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Mega-vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 1
At the time when my recent “SaaSy Discussions” series was already being published, I had an update briefing and great discussion with Colleen Niven Smith, vice

form utility examples  in 2010 and completely form by 2014. This phase is seen as the period of ubiquitous adoption of business service delivery in the cloud. To make a distinction between SaaS and cloud computing, the latter is the next generation of the first, where a complete software environment is subscribed to by a user, and where low-cost, secure, and dependable hardware infrastructure is “rented” from a utility-computing provider. Gartner also recently identified the five attributes of cloud computing here .  This

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Customer Care and Billing (CC&B)

Customer care and billing (CC&B) solutions typically support providers of utilities, telephony, cable, or other services providing companies. CC&B software includes functionality for mediation, provisioning, rating, reporting, financial systems, and billing for voice, data, content, and utility services. 

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