Microsoft sees impressive growth despite epidemic, but LinkedIn lays off nearly 1,000

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Microsoft is a big company. Some parts got a boost from the pandemic, while other parts suffered from it. Microsoft’s cloud services and gaming businesses may have gotten a boost from the work-from-home revolution brought on by the coronavirus pandemic . Both its Azure cloud business, which serves digital services to phones and homes, and its gaming business saw strong gains in the June-ending quarter. Read Full Story

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What is Games as a Service (GaaS) and What Does it Mean For Marketers?

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Games as a Service (GaaS) was introduced as a barrier between consumer cost concerns and user engagement. It offers a way to bring down customer acquisition costs and has been proven to keep users in a game for far longer than the pay-to-play method. EA Games, for example, increased its market value from $4 billion to $33 billion in just six years after introducing GaaS content. Games as a Service acts as a continuous revenue service for developers, allowing them to break their reliance on the one-time purchase. With more games being developed every year, GaaS gives them a competitive advantage in the fight for user attention. It also allows advertisers to get exposure in some of the most popular games played in today’s market. What Is Games as a Service (GaaS)? Games as a Service refers to games that operate without initial purchasing costs and instead, make their profits …

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Best Cloud Storage Services

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. A decade ago, clouds were white puffy things we pointed at in the sky. Today, I suppose that’s still true. But “the cloud” means something completely different. It started as a buzzword, but now, it’s not uncommon to hear it in an afternoon conversation over coffee. In fact, it’s an incredibly common occurrence in our everyday lives. And it’s rise in popularity happened for a good reason—cloud storage is safe, affordable, and undoubtedly easy to use. Plus, it has countless uses, from backups and document archiving to team collaboration and file sharing. But choosing the best cloud storage services isn’t always easy, especially since there are so many options on the market. To make your decision a little easier, I looked at dozens of providers and narrowed it down …

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Key Insights: Revenue attribution, digital titans, advertising & AI forecasts

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30-second summary: 2020’s most valuable companies were Apple (US$1,993 billion), Microsoft (US$1,588 billion), Amazon (US$1,578 billion), and Google (US$1,046 billion). Apple made US $65 billion in consumer electronic goods’ sales for Q4 2020, making it the leader. How the iPhone 12 series promises to will enhance the AR experience which will inject potential spend into AR advertising that will cross $8 billion by the end of 2024. Just 36% of marketing leaders have a measurable revenue attribution strategy in place while a mere 15% are in the process of rolling out a strategy. 95% of marketing leaders are seeing success from an implemented revenue attribution strategy while 31% described this success as best-in-class. Top four departments involved in executing a revenue attribution strategy are – Marketing, Sales, Board of Directors, and Customer Service. According to Statista, the digital advertising market is expected to reach US $398 billion in revenues for …

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What is IaaS? How Does it Affect Your e-Commerce Site?

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Cloud computing has taken over in recent years, and it offers many opportunities for businesses and users. The terminology can be a little complex though, and like with many IT-related things, there are lots of acronyms that get thrown around. IaaS is one acronym you might have seen, but what does it mean, and how can it affect your e-commerce store? Along with PaaS and SaaS , these acronyms describe the different ways businesses can use cloud technology, and choosing the right one for your e-commerce store can make a big difference. What IaaS Means for Your Website If you’re creating a website today, there’s a good chance it’s going to be hosted in the cloud. Very few companies maintain their own servers; instead, they rely on third-party companies to take care of many elements of their online presence. The distinction between IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), PaaS (Platform as …

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Micro Startup Acquisition: The Definitive Guide to Buying and Selling Small Startups

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The problem with selling your startup is the long exit time. Sometimes it can take as long as seven years before you can sell your business and hop on the next idea. And the investors? They feel the same way. Who wants to wait almost a decade to buy a startup when the face of tech is evolving at such a rapid pace? Plus, the price tag on those more established businesses often run into the billions. That’s an expensive mistake if you make the wrong investment. The solution? Micro startup acquisitions. From Facebook to Microsoft, there is a massive trend to seek out tiny teams of five or less, buy them, and use the technology and talent to gain a competitive edge. In this guide, we’ll discuss the benefits of buying and selling a micro startup, the trends changing M&R strategy, and the top tools you can use to …

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How Can iPaaS Help Your Digital Marketing?

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If there’s one thing you need from your digital marketing toolbox, it’s efficiency. You need access to real-time data so you can quickly make the most effective decisions and convert those all-important leads into paying customers. You can start by deploying iPaaS, or “Integration Platform as a Service”. It’s a little tricky to understand at first, but don’t worry. I’ll break it down for you. So, let’s go over how iPaaS works, starting with some fundamentals. What I s iPaaS? Let’s be clear on some terminology before we dive into what iPaaS is. Chances are you’re already using various apps, or Software as a Service (SaaS), across your organization. Statistics show that small businesses use 40 apps on average, and larger businesses use many more. SaaS examples include Monday, Trello, Salesforce, and Gmail. You usually need to switch between these SaaS applications to complete tasks, whether it’s assigning someone a …

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