Recently Gartner released results from major enterprises around the world that showed planned increases for adoption of Software-As-A-Service (SaaS) for businesses. SaaS is an application delivery method giving access to software and applications on a one to many basis, usually based on subscription fees. This method allows businesses to skip the expense of investing in additional hardware, installations, daily upkeep and maintenance of software. We have been seeing this and planning around this trend for sometime, but it is always great to get confirmation backed by real data.
The analysis found that 90 percent of respondents are planning to maintain or increase their investments in SaaS. Some of the major reasons cited were cost-effectiveness, and ease and speed of deployment.
One of the more interesting points in the published results is that over 40% of the organizations are changing their IT environments completely from on-premise to cloud-based solutions. It is hard to deny that businesses are starting to see the benefits of hosted software and that will only continue.
With these results we are definitely excited to see what 2009 has in store for us, as a software-as-a-service organization. We are curious though, what are your SaaS plans for 2009?