IDG Contributor Network: How SaaS abandonment is killing your enterprise bottom line

Ten years ago every company bought enterprise software, often in abundance. Today, 96% of organizations have now shelved some or all of it. While buying software is daunting, it is essential for competing in increasingly sophisticated industries.

The right software stack can give companies a competitive advantage, and because it is so much easier to buy today, brands are increasingly open to buying from more and more vendors.

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Apple killing music streaming service? Beats me.

Apple is killing its Beats Music streaming service. It all kicks off the end of the month, when Tim’s crew want you to be on Apple Music.

Did y’all think Tim’a let his dough freeze? Oh please.

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Richard Lawler mourns in anticipation:

Now that Apple Music is firmly in place…it’s time for Beats Music to go.

[It’s] a little over a year after Apple completed its acquisition of the music company.  MORE

Stephanie Mlot’s calendar says something slightly different:

Apple is officially shuttering the streaming service 18 months after acquiring it…for $ 3 billion.

Apple Music has since racked up more than 6.5 million paying customers.  MORE

Steven “meta” Musil thinks about Apple digesting Beats:

On November 30…all Beats subscriptions will be canceled. … Apple is encouraging subscribers to migrate…to Apple Music.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.  MORE

Is this bad news? Or good? Neal Ungerleider knows:

Well, Beats Music, it was good knowing you.

This isn’t too surprising. [Apple Music is] a late, but competitive entry to a listening landscape littered with the likes of Spotify, Pandora, and Google Play.  MORE

Romain Dillet agrees:

It was bound to happen, now that Apple Music is available on Android.

Apple waited for the Android release before actually shutting [it] down…for Android users who were using Beats Music.  MORE

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