Practically Speaking About Cloud Computing: SaaS: Software as a Service

SaaS: Software as a Service

SaaS – Software as a Service From the old term of ASP or Application Service Provider, the service of providing Software Applications On-Demand over internet dates back a decade or more.  However, with Cloud Computing entering with real time zeal, SaaS is banging enterprises with resurgence.  During the year 2009 – 2010, the significant industry buzz has turned towards Cloud Computing – a wider and broader concept than SaaS or ASP itself.  As per Gartner, SaaS revenue within enterprise was pegged at around $ 7.5 Billion in the year 2009 and for the current year estimated to be around $ 8.5 Billion.  As per IDC study, the total revenue of SaaS in 2009 was $ 13.1 Billion.  Last year, more than 50% of enterprises have already implemented one or more SaaS application for their enterprise.

SalesForce.com

Software as a Service is more alive now than Software! Salesforce.com is the poster child of SaaS.  The company which struck the Software! Currently, Salesforce claims to have more than 80000 SaaS customers. The first and perhaps, the only company that has reported more than a Billion dollars in revenue in the cloud computing industry space.  The company itself claims to be the “enterprise cloud computing company”, has been ranked as Fortune’s fourth fastest growing company last month. The company is well known for its CRM – Customer Relationship Management – SaaS offering.  The 2010 CRM Market Awards for the Best Enterprise Suite CRM, Best Mid-Market Suite CRM, Best Small Business Suite CRM has been bagged by Salesforce from CRM Magazine. As in the case of major software vendors, Salesforce.com has fully utilized the power of Network partner and Channel sales to become Leader in SaaS.

SaaS Benefits


SaaS Considerations

The first wave of SaaS companies moved traditional Enterprise Applications like CRM – Customer Relationship Management on to the hosted cloud platform.  Now almost all enterprise software companies are porting their application and delivery model to SaaS.  From the perspective of SaaS user, Security is one of the prime concerns. The identity management in the cloud, SaaS offerings without any Standards,  Secrecy about the Internals of SaaS Service Companies, the threat from ubiquitous access methods and devices, moving the data away from its territory are cited as major risks to consider before adoption.  On the other hand, 61% of the enterprises who have implemented one or more SaaS applications feel that they are satisfied and say that their expectations have been fully met by SaaS.

The top 5 SaaS categories are: CRM and Sales Automation, Online Data Backup, E-Mail Spam /Anti Virus Control, Accounting and Payroll Management and Network Monitoring tools. The studies conducted with enterprises show that they are readily moving to the categories like E-Mail Spam Filtering,  Network Monitoring tools etc… as they are the first candidates of cost cutting from Capex. (Capital Expenses.)

The Last Word

SaaS provides some real benefits to enterprises of whatever size and so is gaining ground fast.

Article By Malick with CloudTweaks.com

Follow Us!

CloudTweaks

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information. Most of the excellent CloudTweaks articles are provided by our own paid writers, with a small percentage provided by guest authors from around the globe, including CEOs, CIOs, Technology bloggers and Cloud enthusiasts. Our goal is to continue to build a growing community offering the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more...
Follow Us!

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Join Our Newsletter

Receive updates each week on news, tips, events, comics and much more...

Can I Contribute To CloudTweaks?

Yes, much of our focus in 2015 will be on working with other influencers in a collaborative manner. If you're a technology influencer looking to collaborate with CloudTweaks – a globally recognized leader in cloud computing information – drop us an email with “tech influencer” in the subject line.

What is the 12/12 Program?

This program is designed to better handle the thousands of requests we receive from people looking to submit articles. The 12/12 program is the commitment of 12 articles delivered over a 12-month period.  

Wait! What if I just want to submit one article?

Our popular pay as you go sponsorship program provides the flexibility to submit as you wish and is designed for all budgets.

