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IBM grows in cloud and data analytics but overall revenue slides

IBM’s revenue continued to decline in the second quarter but growth in some of its strategic initiatives like cloud computing and data analytics suggest that the company may be on track in its transition plans.

The Armonk, New York, company said Monday that revenue from its new “strategic imperatives” like cloud, analytics and security increased by 12 percent year-on-year to US$ 8.3 billion. That increase was, however, lower than the growth the company had reported in these businesses in the first quarter.

Cloud revenue – public, private and hybrid – grew 30 percent in the second quarter, while revenue from analytics grew 4 percent, revenue from mobile increased 43 percent and the security business grew 18 percent.

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SaaS heats up in revenue and hiring

Things are looking up for small and midsize software and SaaS companies, both financially and in job growth, according to a newly released report.

The Software and SaaS Industry Report and Benchmarks 2015, compiled by benchmark services company Opexengine and the SIIA (Software and Information Industry Association) and released Sept. 10, was based on a survey of more than 100 business-to-business software and SaaS companies with revenues between $ 3 million to $ 300 million; 78 percent of the participants were private companies.

“This year, both private and public software and SaaS companies recorded strong revenue growth rate overall,” the report states. “The leading companies in the 2015 benchmarking — the top 25 percent by annual revenue growth — reported topline gains of almost 150 percent [in 2014 compared to 2013]. This same quartile of top producers reported annual revenue gains of 100 percent last year.” Private firms saw annual growth of 55 percent in 2014.

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