KDDI and Microsoft promote adoption of SaaS among ISVs in Japan

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KDDI Corporation and Microsoft Corp. have reached an agreement to jointly develop and provide applications using a Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery model for corporate users.

The companies also will create a network to provide support to independent software vendor (ISV) partners and stimulate the development of service-enabled applications to develop new SaaS applications.

This is an effort to promote the adoption of SaaS among ISVs in Japan, Microsoft said in a statement.

They also will jointly educate the corporate market on the benefits of the SaaS model.

áUnder the agreement, KDDI will use MicrosoftConnected Services Framework as a foundation for providing services to customers.

The first SaaS application will be built on Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration, a carrier-grade platform that offers enterprise-class e-mail and document-sharing services to corporate customers.

Subscription is a monthly fee-based model, covering mobile and fixed-line communications and the SaaS application.

The service aims to make the work environment more efficient for users by allowing corporate customers to access their data on a PC in the office or on a mobile phone when they are on the go.

A support program will be available to software vendors and corporate solution partners to ensure that they have access to resources to enable them to collaborate as well as to develop and market their SaaS applications.

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