Contributors

Ten Tips For Successful Business Intelligence Implementation

Ten Tips For Successful Business Intelligence Implementation

Ten Tips for Successful Business Intelligence Implementation The cost of Business Intelligence (BI) software goes far beyond the purchase price. Time spent researching, implementing, and maintaining your BI investment can snowball quickly and mistakes are often expensive. Your time is valuable – save it by learning from other businesses’ experiences. We’ve compiled the top ten

Knots And Cloud Service Providers

Knots And Cloud Service Providers

How Do These Two Compare? In Boy Scouts, I learned how to tie knots. The quickest knot you can tie is the slipknot. It’s very effective for connecting one thing to another via the rope you have. It was used in setting up tents, mooring boats to docks temporarily and lifting your food up into

What Ever Happened To Google Glass?

What Ever Happened To Google Glass?

What Ever Happened to Google Glass? It was supposed to be the next big thing in tech so where did it go? Last year you could not go anywhere without hearing about some insane new use for the product and now it seems to have vanished in a plume of smoke. A Lackluster Rollout Back

Posted on by

Big Data

To Have and Have Not: Big Data Initiatives In Developing Countries

To Have and Have Not: Big Data Initiatives In Developing Countries

Big Data Initiatives In Developing Countries The poor of the developing countries are becoming increasingly connected, to the point where they too are part of the Big Data revolution that’s happening across the globe. It didn’t come with laptops, though, as some supposed it would. Whereas it costs a fortune to connect broadband to a

Big Data In Your Garden: Initiatives For Better Understanding Nature

Big Data In Your Garden: Initiatives For Better Understanding Nature

Big Data in Your Garden Big Data and IoT initiatives are springing up all across the globe, making cities, protesters–and just about everything else–smarter. However, thus far there’s been little attention paid to the interactions between these bizarre technologies and living things other than humans. Biology, that is, human biology is one field where Big

Who Holds the Key to the City: Big Data and City Management

Who Holds the Key to the City: Big Data and City Management

Big Data and City Management Cities like New York, Madrid, and especially Rio de Janeiro are augmented with Big Data-powered initiatives that range from combating crime with predictive analytics (New York & Madrid) to providing real-time data for improved management. Although Big Data is no panacea and is mainly used in conjunction with a greater

Internet of Things

Where’s the Capital of the Internet of Things?

Where’s the Capital of the Internet of Things?

Where’s the Capital? We all know the capitals of fashion are London, New York and Paris, while the capital of film is Hollywood (or Bollywood!) – but what’s the new capital of the internet? Specifically, the internet of things? The answer – according to new research by Ozy – might surprise you. It’s not Tokyo, Seoul,

Smart Cities – How Big Data Is Changing The Power Grid

Smart Cities – How Big Data Is Changing The Power Grid

Smart Cities And Big Data As Anthony Townsend argues in his SMART CITIES, even though the communications industry has changed beyond recognition since its inception, the way we consume power has remained stubbornly anachronistic. The rules of physics are, of course, partially to blame, for making grid networks harder to decentralize, as opposed to communication

Aggregated News

Popular News Sources

Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the Human Wrist

Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the Human Wrist

It’s not just a thumb war, it’s total digit war The battle for the future of the human wrist entered a new phase on Monday after it was claimed that tech goliath Microsoft is planning to release its own wearable computer in the coming weeks.…Read the source article at The Register About Latest Posts Follow

Standards Organization ISO Takes on Cloud Computing Standards

Standards Organization ISO Takes on Cloud Computing Standards

Given the quality differences in different cloud services and issues of compatibility, ISO, the world’s best known standards body has issued two standards related to cloud computing…. Read the source article at Web Host Industry Review About Latest Posts Follow Us!CloudTweaksEstablished in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing

IBM Paying $1.5 Billion to Shed Its Chip Division

IBM Paying $1.5 Billion to Shed Its Chip Division

IBM will pay $1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed its costly chip division. IBM will make payments to the chipmaker over three years, but it took a $4.7 billion charge for the third quarter when it reported earnings Monday. Read the source article at Mashable About Latest Posts Follow Us!CloudTweaksEstablished in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is