software as a service (SaaS) and cloud technology.

Jay Ven Eman, CEO of Access, noted, "Cloud computing was very much a buzzword of 2009, but the trend is expected to expand widely this year as more companies seek to make data and applications available from anywhere instead of relying on desktops and network servers. Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are already offering or scheduled to begin offering cloud platforms this year; cloud computing is also being pushed by the U.S. government."

Ven Eman continued, "We're not doing this to be trendy. We believe that SaaS and cloud computing are reliable and ready for customers now. By making our software available over the internet either using a client or a browser, we are making it more convenient for our customers to use. They no longer need to purchase up front and then find a server, IT support, etc. They can begin using products such as Data Harmony and its suite of taxonomy management tools including Thesaurus Master, MAIstro, and XIS immediately," he explained.

Ven Eman said SaaS and cloud can also potentially save clients money. "Infrastructure spending to support locally installed software can actually exceed the cost of the initial software purchase. IT support can also add to the burden. By using remotely hosted software solutions, users can transfer much of the heavy lifting and costs to the vendor. The initial cost of entry is significantly lower, opening up software opportunities to small and medium sized businesses that were previously unaffordable," he said.

Ven Eman said Access hopes moving its products to a SaaS/cloud delivery model will open them up to a wider audience by providing the means to create smart content. For broader distribution through a web browser, clients can use the cloud computing model and encourage widespread use of the software and the data they add to the system.

Access Innovations offers 90-day free trials of its Data Harmony software through remote access models, allowing qualified organizations and clients to try the software before deciding to purchase it.

Source: Access Innovations, Inc.

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