Riding the SaaS Wave – Exploring Software as a Service Options

By Bob FosterThe Wave of Software as a Service
 

Innovation from SaaS offerings is not only obvious from newer companies such as Salesforce.com, Netsuite, SalesFusion, Jesubi and others. It’s interesting to me to see the approach the large traditional ERP companies are taking to leveraging the cloud and Software as a Service to further grow their revenues and penetrate new markets. Oracle, SAP and others have spent a significant amount to “build out” their SaaS portfolio; with their integration partners now realizing benefits by building a quality practice around these services.

 

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Is your head in “The Cloud”?

dreamstime_xs_36525815I like clouds. I always have. My mother use to always tell me “my head was in the clouds”. I remember fondly those moments as a kid on a lazy summer afternoon lying on the cool grass and gazing up into the sky, imagining different characters created from the cloud formations…..dogs, cats, my wacky aunt with the crooked nose, etc.

Perhaps that is why I like the technology transformation to “the cloud”. With Steve Jobs announcing earlier this month Apple’s iCloud service; there seems no stopping this movement to using the cloud for both consumer and business needs. I just finished attending an informative Webinar from CRN on cloud computing (and Google cloud strategy), which pointed out that the Cloud market will hit $240 billion in 2020 (Forrester) and Cloud computing services is the top CIO priority in 2011 (Gartner).

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