Is SaaS Right for Me
Just like the computing revolutions of the preceding decades -- client/server and Internet -- the cloud revolution will make new technology giants and deliver others to their grave. The cloud is poised to change the software business beyond recognition because it changes everything about the software business in a single sweep -- how software is built and maintained; how software is priced, licensed and sold; and how software is used and consumed.
This shift simultaneously presents an enormous opportunity for all application developers and for those who choose to ignore it, a profound threat.
Worldwide Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) spending is forecast to reach $14.5 billion in 2012, a 17.9 percent increase from 2011, according to Gartner.
The analyst house added that SaaS sales will experience healthy growth through to 2015, when worldwide revenue is projected to reach $22.1 billion. So ignoring the transition to SaaS is not an option for today's application developers if they still want to be on the list of tomorrow's application developers.
The benefits of SaaS are numerous and well documented - expanding to new markets, access to global markets, innovation and incremental revenue, capex changes to opex, revenue predictability, reduced support costs, and faster time to deployment and revenue generation - that the question becomes not is SaaS right for me, but rather is my software right for a SaaS offering?
Is my software right for SaaS delivery?
Despite the hype and the well-documented benefits, SaaS is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Some applications will benefit more from SaaS than will others. If your application or target market fits one or more of these criteria, it's likely you have a good reason to consider SaaS: