Tag Archive | SaaS
Gartner predicts a 4.2% growth in IT investments in 2013, highlighting that enterprise software applications and devices (including tablets and smartphones) will be the most impacted items in terms of IT spending. Forrester shares a similar vision and forecasts a 25% increase in SaaS applications spending.
Recently, Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, was in Paris promoting his triumphant vision of the “Cloud” as king, and “On Premises” software slowing fading out of the picture.The firm’s tremendous success is already proof of Benioff’s vision.
Marc Benioff couldn’t have said it better than he did during his Cloudforce New York 2011 keynote speech in New York, “If it isn’t efficient, democratic, scalable, green, or portable, it isn’t cloud computing.” With more than 15,000 customer running out of the cloud, a remarkable 5,000 registered to attend Cloudforce in New York, and more than half of the attendees coming from a small to medium sized business, it’s quite apparent that offering instant scalability to customers, with personalization tools, all wrapped within a social layer, will be key in moving into Cloud 2 Computing for 2011.
Apple recently announced record business growth thanks in large part to the worldwide sale of nearly 15 million iPads. The launch of this tablet was a real, unanticipated success.
I have attended several Cloudforce events over the last few years. It’s impressive to see how those events have grown bigger year after year and how much energy we get from these gatherings! Yesterday in London, we were about 3,000 people listening religiously to Mark Benioff, evangelizing the audience about the benefits of Enterprise Social Media and the new enterprise collaboration revolution.
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is everywhere today. From email to online office suites to enterprise applications from accounting to business intelligence to inventory management, countless individual and corporate users are abandoning their legacy on-premise software systems for the cloud. But is SaaS right for everyone and in every circumstance?